Striking the right pace in museum programmes: less is more
Welcome to episode 99, where I'm diving into the concept of pacing in museum and gallery programmes, with a particular focus on the idea that "less is more."
Pacing directly influences the participant experience. A well-paced programme ensures that your participants stay engaged, attentive and receptive throughout their journey.
By carefully managing the rhythm and flow of stops, activities and information, we can create a balance that keeps our participants engaged without overwhelming or exhausting them.
"Less is more" is a guiding principle that encourages us to intentionally selecting and presenting a smaller quantity of content, activities, or object, so that we can create more impactful and meaningful experiences for visitors. In this episode, I'll share how this can be achieved by:
- Streamlining content with a carefully curated selection of objects or artworks.
- Being selective, intentional, and thoughtful in programme design
- Incorporating different paces
- Allowing time for participants to engage
- Customizing and adjusting pacing in the spur of the moment
- Emphasizing quality over quantity
Find out why pacing matters and how you can apply the principle of "less is more" in your own programmes to create a more focused and engaged experience for your participants.
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Episodes mentioned in today's episode:
Episode 98 Radio Bart: Exploring Art with Blind Mediators
Episode 42 How to Read a Group
Episode 69 How to use body language to create engagement
Episode 95 How silence is a superpower in museum and gallery programmes
Episode 96 7 Ways to Make Time and Space for Silence
Episode 29 How to Develop a Reflective Practice