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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

It was great to meet with lots of our Glasgow-based members as we start to plan the Fringe for the engage International Conference in Glasgow on 19 and 20 November. Put the dates in your diary now!

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

Opportunities to join the engage Scotland Development Group

Application deadline: 12pm, Tuesday 9 June 2015

The engage Scotland Development Group, (eSDG) operates as a voluntary steering group for the work of engage in Scotland, influencing programming, supporting the engage Scotland Coordinator’s role, representing the organisation and offering their experience and skills.

We currently have two vacancies on the group and are looking for people to fill these roles:
1 Area Rep for Highlands & Islands and member of engage Council
1 Voluntary Member of the engage Scotland Development Group

This is an opportunity to be part of a lively group working to raise the profile of gallery education and visual arts engagement in Scotland. engage really values working with experienced professionals who are keen to support engage Scotland and increase the effectiveness of our work. Read more...

Application is open for the engage Summer School 2015 in Belfast

Artists & Education: The distinctive role of artists in arts education and participatory practice

engage International Summer School

8-10 September 2015
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Application deadline: 10am, Thursday 14 May 2015
New engage Scotland Bursary deadline: 10am, Thursday 14 May 2015

engage is delighted to open applications for Summer School 2015. The engage International Summer School welcomes experienced educators, visual artists, curators and academics - working in the field of gallery and museum education and engaged visual art practice from the UK and abroad - to review and develop their practice during a three-day residential course.

This peer-led professional development event represents an opportunity for mid-career or senior colleagues to work together to:
- Reflect on aspects of current practice in gallery, museum and visual arts education
- Review current research and political agendas in the UK and Internationally
- Learn about international contexts for gallery and museum education
- Network with UK and international colleagues
- Consider the role of artists working with participants

This year’s engage Summer School will be hosted by Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 September 2015. Summer School 2015 will focus on the value, benefit, challenges and opportunities of artists working within education, learning and participatory practice, either as or alongside education colleagues. Click here to learn more about this briliant professional development opportunity, including information on how to apply.

Please note

engage Scotland are offering 2 bursaries funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, to fund colleagues based in Scotland to attend Summer School. The bursaries will cover the successful applicants attendance fee plus up to £360 expenses. Applicants who wish to be considered for a bursary should apply through the Application Form by the deadline of 10am, Thursday 14 May 2015.

engage to receive Creative Scotland funding to continue successful Scottish programme

engage is delighted to announce that the organisation will receive £99,962 from Creative Scotland through its Open Project Fund, to deliver a programme of activities for gallery educators and visual arts professionals across Scotland.

engage has been running a programme in Scotland delivered by a Scotland-based Coordinator, since 2001 and has benefitted over the years from funding support from Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland. A selection of the many successes and highlights of engage’s programme in Scotland over the past 14 years include:

Partnership working with the Scottish Executive’s National Programme for promoting mental health and well being in 2005, to offer the Gallery Education Awards, celebrating creativity and well-being
 - Interpretations, an action research project with partners including Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, DCA, Dundee, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, looking at audience-led interpretation as a way of improving access to contemporary art
 - The Everyone Project – seeking to break down barriers to access to contemporary art for disabled and Deaf people, working with partner galleries in Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh and Glasgow
- Over 40 seminars, events and training opportunities in locations across Scotland, promoting good practice and sharing Scottish gallery and visual arts education practice
 - A range of professional development opportunities for Scottish delegates at the engage International Conference, engage International Summer School and as part of the Extend, engage’s UK-wide cross-arts leadership programme
 - The Equalities Go & See fund which supported 34 research trips for colleagues from across the arts in Scotland to go and see good practice in promoting equality and diversity through the arts.
Click to learn more about this good news!

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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