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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’m just back from a trip to Thurso for our networking and sharing event at Caithness Horizons in partnership with ARTIST ROOMS. It was great to hear from colleagues there about their approach to developing learning resources for contemporary art exhibitions. They took a creative approach to making links across their historical collections to the GENERATION/ARTIST ROOMS exhibition of Douglas Gordon’s work. Their really engaging approach included using the crow as a motif which sparked a number of activities, including songs, poems and links with the Picts and Vikings in response.

Next up in our events and training programme will be a training day on Developing or Updating Your Child Protection Policy on 1st December at DCA in Dundee. Put the date in your diary now and we will get more information out very soon. Looking further ahead we will be collaborating with Deveron Arts on a seminar in Huntly looking at Arts and Health in March 2015.

I’m keeping this newsletter briefer than usual as I’m looking forward to getting cracking with our Open Project funding application to Creative Scotland for our 2015-17 programme. If there’s anything you would like us to cover then please let me know.

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 or updating your child protection policy

Book now!

An engage Scotland training workshop delivered by Children in Scotland
Monday 1 December 2014
DCA, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY Registration - 10.30am, Workshop starts at 11am, lunch provided, ends 4.30pm

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.

Click here for further information and to book your place.

engage International Conference 2014 - coming soon!

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

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.

GEM Scotland Family Learning Training Event
3rd December 2014, 10.30 – 3.15 Culloden, IvernessFree admission, booking required Join us for a fantastic Family learning training day. A day session highlighting good practice from across Scotland. The day will combine a creative mix of presentations, case studies and participatory discussions and activities. In addition museums from Highland and ... Full story

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