Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people

The Engage Conference 2019, Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people, will take place on 5–6 November 2019 at Northumbria University, Newcastle and Gateshead.

The conference will examine the benefits and challenges of young people’s access to the arts, exploring best practice, partnerships and policies from the sector. 


Engage Personal members £150 (Early bird) * £175 
Engage Organisational Members £260 (Early bird) * £300  
Non-Members **  £360 (Early bird) * £420 

* If booked by 5:00 pm on Thursday 19 September 2019   
** Engage members receive discounts on all Engage events, including our annual conference. Please note membership must be current at the time of the event in order to receive discounted members rates. Membership starts from £3.25 a month. Visit www.engage.org/join to become a member. 

Please note that if you are booking for more than one person you will need to complete a booking form for each person attending.  

Engage is committed to ensuring that the conference is open and accessible to all. If you require the booking form in a different format or have specific needs please get in touch by contacting Louise Rutledge, Communications Officer on 0207 729 5858, or communications@engage.org

Cancellations on conference places will be subject to a £15 administration fee; no refunds will be given later than 15 days before the event. Fringe events are non-refundable. Bookings close 5:00 pm on Wednesday 9 October. 

Fringe events, 4 – 5 November

Alongside the main Engage Conference delegates are invited to a fringe programme of visits, talks and workshops showcasing visual arts and culture in and around Newcastle and Gateshead.  

These include Baltic, Discovery Museum, Hatton Gallery, Laing Gallery, New Writing North, Theatre Royal, Tyneside Cinema and Word Rap Project.  


Engage is pleased to offer a range of bursaries and supported places to help colleagues who might otherwise be unable to attend this year’s Conference, including discounted places, freelance artist bursaries and bursaries for colleagues from Scotland and Wales. 


Engage Conference Delegates are invited to submit proposals to participate in the Soapbox session on Tuesday 5 November.

Delegate Soapbox offers colleagues the opportunity to present to Conference attendees about a particular project, area of work, or piece of research Soapbox presentations do not have to relate to the Conference theme. Presentations should be no longer than 6 minutes.

Engage is supported by

Conference partners and supporters

Laing Art Gallery, Hatton, Link (Laing Art Gallery), New Writting North, Event Northumbria, Baltic, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Tyneside Cinema