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engage Scotland Update

September 2016

This month we’d like to signpost some fantastic new resources to help with planning and evaluating projects, including a new evaluation framework for participation, Is this the best it can be? that came out of the Artworks Scotland programme.


We’re always on the lookout for good data to help with making the case for the work that engage members do and to help us think about how we can be more inclusive and effective. Arts Professional have just released some very useful data on workforce diversity and we have shared the links below. Read on for more links to other great resources.

If you’re going to the engage International Conference in Liverpool next month then do come and meet up with other delegates from Scotland at our annual conference networking meeting. And if you can’t make it to Liverpool then worry not as a full range of resources and films of sessions will be available afterwards on the engage website.

As ever this month’s newsletter features the usual mix of news, opportunities, good practice and links to resources being developed by other organisations. Please do get in touch if you have any contributions for the newsletter or any thoughts or suggestions as to how engage Scotland can support you in your work. Finally please like engage in the visual arts and engage Scotland on Facebook and follow @engagescotland on Twitter.

Sarah Yearsley

engage Scotland Coordinator

Hearts, Hands and Minds Conference

Orchard View is a new £6.5m NHS Adult & Older Peoples Continuing Care Bed Facility designed by multi award-winning international architects Norr and is due to open in June 2017 within the grounds of Inverclyde Royal Hospital. It will be home to adults living with chronic long-term mental illness and patients with severe and complex dementia. It will have palliative care rooms and patients will stay in the facility to end of life.

Hearts, Hands and Minds is a therapeutic art, design and activity strategy consisting of ten projects with each element designed for practical and aesthetic reasons, offering enhancement of internal and external public and semi-public spaces in order to create comfortable, interesting and reassuring spaces which embrace a sense of home for the benefit of patients, carers and staff. Some projects include a programme of activities designed to offer therapeutic engagement for patients and, for certain activities, to bring the wider community into the facility ensuring the building feels an accessible and lively part of the community.

Further information and booking details for the Hearts, Hands and Minds Conference can be found here.

51 Shades of Green: Action in the Arts

51 Shades of Green: Action in the Arts will take place on Thursday 27th October 2016, returning to the Pearce Institute in Glasgow for a full day of discussion around the key actions the arts sector is making to reduce its environmental impact.

Last year's conference (50 Shades of Green: Stories of Sustainability in the Arts Sector) saw attendees from across the arts sharing their experiences, inventions and approaches to carbon emissions reporting and engaging others with environmental sustainability.

This year we’re bringing together the sharing of best practice with a focus on taking the next step towards carbon reduction, and building the momentum towards action in the arts.

Further information on the 51 Shades of Green conference can be found here.

Dada Day at Room 13

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first ever dada event, Room 13 invited members of the public to stretch their imaginations in a dada and surrealist manner at a recent event in the new Room 13 Community Studio at Caol.

Marking 100 years since the first ever dada event, on June 23rd 1916, Room 13’s dada day event was a playful introduction to Dada or Dadaism, an artistic movement that spread across Europe during and after the First World War (1914 – 1918). Short lived but prolific, the movement was a response to war and to what the artists saw as unprecedented horror and human folly.

Read more about Dada Day at Room 13 here.

Workforce diversity resources from Arts Professional

Just how diverse is the arts workforce in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland? Find out with these Infographics from Arts Professional, collating the latest data.

White arts workers less likely to favour diversity quotas

The arts sector is deeply conflicted about the best way to improve diversity in its workforce, the findings of a new survey suggest.

The majority of respondents to ArtsProfessional’s Pulse survey of attitudes towards diversity in the arts said that their organisation was committed to improving the diversity of its workforce. 83% said that more workforce diversity was either a top strategic priority for their organisation or that it was important.

Find out more about the workforce diversity survey here.


Now in more than 40 care homes, HenPower creatively hengages older people in arts activities and hen-keeping to promote health and wellbeing and reduce loneliness.

HenPower cultivates creativity in care settings at a time in life when most people are slowing down, and not stepping into wellies or making masterpieces.

Visit the HenPower page of Equal Arts to see and read more about how this inspiring project is making a difference.

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