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.
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