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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.

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.


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.

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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