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Engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of Engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus.

Spring update from Engage Scotland

We’re enjoying the first signs of Spring as we plan our programme for the next few months.   

Firstly we need to say a big thank you and a fond farewell to two members of the Engage Scotland Development Group who attended their last meeting at the end of March. Freelance photographer and educator, Alicia Bruce, has been involved with the group for over 8 years, several of those as a Special Interest Rep for freelancers on the Engage Council. Claudia Zeiske, Director of Deveron Projects, has also been a member of the group for several years. We will miss them both and want to thank them for their fantastic contribution to Engage’s work and programme over the years. We do have opportunities for people to join the Engage Scotland Development Group so please check out the information here and get in touch with Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator, if you have any questions.

Since our last newsletter we are delighted to have started work with the Templar Arts & Leisure Centre, (TALC), in Tarbert, Argyll, as the third partner venue in our Year of Young People 2018 project, Celebrate ART.  

Children’s Art Week registration is now open - Children's Art Week is a UK-wide programme run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education.  Every year Engage invites schools, galleries, museums and community groups to devise and register visual arts events for children and families over a week in June. These activities give children and young people, together with their teachers, parents and carers – the opportunity to get involved with a very broad range of practical art activities with artists and makers.  Organisers receive support from Engage to devise, run and publicise their events. Through evaluation Engage has learned that Children’s Art Week is a valuable opportunity for venues to reach out to new visitors and take part in a national event. Click here to regiter an event.

Opportunities to join the Engage Scotland Development Group

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

We currently have two vacancies 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 Scotland. Engage really values working with experienced professionals who are keen to support Engage Scotland and increase the effectiveness of our work. Click here to find out more.


Celebrate ART is an exciting collaborative project developed by four partner organisations for the Year of Young People 2018 to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts.

Seminar: Early years learning in galleries **FULLY BOOKED**

Please note this event has been rescheduled to 29 May 2018. 

Tuesday 29 May 2018, 10am – 4pm
Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Just one place left!

This seminar is an opportunity to hear about and share practice around how galleries are using a range of approaches to engage early years children, in both family and childcare/nursery settings. The day will be jointly led by Engage Scotland and the National Galleries Scotland learning team.

Who is it for?
Educators at arts and heritage organisations, artists, local authority officers, and anyone interested in developing meaningful, purposeful and sustainable creative approaches to engaging with children in the early years.


Book your place online now 

or download an accessible booking form here.

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If you are having any issues booking online or using the accessible booking form, please call the Engage office on 0207 729 5858, where we will be happy to complete your booking over the telephone.

Engage Scotland, SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union launch Visual Arts Manifesto


Engage Scotland has joined forced with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network and the Scottish Artists Union to create a 19 point manifesto focusing on workers' rights and diversity in the visual arts.

The Visual Arts Manifesto has been launched as a direct response to the current challenges facing the art sector as a whole and is our first public response to the new National Culture Strategy consultation process.

The Manifesto sets out our policy demands but also our collective commitment to positive change. This vision and set of ambitions for the sector will help ensure that we maintain Scotland’s global reputation as a dynamic, innovative place for contemporary visual arts.

Click here to download it in full

Engage Scotland awarded Open Project funding from Creative Scotland

Engage Scotland are amongst 33 recipients who have been awarded Open Project funding from Creative Scotland, as announced in December 2017.The funding will be used for Celebrate ART, our exciting new project working with galleries, artists and young people during the Year of Young People 2018. Celebrate ART will give young people in three different places in Scotland the opportunity to engage with art and artists and each other whilst developing their skills and creativity through creating artwork together. Further information about the project will be announced in due course.

A Culture Strategy for Scotland

What does culture mean to you? The Scottish Government are launching a new online discussion forum to support the development of a Culture Strategy for Scotland. The forum will run in parallel to the programme of events being developed. Find out more >>

Culture Development review of developing D/deaf cultural engagement

Follow up materials from a symposium on how to welcome D/deaf artists and audiences. More >>

Making your aims achievable

Tim Baker explains how SMART objectives can make challenging aims – such as engaging more young people – achievable, by breaking them down into manageable chunks. Read the story >>

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