Many Brits have by no means visited an artwork gallery in worry they may discover it ‘boring’

A fifth of adults keep away from artwork galleries – as they assume they’re too ‘posh’.

Research of two,000 adults discovered 29% worry they’d discover the entire expertise boring and 14% assume they’d wrestle to ‘get’ the artwork they’re observing, and 13% fear they’re too ‘stuffy’ or formal.

But for 46%, these ideas a couple of gallery are all widespread misconceptions, whereas 43% imagine it is flawed that they are solely thought-about should you like artwork.

Other issues many wrongly imagine about galleries embody having to be quiet (31%), that they’re solely full of massive work on the partitions (32%) and just for older folks (29%).

It additionally emerged 40% assume galleries needs to be locations the place it’s time for enjoyable, whereas 31% need pleasure – not critical and formal, with sculpture and interactive installations rated most satisfying.

The average art-enjoyer visits four galleries a year and has five pieces of art in their homes
The common art-enjoyer visits 4 galleries a 12 months and has 5 items of artwork of their houses

The research was commissioned by Gala Bingo, to launch its ‘All The Calls Galary’ – a two day bingo-themed free artwork exhibition in Manchester, on seventeenth and 18th February.

Sara Jolly, head of name, stated “It’s fascinating to see the totally different perceptions of artwork galleries. Art galleries aren’t unique golf equipment for the elite, they’re open boards for creativity and expression. Anyone can stroll by these doorways and join with the wonder and variety of artwork. Contrary to the misperception that artwork galleries are reserved for a choose few, they’re welcoming areas the place people from all walks of life can discover, respect, and discover inspiration.”

The study also found the average art-enjoyer visits four galleries a year and has five pieces of art in their homes or gardens, but 30% of those that like art say the most exciting exhibitions will activate all your senses – not just the eyes.

A third also find visiting galleries peaceful, while 17% leave them feeling more creative. Of all adults polled, 32% preferred classic artists like Vincent Van Gogh, while 13% enjoy the works of contemporary creators such as Damien Hirst.

More than half of gallery-goers recommend that people try visiting one again - as they might enjoy it this time
More than half of gallery-goers advocate that folks attempt visiting one once more – as they may take pleasure in it this time

While three in 10 additionally like viewing artwork with different folks, somewhat than on their very own, in line with the figures. Just below six in 10 (59%) of these like to debate opinions on particular person items, whereas 34% respect being supplied a perspective they might not have seen.

It additionally emerged 53% of these polled assume anybody who hasn’t been to a gallery in any respect or not too long ago ought to give it one other attempt as they may actually take pleasure in it, and gallery avoiders reckon they is perhaps satisfied to attempt one if it was really a part of a enjoyable time out, if it was exhibiting one thing actually thrilling or if a pal stated they’d take them.

Gala Bingo’s Sara Jolly added: “Our ‘Galary’ aims to poke fun at high-concept, fine art, to prove that all galleries aren’t stuffy but can be sensory playgrounds that will bring a smile to people’s faces. The All The Calls Galary opens its doors in Manchester, for one weekend only, to anyone over the age of 18.

“From pictures and sculptures to interactive and immersive pieces, it will showcase art in all its forms to shine a spotlight on the 90 bingo calls at the heart of our community. So, while it’s unlucky for some who’ve not loved galleries in the past, we think it is time to give them another go.”


  1. I’d discover it boring
  2. I do not like artwork
  3. I haven’t got any curiosity within the exhibitions on provide
  4. I wish to spend my free time doing different issues
  5. No galleries close to me
  6. Never had the chance
  7. I am unable to afford it
  8. I may not ‘get it’ (not perceive the artwork I’m )
  9. Too ‘posh’ (as in, you’re feeling prefer it’d be too excessive class, formal, or ‘stuffy’ on your liking
  10. I do not wish to should pay to get in