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Call for proposals — Engage Journal 43

Profession and Practice (working title)

This year Engage marks thirty years advocating for and supporting visual arts and gallery education. Appropriately, this issue celebrates the development of the profession, and pays tribute to key figures that have conceived, developed and analysed gallery education pedagogies and practice. Given the maturity of the sector, it is not surprising that many of these key figures are enjoying retirement, pursuing personal projects or nearing the end of their formal careers; Sue Clive, Felicity Allen, Vivien Lovell, Jenni Lomax, Helen O’Donoghue, Veronica Sekules, Lindsey Fryer, to name a few.

While looking back, this issue also aims to pinpoint work that currently defines gallery education and what motivates people to enter the profession now. This year is a time to take stock of all that has been achieved, and what the sector values in moving into the future.

We are interested in contributions from colleagues in the UK and worldwide that reflect on the development of gallery education policy and practice, highlighting the contribution of key individuals. Proposals should address questions such as:

  • What have been the key developments in gallery education practice in museums and galleries over the last 30 years and who have been the innovators?
  • Gallery education emerged alongside the community arts movement, which strove to effect social change and cultural democracy through the arts. In what ways have gallery educators been able to ‘make a difference’?
  • Who are the key figures that have shaped gallery education, and what are their lasting achievements?
  • What has been the role of leaders in galleries and museums who have supported education and participation?
  • How have path breaking gallery educators supported colleagues coming into the profession?
  • What areas of practice or specific projects are currently inspiring to gallery educators?
  • Citing examples of important gallery educators and others who have developed the field results in a monocultural list. Has the sector succeeded in diversifying the sector workforce to any significant extent?

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please send an informal proposal of no more than 300 words, your job/freelance title and contact details to communications@engage.org by 10am on Monday 3 June 2019.

Contributions may take the format of articles, interviews, collaborative pieces, conversations, photo essays or discussions, and engage welcomes those which take advantage of the Journal’s online format, through the use of sound or video clips, film and html links to digital content. As a guide, final articles lie between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

Issue timeline:

  • Proposals deadline: 10 am, Monday 24 June 2019
  • Finished article deadline: 10 am, Monday 12 August 2019 (TBC)
  • Engage 43: Profession and Practice (working title) will be published in Autumn 2019

Please download the full outline below, stimulated by a discussion with the Engage Journal Editorial Advisory Board (EAB). Please address or use the issue outline and the above questions as prompts in proposals for articles.

Download the full role description as a PDF


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