Area groups

Engage provides a platform for visual arts engagement and participation professionals to meet and connect through regional events.

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

Engage member

These meetings are convened across the nine regions in England, Wales and Scotland. Meetings are programmed by Area 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 visual arts engagement and participation

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

Non-members are welcome to attend regional events for a £5 fee.

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

About regional meetings

Engage Area Representatives programme meetings and events throughout the year in each region. Meetings may 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 Representatives

Engage Area Representatives and Special Interest Representatives 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. Our Special Interest Representatives share their expertise on areas such as diversity, freelance practice, digital learning, research and evaluation. In Scotland and Wales volunteer Development Groups and Area Representatives 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 [email protected]

What’s happening in your area?

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

To contact your Area Representative, use the ‘+’ next to the ‘Members Area’ menu to the left or above (depending on the size of your browser) to see your area. 

How Engage can help you network

In addition to regional 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 [email protected] throughout the year