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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.

Great news for Engage Cymru!

 


Engage Cymru is delighted to announce its successful joint bid to A&B Cymru CultureStep with business sponsor Western Power Distribution, to support its Dementia Friendly Galleries training programme.
This is the first time Engage Cymru has secured business sponsorship and we are looking forward to working closely with Western Power Distribution to help tackle barriers and challenges which face people living with dementia through the arts.

Engage Cymru Coordinator Angela Rogers said: “The business support will enhance Engage Cymru’s Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding for the project and enable us to build the capacity of the gallery and visual arts sector to deliver bespoke activity for those living with dementia and their carers through training and pilot taster sessions at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Oriel Myrddin. The project has also been successful in securing a grant from the Age Cymru Gwanwyn fund, and partnership funding from Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Oriel Myrddin.”

Western Power Distribution are the electricity distribution network operator for Midlands, South West and Wales who deliver electricity to over 7.9 million customers. The partnership will help to promote their Priority Service Register aimed at older and vulnerable people living in the community, ensuring they receive a priority service if they experience a power cut – a particularly worrying time if someone relies on electricity for medical equipment or if they are elderly, ill or disabled. Engage Cymru will share details about the service via project partners and the Wales Arts Health & Wellbeing Network which it coordinates.

CultureStep will add value to the project through supporting bespoke hands-on gallery activities during Age Positive Week in October and support the training of artists in order to establish a pool of freelance practitioners able to deliver stimulating and enjoyable activities in South and West Wales.

Angela Rogers said: “The news comes at an exciting time when we are just a week away from hosting the first of our Dementia Friendly Gallery Training workshops – there are still a few places left in our Swansea session if anyone would like to join us on 20 July.

 

Engage Cymru Dementia Friendly Galleries Training: booking open

Thursday 19 July 2018, 10am - 4.30pm, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
**TWO PLACES LEFT**
  

Friday 20 July 2018, 10am - 4.30pm, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
**SOLD OUT**


Dementia Friendly Galleries is one full day’s professional development training aimed at visual artists, gallery staff and anyone wanting to get involved in delivering visual arts-based activity with people living with dementia and their carers. It will be led by experts in the field and include Dementia Friends training led by the Alzheimers Society.  It will also include a follow up learning and sharing session in the Autumn. 

There is growing evidence that social and cultural organisations - large and small - have the potential to improve quality of life for people living with dementia, their families and carers. The visual arts have a significant part to play in how we care for and enrich the lives of people as they age, and new researched has led to the development of a handbook to guide artists wanting to explore the relevance of the visual arts in gallery settings.

The artists handbook - Dementia & Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Interventions - forms the basis of training offered by Engage Cymru and facilitated by members of this research team to explore critical ingredients, principles and practice to deliver safe and stimulating arts-based projects for people living with dementia. Led by Dr Gill Windle from Bangor University and Clive Parkinson from Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University and facilitated by artists Chris Lewis-Jones and Sian Hughes, this is a unique opportunity for artists to refine and develop their skills in this important social arts practice.

Cost
Full price: £35
Engage Organisational members: £30
Engage Personal members: £25


Please note that the training at Oriel Myrddin will take place in the studio on the first floor, which is not currently accessible for those with restricted mobility. Glynn Vivian Gallery is fully accessible.

Download the full event information (including a special Engage membership offer for delegates)

Book online here 

 

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If you have any questions about booking or would like this information in another format, please contact Engage on
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7729 5858
Fax: +44 (0)20 7739 3688
Email: info@engage.org

Join the Engage Council as Representative for North West Wales

Engage Area Group 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. 

Joining the Engage Council is a fantastic opportunity to connect in meaningful and constructive ways with colleagues not only in your local area, but across the country. 

As an Area Representative you'll have support from Engage to programme regular meetings, with speakers and topics you feel are relevant to your region and professional network. 

As a member of Council, you'll join a group of engaged, dynamic colleagues from across the country, who form a much valued advisory body for Engage. 

We are currently recruiting for North West Wales. 

How to apply 
To apply please email Sayak Mukherjee 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

Please note Council Members must be members of Engage. Additionally if you work for an organisation you will need to have the support of your manager to take up this role. 

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

Engage Cymru event - Unlocking Potential - documentation now online

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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.

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

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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.

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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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