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.
Click here to learn more about engage Cymru.
The Art of Health in Wales - Resources now online
In May this year 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.
Good news for engage Cymru!
engage Cymru is delighted to have been offered £30,000 from the Foyle Foundation to pilot Summer Arts Colleges with high tariff young people in partnership with Unitas, HMP Bridgend and Hillside Secure Unit, Neath.
engage Cymru will work with these partners developing creative interventions in Summer 2016 to support visual arts engagement and develop the Arts Award offer to some of the most disadvantaged young people in Wales.
More details to follow...
Artists in Hospitals Toolkit - Update
The South and Mid Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network have been successful in securing seed funding from Artworks Cymru's second round to roll out the Artists in Hospital Toolkit they developed in round one. The Network, coordinated by engage Cymru, will include additional chapters in the toolkit, roll the toolkit out and offer training opportunities. More news to follow.
Click here to see the Seed Fund documentary.
The Artists in Hospitals Toolkit brings together current knowledge about working in an NHS context in Wales as an artist, including commissioning, contracting, evaluation, and working with staff.
This toolkit was developed by members of the South Wales Arts, Health and Wellbeing Network as part of the ArtWorks Cymru Seed Fund in 2015.
Click here to download the Artists in Hospitals Toolkit
engaging in Momentum II - Project Update
engaging in Momentum II has enabled engage Cymru to build on earlier successful work, in partnership with a range of galleries, artists, Pupil Referral Units and organisations working with marginalised young people, to deliver a wide range of innovative visual arts interventions and help support nearly 40 young people to achieve Arts Award or Agored qualifications. As a direct result of taking part in this programme, young people are more motivated about their futures, and several have been offered places on further education courses.
"Taking part in the Momentum project has benefited Owen’s academic qualifications and personal growth. He has been accepted to study Art and Design at college with a degree in sculpture in his long-term plans. This is a direct result of taking part in the Momentum project ." Teacher, PRU, Carmarthen
Momentum II, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, set out to further test the effectiveness of an approach to identification, tracking, progression and outcomes for young people. They offered funding to projects that delivered successful outcomes during the first phase of the pilot and to new projects, including engage Cymru.
The intention has been to provide intensive arts interventions for smaller groups of young people. Click here to learn more about the most recent phase of Momentum, and download evaluation reports from 2014 and 2015.
Arts Health and Wellbeing Network
Through the Arts Council of Wales Sharing Together funding, engage Cymru is supporting the development of an All Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network.
There is a long and strong tradition to arts health and wellbeing practice across Wales. Arts organisations, artists, academics and art coordinators from health boards have been meeting to share practice and look at organisational and network models from across the UK and internationally.
The All Wales Arts Health and Wellbeing Network coordinated by engage Cymru has now attracted over 30 members from across Wales representing arts organisations, health boards, academics and artists. Network meetings have included presentations by Alex Coulter, Arts & Health South West and David Jones, Head4Arts.
The South Wales Network have recently been successful in securing Seed Funding from Artworks Cymru to develop an induction toolkit for early career artists working in hospital settings. http://artworkscymru.co.uk/currentprojects/
To find out more, or to join the Network, contact Angela Rogers email@example.com. The network is supported by 'Sharing Together' funding from the Arts Council of Wales.
engage Cymru: Artists in Hospitals Toolkit'Putting the Toolkit to Work'CPD training event for artists and organisations Wednesday 14 September and Tuesday 25 October 2016.The Artists in Hospitals Toolkit, produced by members of the South & Mid Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network with seed funding from the Artworks Cymru PHF initiative. To book, and for ... Full story