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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.


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 **POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER**

Please note this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled - all who have booked a place will be contacted with information about the new date 

Monday 5 March 2018, 10am – 4pm
Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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.

This event is currently fully booked

Workshop: Reclaiming monitoring and evaluation

Thursday 29 March 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Discovery point, Dundee

Monitoring and evaluation can be a source of both confusion and contention for organisations, practitioners, and funders or commissioners. Working with people, we are all hoping to make a difference to the lives of those we work with. How do we know we are making a difference? How can we prove it? On whose terms? And at whose expense?

At this workshop Hot Chocolate Trust will share their approaches to monitoring and evaluation and suggest that a rethink can make for better work as well as better reports. The day will be led by Dave Close, Director of Hot Chocolate and Charis Robertson, Assistant Director.

How might we?

  • Change the way we think about reporting and outcomes?
  • Keep those we are working with at the centre of our evaluation?
  • Bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative?
  • Ensure our values and practice shape our evaluation? (Not the other way round…)

On this course you will:

  • Explore the current context and challenges around monitoring and evaluation.
  • Learn from theory, and from each other’s contexts
  • Be challenged and inspired to combine evaluation and practice in fresh ways
  • Find more and better ways of evidencing what we know and finding out what we don’t
  • Share and develop new ideas for change

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 monitoring and evaluation. This course is part of Engage Scotland’s programme to support the visual arts and gallery sector during the Year of Young People 2018.

Lunch, refreshments and delegate pack will be provided.

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.

Past events:

Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary Art Teachers and Art Educators

Photographs from Artist Rooms

September 2017

Engage Scotland was delighted to be working in partnership with Culture Perth & Kinross to offer a talk and practical hands-on workshop as part of the learning and engagement programme for the ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

Sarah Yearsley of Engage Scotland shared current news and practice of arts education in schools and galleries across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Artist Susie Johnston led a session exploring key issues embedded within Louise Bourgeois’ work which are relevant to the secondary school curriculum.

Engage Scotland artWALK: Gallery Educators Networking Event

Photographs from artWALK at Edinburgh Arts Festival

August 2017

An Engage Scotland networking event for Engage and non-Engage members working or interested in gallery and visual arts education. Artist Andrea Geile led a curated walk to the Edinburgh Art Festival’s public commissions programme sited across Edinburgh’s Old Town.

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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