Engage Scotland

Engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of Engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus.

Engage Scotland June 2019 Update

We’re looking forward to our conference on Friday 14 June A creative curriculum: embedding contemporary art in Scottish schools. We have developed the conference in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art and are delighted that nearly 100 colleagues from across Scotland have signed up to join us on the day. The conference is fully booked now but if you can’t make it look out afterwards for resources on the shiny new Engage website or follow the event hashtag #acreativecurriculum.

Partnership working is helping us to deliver yet more development opportunities for visual arts sector colleagues in Scotland as we announce another round of Mandate funding with SCAN. The next application deadline is Monday 1 July so check out the criteria on SCAN’s website.

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.

Celebrate ART 

Celebrate ART was an exciting collaborative project developed by four partner organisations for the Year of Young People 2018 to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts. 

Introducing Mandate, a new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland

This new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland aims to support and encourage new voices and leadership from within our networks whilst developing the skills and confidence of sector professionals. The scheme aims to ensure that a diversity of opinions and experiences can feed into policy developments in Scotland and across the UK and support the joint advocacy actions that we undertake to drive forward the Visual Arts Manifesto.

We are aware that attending events can sometimes be intimidating so we are trialling a buddy system whereby we may select two applicants to attend key events together.


We will support attendance at events that focus on exploring policy and practice within the visual arts sector and the wider creative industries, events that connect with and drive forward our manifesto demands and events where the attendees will be able to build new networks and contacts whilst championing the visual arts.

Example upcoming events might include; Future Fest, Creative Industries Federation International Summit, SCAN& SAU conferences, Contemporary Art Society Programme Study Day: Decolonising the Collection. However, we are really keen for applicants to suggest others and in particular, apply for support to help them attend new or different events that help them develop new networks and contacts. 

Find out more and apply here.

The final deadline is 1 July 2019 for events after Monday 15 July 2019

Engage Scotland, SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union launch Visual Arts Manifesto

Engage Scotland has joined forced with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network and the Scottish Artists Union to create a 19 point manifesto focusing on workers’ rights and diversity in the visual arts. 

The Visual Arts Manifesto has been launched as a direct response to the current challenges facing the art sector as a whole and is our first public response to the new National Culture Strategy consultation process. 

The Manifesto sets out our policy demands but also our collective commitment to positive change. This vision and set of ambitions for the sector will help ensure that we maintain Scotland’s global reputation as a dynamic, innovative place for contemporary visual arts.

Click here to download it in full