Area groups

Engage provides a platform for education professionals working within galleries, museums, heritage venues, schools and other community venues, to meet and connect through Area Group meetings.

Engage membership allows me to raise my awareness of the sector, share ideas with other organisations and hear about events. I love the community feel of my local area’s members

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These meetings are convened across the nine regions in England, and Wales. Meetings are programmed by Area Group Representatives, who work across the UK to:

  • Support Engage members in their area
  • Help to shape Engage’s work nationally
  • Build Engage’s external networks
  • Act as advocates for gallery education

Meetings are free of charge to Engage members, and members from any region are invited to attend.

Non-members are welcome to attend one ‘taster’ meeting for £5 before joining. If you join, the cost of the meeting will be deducted from your Membership fee. Due to Covid-19, all area group meetings, unless otherwise mentioned are free to non-members.

Members can log-in and view upcoming and past activity in their region (including Area Reports), using the side menu to navigate to their area.

About Area Group Meetings

Engage Area Group Reps programme up to four meetings per year in each region. Meetings often include a practical workshop, or presentations on research or case studies from within or outside the sector which might help develop your work. Members are encouraged to attend meetings to share and promote your practice and build networks with colleagues.

About Area Group Reps

Engage Area Group Reps and Special Interest Reps come together to form the Engage Council of members, which meets regularly to offer feedback on projects and programmes, helping Engage to shape activity to benefit colleagues working in the sector. Special Interest Reps represent areas of expertise such as diversity, freelance practice, higher education and digital learning. In Scotland and Wales volunteer Development Groups and Area Reps support the coordinators to develop and deliver their programmes.

Serving on Council is a fantastic professional development opportunity. Vacancies are advertised to members when they become available. You can find a complete list here of Engage Council members by clicking here.

For more information about becoming an Area Representative, contact

What’s happening in your area?

Members are welcome to contact their local Area Rep for advice or to find out what’s going on locally. Area programmes, including newsletters, training and networking events are run on a voluntary basis, and depend on local interest and resources.

How Engage can help you network

In addition to Area Group meetings, and professional development training and events, Engage offers members and non-members lots of ways to build networks and meet colleagues — both within their geographical area or within specialist knowledge or experience.

Engage values the views and input of its members

Members are invited to contribute to the review and development of Engage activities by:

  • Contributing to our annual member survey
  • Providing feedback on all evaluated Engage professional development events and programmes
  • Emailing throughout the year