The term gallery education is used to describe the work done in and with the visual arts and galleries to broaden understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts - through projects and programmes that help people of all ages become confident in their understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts and galleries.

Gallery education continues to develop in response to changes in art practice, changes in audience needs, and changes in formal and informal education.

Many galleries and art museums around the world now have gallery education departments, and gallery education programmes organised and delivered by gallery education staff, working with artist-educators, artists, teachers, professional partners and community leaders.