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Engage Cymru is the leading membership organisation for gallery education in Wales and has over 70 members, including galley and museum educators, teachers, local authority officers and artists.

Engage Cymru promotes gallery education through advocacy, regular area group meetings, networking and professional development training events, and through its research projects.

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Engage Cymru event - Unlocking potential - Booking now open!

Unlocking Potential Training

Event Supporting young people to reach their potential through meaningful arts interventions

Thursday 21 September 2017

Denbigh Town Hall, 10am – 4pm

- Exploring recommendations in the Charlie Taylor Review for reducing re-offending

- Bringing youth offending teams, local authority officers, educators, artists and arts organisations together to share knowledge and expertise

- Hear about exemplary practice from across the UK, including partnership projects between galleries and Police & Crime Commissioners

Delegate fee £30 (full rate); £25 Engage organisational member rate and £20 Engage freelance member, Helfa Gelf and AAF members rate.

Speakers

Dusty Kennedy, Head of Youth Justice Board Wales speaking about the Youth Justice Review (the Charlie Taylor Review), and opportunities this may open up for the arts sector

National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

Artists Pip Lewis and Simone Bizzell-Browning will run a practical session on delivering Arts Award

Follow the link above for booking information.

Opportunities to join the Engage Cymru Development Group and Engage Council

Engage Cymru Development Group (ECDG)

The Engage Cymru Development Group (ECDG) operates as a voluntary steering group for the work of Engage in Wales, influencing programming, supporting the Engage Cymru Coordinator’s role, representing the organisation and offering its experience and skills.  

 

We currently have two vacancies in Mid Wales on the group and are looking for people to fill these roles. 

 

This is an opportunity to be part of a lively group working to raise the profile of gallery education and visual arts engagement in Wales. Engage really values working with experienced professionals who are keen to support Engage Cymru and increase the effectiveness of our work.  ECDG members are invited to serve a four year term, which can be continued. 

 

As a member of the Engage Cymru Development Group you will:

- Attend up to four ECDG meetings a year – these are usually half-day meetings which take place in one location with Skype or teleconferencing link to other ECDG members in other regions  

- Provide support for the Engage Cymru Coordinator – usually through regular phone and email contact

- Represent Engage at sector events and help with planning of Engage Cymru training and networking events

- Comment on papers as required 

- Serve a four year term

Current ECDG Development Group Members are:

- Lisa Edgar, Education Development Manager, Ffotogallery

- Eleri Wyn Evans, Head of Learning, National Museums of Wales

- Thomas Goddard, artist 

- Cath Sherell, Freelance educator and project coordinator  

- Maggie James, freelance artist/gallery educator based at Bay Art

- Gwenno Jones, Arts Culture & Events Manager, Flintshire County Council

- A representative from Arts Council Wales also attends ECDG meetings 

Area Group Reps (Engage Council)

Traditionally the Engage Cymru Development Group has operated alongside four Area Representatives (Reps) who cover the geographical regions of South Wales, North East Wales, North West Wales and Mid Wales and serve on Engage Council. It is possible to combine the two roles – Area Group Rep and Development Group Member as some of our current members do. 

 

Area Reps organise one to two Area Group meetings per year bringing together Engage members in their region for networking and sharing practice. They also sit on the Engage Council of members and attend Engage Council meetings. Meetings take place three times a year, usually two in London and one elsewhere in the UK and are an opportunity for members and staff to discuss the organisation’s policies and programmes, as well as hear speakers on agreed topics that are relevant to the sector and gallery education practice. The next Council meetings take place on 16 May 2017 at Nottinghamshire Archives, Nottingham and on 6 September at Goldsmiths College Library, London.

 Current Area Group Reps in Wales are:

- Gwawr Roberts, Community Arts Officer, Gwynedd County Council (North West Wales)

- Maggie James, freelance artist/gallery educator based at Bay Art (South Wales Rep) (also ECDG Development Group member)

The opportunities available are:

1. Area Rep for Mid Wales 

2. Area Rep for North East Wales 

We ask that Area Reps serve a six year term. Role share will be considered.

 

The benefits of being an Area Rep or Voluntary Member of ECDG include:

- An opportunity to input into the work of Engage

- Being part of a network of peers involved in gallery education in the UK

- Attending conferences and events for Engage 

 

The benefits of becoming a Council member include:

- 20% discount on conferences and training seminars in the UK organised by Engage centrally with input from Engage Cymru and Engage Scotland

- The opportunity to input into UK wide gallery education policy and strategy 

- Being part of a network of key people involved in gallery education in the UK

- Advice and guidance on accessing key organisations in the UK and other countries 

- The chance to network with colleagues and form partnerships locally and nationally

 

Council members can be reimbursed for travel expenses for attending Council meetings. We welcome applications from freelancers and will be able to pay travel expenses and £160 a day for loss of earnings. 

 

Selection process

Applications for the Development Group will be subject to the approval of the ECDG and Area Group Reps, Engage Council and Engage Board. We aim to create a balanced group reflecting the membership of Engage in Wales, and offering a diverse mix of skills and experience. 

 

How to apply 
If you work for an organisation you will need to have the support of your manager to take up this role. 

 

You don’t have to be acurrent member of Engage to join the Development Group but it would help if you have an understanding of the work that Engage does. You will need to join as a member if appointed. 

 

You do need to be a member of Engage to apply for an Area Rep role on Council.

 

We welcome applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds.

 

To apply, please send an email by 12 noon on Friday 16 June 2017 to Angela Rogers at Engage Cymru,  cymru@engage.org telling us:

 

- Which role you are applying for

- Why you would like to join the Cymru Development Group and/or why you would like to become an Area Group Rep

- What you feel you could contribute and gain from being involved

- Please include a brief work history and CV

 

Please ring Angela Rogers, Engage Cymru Coordinator for an informal chat about joining the Engage Cymru Development Group: 

Tel. 01834 870121 or email: cymru@engage.org 

 

If you would like this information in another format please email info@engage.org or call 020 7729 5858. 

Letting in the Light

From April 2017 Engage Cymru will deliver a 12-week intensive animation project in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Pen y Dre High School and artist animator Gerald Conn to mark the Contemporary Art Society for Wales’ 80th anniversary. Pupils will bring a number of paintings acquired from CASW to life through animation creating innovative interpretation resources for the gallery which will sit alongside the original paintings.

This project has been inspired by the ‘Animating Art History’ programme initiated by the Courtauld Institute. The screening premier will take place at the Red House, Merthyr on 8 July.

See images from the current animation project here.

Summer Arts Colleges

In August 2016, Engage Cymru worked in partnership with Unitas supporting 14 children and young people from Parc Prison Youth Offending Institute and Hillside Secure Unit to achieve Bronze Level Arts Award. These pilot interventions were generously funded by the Foyle Foundation.

Wales based artists Tom Goddard, Anna Barratt, Pip Lewis and Simone Bizzell-Browning devised innovative, intensive visual arts interventions using the young peoples’ interests as the starting point encouraging them to engage in a wide range of creative activities aimed at raising motivation levels, increasing self-esteem, developing research, numeracy, digital and literacy skills.

Find out more here.

The Art of Health in Wales - Resources now online

In May 2016 a full day symposium took place which explored policy and practice in arts and health and showcased a range of innovative practice from across Wales. It aimed to move the Arts Health & Wellbeing sector forward and explore opportunities for advocacy, collaboration and networking.

Speakers included Tim Joss, Founder and Chief Executive of AESOP (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose) and Co-Founder of the Arts Impact Fund, John Wyn Owen, Chair Health Protection Committee, Welsh Government and Council Member of Health Action Partnership International (HAPI).

Films of the Keynote Presentations plus PDFS of the Showcase Presentations are now online, along with reports on the Symposium in both English and Welsh - click here to view.

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