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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 in partnership with Ruthin Craft Centre: Meaningful Communities CPD Training Seminar

A full day training seminar exploring how galleries and creative professionals engage with communities in an intentional, meaningful and sustained way that brings about mutual benefit.

We will explore the principles and values of meaningful engagement and the possibilities that can emerge when we work collaboratively and harness our collective wisdom. The seminar will explore:

- Identifying local assets and possibilities - Building capacity of communities and your own organisation/practice

- Creating platforms for cooperation and collaboration Who is it for? Artists, arts organisations, local authority officers, and anyone interested in developing meaningful, purposeful and sustainable creative approaches to engagement and participation.

What is it?

A mix of presentations, panel discussions and practical activity led by inspiring creative experts in the field of socially engaged practice and community engagement/activism. The event forms part of Ruthin Craft Centre’s Paul Hamlyn funded programme ‘What is Craft?’

Contributors will include:

- Professor Paul Haywood, Deputy Dean, School of Art, Middlesex University. A member of the Socially Engaged Practices Research Cluster, whose research is rooted in practice, focused on socially responsive cultural enterprise and processes of co-operation that prompt artistic outputs.

- Nathalie Camus, Portfolio Manager, Architecture/Art and Sustainability and Public Art, ACW – will introduce, and reflect on the Ideas People & Places programme

- Ruthin Craft Centre – Craft Ambassadors initiative

- Ideas, People & Places programmes from 3 regions in Wales.

Please click here for full details and booking form.

Art of Health & Wellbeing, Training and Networking Seminar

Join Helfa Gelf & engage Cymru for a day at Storiel, Bangor's Museum & Art Gallery. Please note that there are 8 tickets remaining for engage members for this event. The deadline for booking is 5.00pm on Wednesday 21 September. After this time, the tickets will be available for general booking.


- To explore inspiring and innovative practice in the field of arts and health in North Wales and beyond

- To offer a range of inspiring practical workshops delivered by experts in the field of arts, health and wellbeing

- Support delegates with their continuing professional development including signposting to key Welsh policy and agendas, and North Wales counties’ initiatives and programmes

Encourage valuable networking opportunities

Target Audience: Artists, arts organisations, health professionals, arts facilitators/coordinators.

Speakers and facilitators:

- Claire Ford, creator of “We engAGE” - Digital Creativity for Older People inspiring curiosity and engagement

- Teri Howson, Bangor University ‘Dementia & Imagination’-Theatre practitioner interested in using place, the senses and participation to create therapeutic experiences

- Dr Maria Hayes, an award winning artist and educator, who successfully project managed Arteffact 2015 in North Wales

- Sian Fitzgerald, Arts Development Officer, Denbighshire County Council – Lost in Art – a four county programme initiated by Denbighshire County Council for people with dementia and their carers

- Gwawr Roberts, Arts Development Officer, Gwynedd County Council

- Liz Aylett, BCUHB Head of Arts Therapies and Programme Manager Creative Well

- Andrea Davies, BCUHB Arts in Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Creative Well programme

- Angela Rogers, engage Cymru – The All Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network

- Katie Trent, Training Coordinator, Helfa Gelf

The afternoon session will provide an opportunity to participate in practical workshops where you will receive taster sessions that can be delivered to client groups

Light lunch and refreshments included

For more information, see https://helfagelf.co.uk/events


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.

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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

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