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Engage Cymru

Engage Cymru is the leading membership organisation for gallery education in Wales and has over 70 members, including galley and museum educators, teachers, local authority officers and artists.

Engage Cymru promotes gallery education through advocacy, regular area group meetings, networking and professional development training events, and through its research projects.

Click here to learn more about Engage Cymru.

Upcoming meetings

North Wales Region Arts Health & Wellbeing Network
Tuesday 27 February, 9.30am - 11.30am, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
An opportunity to network and share practice and hear updates from Welsh Government Cross Party Arts and Health Group and Arts Council of Wales mapping survey.
This meeting will be rescheduled due to bad weather conditions

Mid Wales Area Group Meeting 

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 11am - 2pm, Peak - Art in the Black Mountains, Crickhowell, Powys 
An opportunity to meet our new Engage Mid Wales Rep, Rachel Dunlop, Participation Manager at Peak, and hear about the recent Pete Fowler residency plus programmes in the Mid Wales region. Further information to follow.

Mid Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network
Wednesday 21 March 2018, 11am - 2pm, Celf o Gwmpas, Temple Road, Llandridnod Wells
Meeting is open to current and new Network members. Booking essential Cymru@engage.org  

Opportunities to join the Engage Council

Area Group Reps (Engage Council)

Traditionally the Engage Cymru Development Group has operated alongside four Area Representatives (Reps) who cover the geographical regions of South Wales, North East Wales, North West Wales and Mid Wales and serve on Engage Council. It is possible to combine the two roles – Area Group Rep and Development Group Member as some of our current members do. 

Area Reps organise one to two Area Group meetings per year bringing together Engage members in their region for networking and sharing practice. They also sit on the Engage Council of members and attend Engage Council meetings. Meetings take place three times a year, usually two in London and one elsewhere in the UK and are an opportunity for members and staff to discuss the organisation’s policies and programmes, as well as hear speakers on agreed topics that are relevant to the sector and gallery education practice. The next Council meetings take place on 16 May 2017 at Nottinghamshire Archives, Nottingham and on 6 September at Goldsmiths College Library, London.

Current Area Group Reps in Wales are:
- Gwawr Roberts, Community Arts Officer, Gwynedd County Council (North West Wales)
- Maggie James, freelance artist/gallery educator based at Bay Art (South Wales Rep) (also ECDG Development Group member)

The opportunities available are:
1. Area Rep for Mid Wales 
2. Area Rep for North East Wales 
We ask that Area Reps serve a six year term. Role share will be considered.

The benefits of being an Area Rep or Voluntary Member of ECDG include:
- An opportunity to input into the work of Engage
- Being part of a network of peers involved in gallery education in the UK
- Attending conferences and events for Engage 

The benefits of becoming a Council member include:
- 20% discount on conferences and training seminars in the UK organised by Engage centrally with input from Engage Cymru and Engage Scotland
- The opportunity to input into UK wide gallery education policy and strategy 
- Being part of a network of key people involved in gallery education in the UK
- Advice and guidance on accessing key organisations in the UK and other countries 
- The chance to network with colleagues and form partnerships locally and nationally

Council members can be reimbursed for travel expenses for attending Council meetings. We welcome applications from freelancers and will be able to pay travel expenses and £160 a day for loss of earnings. 

Selection process
Applications for the Development Group will be subject to the approval of the ECDG and Area Group Reps, Engage Council and Engage Board. We aim to create a balanced group reflecting the membership of Engage in Wales, and offering a diverse mix of skills and experience. 

How to apply 
If you work for an organisation you will need to have the support of your manager to take up this role. You don’t have to be acurrent member of Engage to join the Development Group but it would help if you have an understanding of the work that Engage does. You will need to join as a member if appointed. You do need to be a member of Engage to apply for an Area Rep role on Council.

We welcome applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds.

To apply, please send an email to Sayak Mukherjee, operations@engage.org with the following:
-  Explain which role you are applying for
- Why you would like to become an Area Group Rep
- What you feel you could contribute and gain from being involved
- Please include a brief work history and CV

If you would like this information in another format please email info@engage.org or call 020 7729 5858. 

Engage Cymru event - Unlocking Potential - documentation now online



In September 2017 Engage Cymru delivered ‘Unlocking Potential’ – an ACW funded training event in partnership with Denbighshire County Council and Helfa Gelf, along with a toolkit aimed at artists working with young people in secure environments and those at risk. The event brought together over 40 delegates from the arts, education and youth justice sectors in England and Wales to hear about best practice in engaging vulnerable and disengaged young people through the visual arts. 

Speakers included Dusty Kennedy, Head of Youth Justice Board Wales speaking about the Youth Justice Review (the Charlie Taylor Review), and opportunities this may open up for the arts sector; The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, and artists Pip Lewis and Simone Bizzell-Browning ran a practical session on delivering Arts Award.

Documentation from the event is now available to view (including video of the speakers, and PDFs of their presentations). You can also download an Evaluation Report from the project - click here.

Good news for Engage Cymru

Engage Cymru has been successful in securing further Arts Council of Wales Sharing Together funding to support the Arts Health & Wellbeing Network and Engage Area Group Network. Details of forthcoming meetings and plans to follow shortly.

Letting in the Light - films on show at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery this month



From April 2017 Engage Cymru delivered a 12-week intensive animation project in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Pen y Dre High School and artist animator Gerald Conn to mark the Contemporary Art Society for Wales’ 80th anniversary. Pupils brought a number of paintings acquired from CASW to life through animation and created innovative interpretation resources for the gallery which will sit alongside the original paintings. See images from the current animation project here.

This project was inspired by the ‘Animating Art History’ programme initiated by the Courtauld Institute. The screening premier will took place at the Red House, Merthyr on 8 July.

You can view the films and artwork made during this project alongside an exhibition at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery throughout October. 

Summer Arts Colleges - evaluation report now available

In August 2016, Engage Cymru worked in partnership with Unitas supporting 14 children and young people from Parc Prison Youth Offending Institute and Hillside Secure Unit to achieve Bronze Level Arts Award. These pilot interventions were generously funded by the Foyle Foundation.

Wales based artists Tom Goddard, Anna Barratt, Pip Lewis and Simone Bizzell-Browning devised innovative, intensive visual arts interventions using the young peoples’ interests as the starting point encouraging them to engage in a wide range of creative activities aimed at raising motivation levels, increasing self-esteem, developing research, numeracy, digital and literacy skills.

Find out more and download the final evaluation report here.

Engage Cymru is on Facebook!

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The Art of Health in Wales - Resources now online

In May 2016 a full day symposium took place which explored policy and practice in arts and health and showcased a range of innovative practice from across Wales. It aimed to move the Arts Health & Wellbeing sector forward and explore opportunities for advocacy, collaboration and networking.

Speakers included Tim Joss, Founder and Chief Executive of AESOP (Arts Enterprise with a Social Purpose) and Co-Founder of the Arts Impact Fund, John Wyn Owen, Chair Health Protection Committee, Welsh Government and Council Member of Health Action Partnership International (HAPI).

Films of the Keynote Presentations plus PDFS of the Showcase Presentations are now online, along with reports on the Symposium in both English and Welsh - click here to view.

engage Cymru: Artists in Hospitals Toolkit
'Putting the Toolkit to Work'CPD training event for artists and organisations Wednesday 14 September and Tuesday 25 October 2016.The Artists in Hospitals Toolkit, produced by members of the South & Mid Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network with seed funding from the Artworks Cymru PHF initiative. To book, and for ... Full story

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