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We support arts educators, organisations and artists to work together with communities in dynamic, open exchanges that give everyone the opportunity to learn and benefit from the arts.

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Area Groups

Established in 1989 as the National Association for Gallery Education, Engage is the membership organisation representing gallery and visual art education professionals in the UK and over 20 countries worldwide. We work through our members to promote access to and enjoyment of the visual arts.

The Engage network
Engage provides a platform for education professionals working within galleries, museums, heritage venues, schools and other community venues, to meet and connect through Area Group meetings.

These meetings are convened across the nine regions in England, and Wales. Meetings are programme by Area Group Representatives, who work across the UK to:

- Support Engage members in their area
- Help to shape Engage’s work nationally
- Build Engage’s external networks
- Act as advocates for gallery education

Engage Area Group Reps and Special Interest Reps come together to form the Engage Council of members, which meets regularly to offer feedback on projects and programmes, helping Engage to shape activity to benefit colleagues working in the sector. Special Interest Reps represent areas of expertise such as diversity, freelance practice, higher education and digital learning. In Scotland and Wales volunteer Development Groups and Area Reps support the coordinators to develop and deliver their programmes.

Serving on Council is a fantastic professional development opportunity - vacancies are advertised on to members when they become available. You can find a complete list here of engage Council members by clicking here.

Area Group meetings
Engage Area Group Reps programme up to four meetings per year in each region. Meetings often include the opportunity for members to take part in a practical workshop, or hear presentations on research or case studies from within or outside the sector which might help develop your work. Members are encouraged to attend meetings to share and promote your practice and build networks with colleagues. 

Meetings are free of charge to Engage members, and members from any region are invited to attend. Non-members are welcome to attend one 'taster' meeting for £5 before joining.

What's happening in your area?

Members can log-in (see the top right of the screen) and view forthcoming and past activity in their region, using the toolbar on the left to navigate to the right regoinal area. Non-members can view two sample reports here from: Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

Members are welcome to contact their local Rep for advice or to find out what's going on locally. Area programmes, including newsletters, training and networking events are run on a voluntary basis, and depend on local interest and resources.
How engage can help you network
In addition to Area Group meetings, and professional development training and events, Engage offers members and non-members lots of ways to build networks and meet colleagues - both within their geographical area or within specialist knowledge or experience.

Logged-in members can use the Member Finder database to:
 - See who's in your country or area group
 - Message other members privately
 - And to update your own entry

Members and non-members can use Educator Locator to search for freelance education consultants, gallery educators, or artists to meet their needs for any given project. Engage members seeking freelance work can add their details to this database by logging in and going to 'My account'. 

Members and non-members can use Gallery Finder to search for a gallery, art museum or arts centre for an education project or advice. The database includes some 500 galleries, arts museums and arts centres listing educational opportunities and contact details for teachers and parents planning projects or visits. 

Stay in touch
Engage values the views and input of its members. 
Members are invited to to contribute to the review and development of Engage activities via an annual survey; all Engage professional development events and programmes are evaluated; and feedback is also welcomed by email throughout the year.

See further information on the benefits of Engage membership and how to join.


Area news

Engage Scotland and National Galleries of Scotland are working together to deliver an exciting CPD opportunity in Edinburgh on Friday 28 April at the Scottish National Gallery
The legendary Hywel Roberts, creative educator, Mantle of the Expert trainer and author of Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally is returning to National Galleries Scotland to deliver another action packed professional learning session. Teachers, gallery educators and creative learning enthusiasts are invited to join Hywel to hear about his creative pedagogy*. With reference to recent projects that engage young people in exploring the curriculum through art, Hywel will outline his approaches to creative curriculum delivery, including PPP, mantle of the expert and authentic fakes. Tea / coffee available from 2.00-2.30pm. Presentation 2.30-3.30pm. *Please note there are also a limited ...

Extend Leadership Programme 2017-18: Scotland applications now open
Applications for the 2017-18 Extend Leadership Programme for Scotland are now open. There are two places available for those working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors across Scotland. ‘This is the first course I have been on where I have really concentrated and listened to everything. Each part has taught me many things about leadership - knowledge that I will be able to take with me throughout my career.’ (previous Extend participant) Extend is a cross-arts leadership programme for mid-career professionals to acquire and apply leadership skills, working with a cohort of peers from across England, Wales and ...

Engage North East Area Group Meeting 17 May 2017
  Engage North East Area Group Meeting                     Wednesday 17 May 2017, 5pm to 7pm  Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne   Thinking independently - working freelance in visual arts and gallery education   Engage members and regional colleagues are invited to a North East Area Group meeting at the Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Wednesday 17 May 2017. This meeting is open to everyone involved in gallery, museum and arts education in the North East, including artists, gallery staff, students, freelance practitioners, arts organisations and teachers.*   Thinking independently ...

Save the date

North East Area Group meeting: Wednesday 8 November 2017

Engage South East Area Group meeting 4 July 2017
Engage South East Area Group Meeting Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.00 – 16.30 Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne   How can galleries work effectively with schools?   98% of schools in England will see per pupil funding cut by £3 billion a year by 2020, according to the National Audit Office. How can we as gallery educators, respond to the current and predicted national educational landscape in schools? What are the limits and potential of our role within this context? Join us for a meeting at Towner Art Gallery to discuss approaches and opinions as to how as gallery educationalists we ...

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