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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.

Engage Scotland networking event at the V&A Dundee *Fully booked*

Monday 11 February 2019, 1.30-4.00pm

Learning Studios

This event is now sold out.

This Engage Scotland networking event is an opportunity to visit the Learning Studios at the V&A Dundee and to hear from colleagues working in gallery and visual arts education roles in Dundee and from Engage Scotland about their work and plans for 2019.

Who is it for?

Educators at arts and heritage organisations, artists, local authority officers, and anyone interested in learning through the visual arts and galleries. You don’t need to be a member of Engage to attend.

Coffee, tea and cake will be provided.

How to book

This event is now sold out.

If you have any questions about booking or would like this information in another format, please contact Engage on Telephone: +44 (0)20 7729 5858  Email: info@engage.org

End of year update from Engage Scotland

2018 has been a busy year for Engage Scotland with events and projects taking place across the country in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oban and Tarbert.

We have contributed to the Scottish Government’s Cultural Strategy Consultation on behalf of the gallery education sector and presented to students at St Andrews and Glasgow universities, covering topics including career routes into the visual arts and equalities, diversity and inclusion in gallery education.

Highlights have included a successful seminar in May on early years learning in galleries in partnership with the National Galleries in Edinburgh. Colleagues from across the UK came together at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery to share practice and learn from each other.

A key focus during Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018 has been our Celebrate ART project which was developed by young people and 5 partner organisations. The partners were

  • Engage Scotland, the National Association for Gallery Education
  • The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
  • The John Byrne Award
  • Templar Arts & Leisure Centre, Tarbert, Argyll
  • Tramway, Glasgow

Through Celebrate ART groups of young people worked with artists at the partner venues to co-produce a series of artworks. The artwork has been shown locally by each of the venues and then brought together in a joint showcase in Glasgow in November. Through the project the young people and organisations involved have learnt together and had an opportunity to develop a fantastic body of artwork – encompassing visual art using digital technology, riso printing, drawing and painting, writing, music making and performance to name just a few of the approaches used. We will have a full evaluation and set of images and films of this project online early in 2019.

Celebrate ART was supported by Creative Scotland and the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund, managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the project was managed by Engage Scotland. During 2018 Scotland has put its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine.

Save the Date!
Engage Scotland networking event: 
Monday 11 February 2019, V&A Dundee
More details to follow in the New Year


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.

Introducing Mandate, a new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland

This new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland aims to support and encourage new voices and leadership from within our networks whilst developing the skills and confidence of sector professionals. The scheme aims to ensure that a diversity of opinions and experiences can feed into policy developments in Scotland and across the UK and support the joint advocacy actions that we undertake to drive forward the Visual Arts Manifesto.

We are aware that attending events can sometimes be intimidating so we are trialling a buddy system whereby we may select two applicants to attend key events together.


We will support attendance at events that focus on exploring policy and practice within the visual arts sector and the wider creative industries, events that connect with and drive forward our manifesto demands and events where the attendees will be able to build new networks and contacts whilst championing the visual arts.

Example upcoming events might include; Future Fest, Creative Industries Federation International Summit, SCANSAU conferences, Contemporary Art Society Programme Study Day: Decolonising the Collection. However, we are really keen for applicants to suggest others and in particular apply for support to help them attend new or different events that help them develop new networks and contacts. 

Find out more and apply here: https://sca-net.org/projects/view/mandate

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

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