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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.

Book now for engage Scotland Skills Development Workshop

Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE
Friday 4 December 2015, 10am – 2pm

Using storytelling and drama techniques to engage people with visual art: Turner Prize exhibition 2015

In response to the Turner Prize exhibition at Tramway in Glasgow, engage Scotland has commissioned drama artist, Clare Hume, to develop a skills development workshop session exploring the use of storytelling and drama approaches in engaging audiences with visual art exhibitions. Click here for further details.

Calling all artists: Apply now for the 2016 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artists Residency at aspex, Portsmouth

Application deadline: 10am, Monday 30 November 2015

Artists are invited to apply for the 2016 Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA), Artist in Residence, hosted by aspex in Portsmouth. The Award funds a 10-week residency and public art commission worth £15,000. ARMA was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust (MRCT).

The award comprises a bi-annual artist residency, culminating in an artwork in the public realm. The residency will take place from May to July 2016, during which the chosen artist or artists will carry out education and participatory work alongside aspex’s youth, family and schools programmes.

The residency will result in a semi-permanent commissioned artwork to be displayed for up to two years above the entrance to aspex’s new artist studio, in the main foyer of the building. The commission is to be completed by November 2016, for launch at the start of December 2016. The artist/s will work closely with Vicky Chapter, Participation & Learning Manager and Clive Caswell, Curator at aspex.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an artist or artists to undertake a highly respected and wellsupported residency and commission, which will be promoted nationally and internationally. Click here for further details.

engage Scotland Update

Earlier in September I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the engage International Summer School in Belfast. Alongside a thought provoking series of presentations and workshops one of the highlights was a visit to The MAC, a new gallery and live art venue in the heart of the city. I would certainly recommend a visit; the gallery spaces are beautiful and their public engagement work with diverse communities across the city is innovative and inclusive. 

We are looking forward to holding the engage International Conference in Glasgow in November. Don’t miss out on the great Conference Fringe programme, and Conference itself by booking your places now. 

A Swiss artist who is coming to the conference has got in touch to ask if any arts organisations or local engage members would be able to host her during the conference. If you can help please contact Sarah Yearsley at scotland@engage.org.

Our colleagues at SCAN have been commissioned by Creative Scotland to undertake the mapping aspect of the Visual Arts Sector Review. Mapping the Visual Arts in Scotland provides an opportunity for those working in the visual arts to make visible the significant and important work that they do. The deadline for completion of the survey (there are two, one for individuals and one for organisations) is 7pm on Monday 19 October 2015. Please make sure that the voice of the visual arts education sector is heard and complete the survey. 

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Sarah Yearsley
engage Scotland Coordinator

Advocating for the Sector

engage Scotland Coordinator, Sarah Yearsley, is representing gallery educators and the gallery/visual arts education sector through several projects and advisory panels at the moment.

Recent opportunities to advocate for the work of our sector have included:
 - Membership of the GENERATION Curriculum Development Panel
 - Membership of the auditing panel for the social accounts of the GENERATION project – more to follow on this innovative way of measuring the social impact of the work we do in a future bulletin
 - Attending a meeting with colleagues from Creative Scotland and SCAN to discuss the format of the Visual Arts Sector Review, which will take place later in the autumn.

Equalities Go & See Funding

The deadline for applications for Equalities Go & See Funding has now passed, our thanks to all who have applied.

Click here to read research reports written by previous successful applicants.

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