ArtSit is an assistive device for use by families and caregivers in museum and gallery settings.
Concept: Home Affairs Art Collective
Product Design: Ozlem Ozkal
ArtSit was piloted at
• Queens Museum during Open Engagement 2018
• The Blackwood Gallery of the University of Toronto Mississauga during Let Down Reflex Exhibition.
ArtSit received support from
• Oberlin College
• IdeaLab at San Diego State University
• Private Foundation
We have been working with art institutions creating inclusive spaces for parents with young children. This summer we designed a furniture piece to assist caregivers during an opening reception, or a museum visit.
ArtSit allows children to be art-level so they can engage with the art, and grown-up level so they don't feel excluded. Typically, artworks are displayed at 57 inches, which is the average human eye-height. A 2-year-old is an average of about 34 inches tall. Children cannot comfortably view and engage with the art. They often need to be carried by their caregivers which creates a unpleasant experience for both the parent and the child.