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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.

Let's Talk: Working with visually impaired people - training seminar

Monday 27 March 2017, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

A day to discuss and develop a range of approaches to working with visually impaired people. Jointly led by engage Scotland, Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians and National Library of Scotland with sighted and visually impaired artists to share diverse experiences and ways of working.

Please note, this event is now fully booked. Find out more...

March 2017 update

Things have been getting academic here at engage Scotland and we have enjoyed advocating for gallery and visual arts education with students and colleagues from Higher Education Institutions; including talking to Museum & Gallery Studies Postgrads at the University of St Andrews and to the School of Education at Glasgow University about their forthcoming MSc in Museum Education.

We’re delighted that our next training seminar, Let's Talk: Working with visually impaired people, on Monday 27 March 2017 at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh is fully booked. Fear not if you haven’t managed to get booked on as we will make resources available online afterwards. And do let us know if there’s a topic you would like us to arrange training on.

As ever this month’s newsletter features the usual mix of news, opportunities, good practice and links to resources being developed by other organisations. 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.

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Sarah Yearsley
engage Scotland Coordinator

Save the date - Children's Art Week 2017

We're excited to announce that Children's Art Week is returning for 2017. This year, it will run from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 June.

Registration for events will open from mid-March, with a limited number of grants available, too. More details to follow soon!

Call for participants: Curatorial Studio 2017

16 February, 2017–16 March, 2017

Curatorial Studio is a unique programme which consists of a series of weekend seminars and workshops organised for, and with, the selected group of participants. The project is developed through an organisational partnership which aims to support contemporary practice curators throughout Scotland in the early stages of their career. Find out more...

Museums Galleries Scotland offering six fully funded places on the Museums Association Transformers programme

There are two strands; 'Influence' is a three day programme aimed at museums professionals and volunteers that believe in the social power of museums, and 'Diversify' is a five day programme for museums professionals and volunteers who want to reflect diversity and inclusion in their practice. The closing date for applications is the 7 March. Find out more...

The Penelope Project: How the arts can transform care for older people

Monday 13 March 2017, 6 - 8.30pm
Queen Margaret University

Anne Basting is a theatre artist and educator, known internationally for her groundbreaking creative practice which engages older people in care settings and their wider communities. Her work demonstrates the potential of storytelling and creative expression to improve the lives of older people living with cognitive impairment. Basting has developed an alternative concept of ageing, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges, and views sustained emotional connections as critical to our wellbeing as we age. Find out more...

Next Cross Party Group on Culture meeting

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 5.30 - 8pm
Scottish Parliament Building, Edinburgh

Cross-Party Groups (CPGs) provide an opportunity for Members of all parties, outside organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest in a particular cause or subject. The next CPG on Culture will be held on Tuesday 14 March 2017 between 5.30pm-8.00pm at the Scottish Parliament in Committee Room 1. Find out more...

Let's Get Real: Young Audiences Conference 2017

Monday 20 March 2017, 10am - 4.45pm
Museum of London

Exploring arts, heritage and digital - for and with children and teenagers. Digital content, channels and tools offer a multitude of experiences and environments that young audiences use and enjoy every day. If arts and heritage organisations are to be relevant to the next generation they need to understand and make the most of this massive opportunity. Find out more...

Future of Museums: Audiences

Wednesday 29 March 2017, 9.30am-5pm
The Wellcome Collection, London

How will our rapidly changing society affect the relationship that museums have with audiences in the future?

Chaired by Tonya Nelson, head of UCL Museums and Collections, the event will look at the influence that demographic, technological and other trends will have on the needs of audiences, including families, young people, older visitors and those with disabilities. Find out more...

TALK TRACK TALK: Travelling Study Day

Thursday 27 April 2017, 11.30am - 6.30pm
Edinburgh and Dundee

This study day will take in both parts of MARK WALLINGER MARK in Edinburgh and Dundee. It will begin at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh with talks by Fiona Bradley (The Fruitmarket Gallery) and David Hopkins (University of Glasgow), followed by guided discussion on board the train to Dundee, and then talks by Beth Bate (DCA) and writer and psychoanalyst Anouchka Grose given at DCA. Find out more...

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