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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. 

Traditionally the Engage Scotland Development Group has operated with three Area Reps who cover the very broad geographical areas of Glasgow and the West, Edinburgh and the East, and the Highlands and Islands; in addition the group has up to four voluntary or co-opted members. 

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.

The opportunities available are:

  • Area Rep for Glasgow and West Scotland and member of Engage Council
  • Voluntary member of the group – with particular interest in supporting our work around promoting access, equality and diversity in the visual arts in Scotland.

What is expected of members of the Engage Scotland Development Group:

  • To attend four ESDG meetings a year – these are usually half-day meetings, often in Edinburgh and Glasgow, occasionally further afield. We aim to visit a range of venues and hear about their programmes. Recent meetings have been held in: The North Edinburgh Arts Centre; Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow; Deveron Projects greenhouse, Huntly, Aberdeenshire; The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; WHALE Arts, Westerhailes, Edinburgh.
  • To provide support for the Engage Scotland Coordinator – usually through regular phone and email contact.
  • To represent Engage and help with planning of events.
  • To comment and respond to papers as required.

Area Reps also sit on the Engage Council of members and can attend Engage Council meetings. These take place three times a year, usually in England, and are an opportunity for members and staff to discuss the organisation’s policies and programmes, as well as hear speakers on agreed topics that are relevant to the sector and gallery education practice. 

Benefits for Engage Area Reps or Members of the Engage Scotland Development Group include:

  • The opportunity to input into the work of Engage
  • Being part of a network of peers involved in gallery education in the UK
  • The opportunity to input into national gallery education policy and strategy
  • Attending conferences and events for Engage
  • Advice and guidance on accessing key organisations in the UK and other countries
  • The chance to network with colleagues and form partnerships locally and nationally
  • 20% discount on attending the annual Engage Conference

Current and previous members of the Development Group have enjoyed opportunities to further their own continuing professional development through helping to shape Engage Scotland projects such as Celebrate ART and advise on programming of training events and conferences, including Engage’s Annual International Conference. 

All travel expenses for attending meetings, including Council meetings in England, are met. We welcome applications from freelancers and will be able to pay travel expenses and a small fee for freelancers to attend meetings. You are welcome to attend a meeting before deciding to join the group.

Current members of ESDG are:
Area Reps

  • Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh – (Area Rep for Edinburgh and the East)
  • Beki Pope, Freelance, Thurso. (Area Rep for Highlands and Islands)

Voluntary Members

  • Helena Barrett, Creative Placemaker, WHALE Arts, Edinburgh
  • Lee McCulley, Adult Learning Officer, National Museums Scotland
  • Janie Nicoll, Freelance artist/arts educator, (Freelance Special Interest Rep on Engage Council)

How to Apply
If you work for an organisation you will need to have the support of your manager to take up this role. You don’t have to be a current member of Engage to join the Development Group but it would help if you have an understanding of the work that Engage does. You will need to join as a member if appointed.

To apply, please email Sarah Yearsley at Engage Scotland, scotland@engage.org telling us:

  • Which role you are applying for
  • Why you would like to join the Engage Scotland Development Group
  • What you feel you could contribute and gain from being involved
  • Please include a brief work history/CV.

Selection Process
We welcome applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds. Applications will be subject to the approval of the ESDG and the Engage Board. We aim to create a balanced group reflecting the membership of Engage in Scotland, and offering a diverse mix of skills and experience.

Please ring Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator for an informal chat about joining the Engage Scotland Development Group. Sarah usually works Monday – Wednesday. Tel. 01738 787 137.

If you would like this information in another format please email info@Engage.org or call 020 7729 5858.

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