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engage Scotland January Update

Happy New Year! We are off to a flying start to 2015 here at engage Scotland with a busy few months of planning presentations, talks and events.

Looking ahead March is the month to meet with colleagues, hear about innovative practice in the arts and cultural health, bring your knowledge of child protection up to date and hear more from colleagues involved in Artworks Scotland and ARTIST ROOMS. We have three great events programmed so book now to avoid disappointment - see below for further details.

Anna Murray, engage Scotland Development Group member, is leaving the group as she has a new role as Learning and Events Officer at Verdant Works in Dundee. We would like to thank Anna for all her support and wish her well in her future career.

A warm welcome to new engage members The Common Guild. They are committed to presenting artists’ work in interesting and engaging ways and aim to offer access to world-class contemporary art experiences and discussions.

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.

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

Sarah Yearsley
engage Scotland Coordinator

Book now - Developing or updating your child protection policy - new date announced

Developing or updating your child protection policy
Tuesday 24 March 2015
DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY

An engage Scotland training workshop delivered by Children in Scotland

This one day workshop offers training on developing or updating organisational child protection policies based on the Creative Scotland/Children in Scotland Creating Safety publication.  

This workshop is aimed at anyone working in galleries, visual arts organisations, museums and heritage venues with responsibility for child protection.

Having an effective child protection policy can help to create a child-safe organisation. A robust child protection policy should ensure that children and young people are safe and protected from abuse and exploitation and that staff are aware of risk factors, able to recognise signs of abuse and confident in dealing with any risks or allegations that they may encounter. The overriding aim must be to protect children from risk and abuse and to ensure that they enjoy learning experiences, but protection of staff and organisations are also key factors.

Participants at this training workshop will gain a basic understanding of what is required when creating or updating their own child protection policy as well as advice on where to locate further information and support.

Please click here for further information including details on how you can book your place.

Open for bookings - Arts and Cultural Health Symposium

Arts and Cultural Health Symposium
Tuesday 3 March 2015

Deveron Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
An engage Scotland and Deveron Arts partnership event

We are very pleased to be working with Deveron Arts on this symposium in Huntly to discuss the findings and experience so far of their Cultural Health Visitor project, led by artist Catrin Jeans. We will explore the idea of cultural health with both health and art practitioners and explore questions such as should cultural health be recognised alongside physical and mental health by the NHS? and what are the benefits of health practitioners and arts organisations working together to nurture cultural health? 

Since joining the Deveron Arts team last year as the Cultural Health Visitor, Catrin has been busy investigating what cultural health could be and how she can nurture the cultural health of Huntly and its townspeople. Catrin has adopted approaches used by NHS community health practitioners such as targeting early years, cultural health promotion and trying to implement culture as a form of prescription.

This has led Catrin (among other activities) to start up a 6am breakfast bar for commuters, taking teachers and pupils out of their comfort zone and into the wild to taste and feel what is around them, organising a speed-meeting event for groups and organisations within the town, and working with new mums to help expose their babies to cultural from the word go. You can visit her blog by clicking here. 

Click here to learn more and to book your place.

Coming in 2015 - ARTIST ROOMS / engage Scotland networking and sharing event

ARTIST ROOMS/engage Scotland networking and sharing event
Tuesday 17 March 2015
Kirkcaldy Galleries, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

This afternoon event will offer opportunities to hear about recent learning work in relation to ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions across the UK and look at how artists can support the delivery of learning programmes.

The event coincides with an ARTIST ROOMS Diane Arbus exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries.

This event will open in the New Year

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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