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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 update

I hope you’ve had a great summer and taken in plenty of GENERATION exhibitions along the way.

I was lucky enough to meet up with colleagues who have been working on GENERATION for a whistle-stop tour of galleries in Inverness, Helmsdale, Thurso and Stromness. I was struck by how each of the galleries operates in its own very specific context locally, nationally and internationally. There’s still time to catch several GENERATION exhibitions and I’m very pleased to be representing gallery educators on the GENERATION curriculum development group.

This autumn we are continuing our partnership with ARTIST ROOMS to deliver a networking and sharing event in Thurso on 30 September. More details follow below.

There’s still time to get your early bird bookings in for the engage International Conference in Leeds in November as the deadline is 16 September. There’s more information here along with details of how to apply for an engage Scotland bursary place.

Our focus over the next couple of months will be on developing our programme for 2015-17 ahead of submitting an Open Project funding application to Creative Scotland. Have a think about how engage can help you in your work and let us know what projects, training, networking and research opportunities you would like to see us offer over the next couple of years.

Don’t forget to like engage Scotland on Facebook and follow @engagescotland on Twitter.

Please do get in touch if you have any contributions for the newsletter or any thoughts or suggestions as to how engage Scotland can support you in your work.

Sarah Yearsley
engage Scotland Coordinator

Upcoming event - Developing learning resources for contemporary art exhibitions

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An ARTIST ROOMS and engage Scotland sharing and networking event

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Caithness Horizons, Thurso,

This FREE networking and sharing event is one of a series of events organised by ARTIST ROOMS in collaboration with engage, the National Association for Gallery Education with the aim of sharing good practice in gallery education developed through the ARTIST ROOMS series of exhibitions across the UK.

Click here for to book your place and see further details about the event...

engage International Conference 2014 - now open for bookings

Disruptive Influences?
Innovation & Gallery Education

Venues across Leeds 10 & 11 November 2014
Fringe events across Yorkshire 10, 11 & 12 November


The 2014 engage International Conference will explore the broad and inspiring theme of innovation in the context of education and learning in galleries, museums and the visual arts.

The programme will consider gallery education, examining where practice has been innovative in the past, in the present, and how it can continue to innovate in the future. There will be a focus on the potential of digital technologies to encourage new ways of engaging with art and ideas, and discussion about the importance of innovation, provocation and disruption in learning and education across different art forms.

Delegates will hear key opinionmakers and researchers’ views on what the sector can expect in the near future. In engage’s 25th anniversary year, delegates and speakers will create a manifesto of the moment – a snapshot of current practice and ideas for the innovative future of gallery education. Some of the most exciting thinkers and doers from within the sector and beyond will share their ideas and experiences and get everyone talking. Sessions will explore:

Innovation & collaboration: The value of working together to imagine new ways of enabling

Innovation & the digital age: Ways in which social media, mobile and digital technologies continue to influence our experiences, and why arts organisations need to be part of this change.

Innovation & gallery education: A lively discussion investigating why some of the best gallery education is disruptive and innovative.

Engaging breakout sessions hosted by venues across the city will introduce delegates to new tools and skills, such as intriguing apps for galleries, gif animation, fresh approaches to evaluation, and designing diagrams to communicate stories of innovation.

The conference is now open for bookings, please visit www.engage.org/conference2014 to download a booking form.

engage Scotland Bursaries

Four bursary-funded places are available for representatives of Scotland-based visual arts organisations to attend the conference. The funding will pay for the conference fee and will also offer up to £150 towards travel / accommodation.

Organisations wishing to apply must have a commitment to a contemporary Visual Arts programme and developing audiences. Applicants do not need to be current members of engage.

Freelancers may apply but will need to show that attending the conference will have a clear public benefit through their work.

Bursary recipients will be expected to attend the whole conference and write a short feedback report which will be published on the engage Scotland website.

To be considered please send an email to Sarah Yearsley, engage Scotland Coordinator, scotland@engage.org, by 10am on Monday 15 September with the following details:

- Your name
- Organisation name
- Your job title
- A short paragraph stating why you are interested in this opportunity and how it fits with your wider programme
- Details of where other funding for you to attend the conference will come from – you or your organisation will be expected to cover any additional expense

These places are supported through Creative Scotland. No further funding from other Creative Scotland funding programmes is available to attend the engage International Conference.

ARTIST ROOMS Seminar - Gallery Education: Developing Digital Resources

Gallery Education: Developing Digital Resources

Tuesday 25 March 2014, 10am – 4.30pm
The Studio, Modern One, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road, Edinburgh

Gallery Education: Developing Digital Resources was the second event organised by ARTIST ROOMS and engage looking at how digital technologies and platforms are being used within gallery education. The seminar was also supported by the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership and GENERATION. 

The event was live-blogged by Nicola Osborne, click here to visit Nicola's blog.

Click here for further information.

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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