About Engage

Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education.

We support arts educators, organisations and artists to work together with communities in dynamic, open exchanges that give everyone the opportunity to learn and benefit from the arts.

Join now

The Extend Leadership Programme

Extend Project Outcomes

As part of Extend all participants contribute towards a group project - here are a selection of resources created by Extend groups.

2017 / 18

Group: Lisa Broom, (Cambridge Junction), Louise Richards, (Literature Wales), Fiona MacDonald, (RIBA & Matt + Fiona), Sarah Green (formally V&A, currently The National Gallery)
In June 2017, 4 individuals from various sectors within the arts came together with a shared aim; to advocate persuasively the interventionist aspect of culture and the arts. As creative learning and educational professionals, we wanted to find a way to champion and advocate for cultural learning and the participatory arts across a wide spectrum of specialisms and perspectives and determine the most effective strategies, both nationally and internationally, for ensuring that every child and young person is entitled to a rich cultural education.

This 3 minute film, written and performed by Spoken Word Poet, Dean Atta is in response to research carried out between June 2017 – April 2018 as part of the Extend leadership Programme.

Group: Emily Hedley, Heather Kay, Martha Burns Findlay & Natalie Walton
Leading from the heart

This report addresses the question ‘How do personal philosophies influence leadership?’ Our enquiry was both outward and inward looking: to effectively investigate the role of personal philosophies, we wanted to question both others and ourselves. This two-pronged investigation led us to interview people we identified as leaders in their field, hearing from them about the influence their philosophies have had on their leadership, as well as to engage in a personal process, looking at how the development and identification of our own philosophies would influence and develop us as leaders. Our aim was to become more informed, more resilient and more purposeful as we take next steps in our careers.

Download Report (PDF)

Download Appendices (PDF)

2016 / 17

Group: Laura Aldridge, Polly Andrews, Rachel Ayrton, Katherine McAlpine, Naomi Shoba
An investigation into best practise using co-production to create and deliver work within the cultural sector, and the role of leaders within it; addressing how we lead whilst genuinely sharing responsibility, decision making and ownership with project stakeholders.

Download Report (PDF)

2015 / 16

Group: Caroline Muirhead, Rowena Hillel, Heather Cassidy & Owain Rhys
Creative Leadership & Young People
Our area of enquiry focused on how strong leadership in arts, cultural and heritage organisations can engage and empower young people. We began from a shared belief that whilst many organisations are not good on the whole at engaging with young people, there are a number of organisations who we think lead the way in this type of work. Whilst we were interested in young people from all backgrounds, our particular focus was on 16-25 year olds from ‘harder to reach’ backgrounds who may be even less likely to view engagement with arts, cultural and heritage organisations as a realistic prospect for themselves. We recognised that some young people won’t engage with organisations because they believe that they are not welcome, that their opinion carries less value and that they have no real tangible impact on any decision making. In such instances, young people may say that it is actually the organisations which are ‘harder to reach’, not them. This age bracket also included new graduates and early career practitioners who were trying to gain entry to the sector.

We were interested in researching the practical application of leadership models in organisations where the value and worth of young people’s voices was evident and visible throughout the organisation, from a grassroots level right the way up to the senior management team. What role do leaders in education and learning have in ensuring this practice is nurtured, developed and sustained? At its core, our area of enquiry was concerned with the reciprocal relationship between young people and organisations and so, through our project, we wanted to find meaningful ways to bring young people's voices and experiences in to our research. Our approach was not one of “us and them” but instead one of “we."

Download Report (PDF)

Group: Alice Burrows, Natalie Cain, Caron Loudy, Lucy Shipp, Justine Woycicka 
Mapping Potential aimed to explore and demonstrate the ways in which creative projects can help participants to develop leadership skills. Our final enquiry question evolved through the course of the project, though this central focus and interest ran as a core thread throughout.

Our original proposed enquiry question was ‘How can the arts and heritage sectors meaningfully develop leadership skills in participants during/through creative projects?’ As our enquiry developed we honed this broad aim in line with, and in response to our research findings. We found, following desk research, interviews and further enquiries that there was no existing, useable evidence base from which we could analyse and draw meaningful conclusions in answer to this question.

The lack of evidence in this area prompted us to refocus our enquiry, with the question ‘How can we most effectively measure the development of leadership skills in participants of creative projects?’. This revised question sought to provide a means to evidence leadership development in creative projects via the creation a tool which arts and heritage settings would be able to use.

We hope that the tool will, over time, generate an evidence base from which it will be possible to meaningfully demonstrate the effectiveness of creative projects in developing leadership skills in participants, and to provide a starting point for exploring best practice in this area.

Download Report (PDF)

2014 / 15

Group: Alton Brown, Nicola Gilcreest, Kate Self, Fiona Smith, Kamina Walton
As part of the Extend Leadership Programme 2014-2015, the Peripatetic group project sought to: explore the role of Artist as Leader; creative leadership; how both influence approaches to change within educational and learning environments; and the impact of this research on the development of our own practice. We aimed to better understand creativity in the context of leadership through a range of methodologies which included desk-based research, a series of interviews with professionals, collective writing, and hosting an exploratory event with potential young leaders.

From our research we worked to develop a number of outcomes including group collaborative writing, an artist’s commission (see appendix), a short film (see appendix for link) and a research website (still under construction).

Our final report includes:
Research Methodology / Areas of Enquiry / Outcomes / Learning

Download Report (PDF)

Group: Carly Mee, Cath Sherrell, Louise French, Lesley-Ann Smith, Fiona Mair
Our starting point was to ask:
Is there anything unique about the way leadership is practised in the arts sector?
We wanted to investigate and interrogate leadership in the arts and then directly compare our findings with leadership in another field – namely, the corporate sector. How do we, as arts learning professionals, perceive and currently use leadership skills and qualities and styles? Would our arts leadership skills/ qualities/ styles differentiate us from leaders in the corporate sector? How would people in leadership roles in a business setting perceive and currently use leadership skills/ qualities/ styles?

By mapping the elements that contribute to leadership, and analysing overlaps and gaps,
we hoped to:
• learn more about leadership
• show similarities and differences in leadership in the arts and corporate sectors
• better understand and articulate our own leadership
• draw conclusions about the leadership which might be best suited to advocating for the value of the arts and their transformational power.

Download Report (PDF)

Group: Victoria Mayes, Maggie James, Andrea Mercer, Janette Robinson & Caroline Austin
Within the cultural education sector we explored the value of wellbeing, across a range of art and non-­‐arts organisations. Focusing on leadership we investigated the local, national and international approaches to wellbeing and the effects it can have upon a cultural organisation’s staff,  practitioners, audiences and networks.

Our concerns were reflected across each of the participating 
organisations and our project addressed key themes such as
how wellbeing is valued by cultural leaders and their 
the preferred models of leadership to implement wellbeing,
how does this work have a local, regional national or 
international impact in relation to wellbeing and what are the top five priorities for wellbeing in a workplace.
It was important to the group to consult with a variety of 
cultural leaders within a mix of large and small organisations 
from both arts and non-­‐arts sectors.
We framed our research within personal, organisational and
social contexts.

Download Report (PDF)

2012 / 13

Group: Ros Croker, Kithmini Wimalasekera, Rachel Thibbotumunuwe, Rikki Payne and Andrew Vaughan
You Produce Space
As part of the Extend leadership programme a small team of creative learning practitioners researched the impact of space on learning. Speaking with artists and educators to learn about their experiences of leading learning programmes in ‘non-traditional’ spaces, the team found common qualities that offer participants a particular learning experience. 

This resource explores these qualities, and provides methods to recreate and experiment with these in ‘traditional’ learning spaces, such as the gallery or museum, to enable you to produce your own space for learning. There are many correlations between the physical space of a museum or gallery and the narrative space of its collections and exhibitions. You are invited to use this resource to explore, connect and compare both types of space here, and produce your own space.

Download You Produce Space

  • Home
    Terms and Conditions
    Cookie Policy
    Contact Us
  • Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, is a charitable company limited by guarantee
  • Charity number: 1087471
    Company number: 4194208
    OSCR no. SC039719
  • Registered office:
    Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road,
    London E1 6LA
Arts Council EnglandCreative Scotland
Arts Council of Wales