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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.

Go & See funding reports

Go & See reports from particpants across Scotland are now available to download here.

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.

Booking now open. Find out more and book...

Winter 2016 update

As we approach the end of the year, the team at engage has been reflecting on all the good things that we have been involved with in 2017. Here in Scotland engage has delivered five training and networking events and supported venues across the country to take part in Children’s Art Week. We have spread the word about the benefits of engaging with art at meetings, conferences and seminars and visited colleagues working in galleries throughout Scotland, offering support and advice. We have supported four colleagues from across the arts to take part in the Extend Leadership programme and offered five bursary places for colleagues from Scotland to attend the engage International Conference in Liverpool in October. Watch our 2016 highlights film here.

Our programme for 2017 is shaping up nicely and we already have a rather special learning opportunity in the diary for 27th March, Let’s talk: working with visually impaired people, in partnership with Artlink Edinburgh & Lothians and the National Library of Scotland. See below for more details.

During 2017 we will be focusing on equality and diversity and working with young people in the run up to the Year of Young People in 2018. This time of year is one for reflection and perhaps for making time to plan in more reflective practice for next year. If that’s something you’re keen to do then make sure you apply to take part in Tate Exchange, engage’s exciting new peer-led learning opportunity based at Tate Modern in London at the end of March 2017. We have two bursary funded places available for participants based in Scotland. Find out more here.

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.

It would be great if you could like engage in the visual arts and engage Scotland on Facebook and follow @engagescotland on Twitter. Finally it remains for me to thank all of you for your support in 2016 and to wish you a Merry Christmas and all good things for 2017.

Sarah Yearsley

engage Scotland Coordinator

Signposting funding opportunities

This free online search engine can be used to find funding for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

Funding Scotland lists small and large grants that support big capital projects, communities and projects in Scotland. Users can search by geographical area, main activities and main beneficiaries. Funding opportunities for individuals or businesses are not listed.

The most recently updated funds appear on the search page. This website is owned and maintained by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the umbrella body for Scotland''s third sector. Take a look at the search engine here.

The Black Arts Funding Trap: Why a new model is needed for funding BAME arts projects

A Provocation Paper by MeWe360

MeWe360 has spent the past five years running an action research project to find and test new and more effective approaches to driving diversity in the arts. Read more...

Barriers to Access report

A poor understanding of where to find arts experiences, a lack of sign language interpretation and unclear access information remain major barriers for young Deaf and disabled audiences, according to a study by Scottish disability-led theatre company Birds of Paradise. Read more and download the report here.

Policy Handbook on Artists' Residencies

The European Agenda for Culture have published a policy handbook on artists' residencies, available to download on the World Cultures Connect website here.

Women, disabled and BME still struggle to reach senior arts roles

Women and those who identify as black or minority ethnic (BME) or disabled are underrepresented in senior roles in the arts, Arts Council England’s (ACE) latest diversity data report has concluded. Read more...

Across Scotland: National Strategy 2016-2020

Click here to see National Museums Scotland''s new strategy, from 2016-2020.

National Museums Scotland community engagement with young offenders

Inspired by the special exhibition Celts at the National Museum of Scotland, our Community Engagement team, in collaboration with Fife College, ran a learning course for young male offenders aged 16 to 21 at Polmont Young Offenders Institute. Read more...

The importance of inclusive design

According to the World Health Organization around a billion people (15% of the global population) have some form of impairment, so why would you want to miss out on reaching all these potential audiences? Read more...

Still dismal times for disability

On paper there should never have been a better time to be disabled and working in the arts. There are more initiatives to engage disabled artists, participants and audiences than ever. Most arts buildings are accessible. Disability-led arts organisations are galvanising creativity across the country, and disabled artists are being offered opportunities to work in the mainstream in ways never before possible. Read more... 

Helping museums and galleries become better advocates

Exploring and improving our approach to advocacy has been central to MGS’s work in 2016: but what do we actually mean when we use the word ‘advocacy’? In short, advocacy is the act of working to influence decision-makers on behalf of your organisation: we are dedicated to supporting museums of all sizes to build closer relationships with a range of people who make choices that influence the way your museum runs. Read more...

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