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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.

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News from Engage Cymru

Wales Art Health and Wellbeing network website launched
The WAHWN website was launched on 24 January during an event at Bangor University, ‘Building a Collaborative Artistic Research Community. Any Wales-based members delivering arts, health and well-being focused work can sign up for free, upload their profile, view and post opportunities, blogs and a wide range of resources in the Knowledge Bank section. Take a look at the website at https://wahwn.cymru/


Loneliness and Isolation – Case Study call-out
Engage Cymru on behalf of the Wales Arts Health & Well-being Network has been asked to share arts and health projects which are tackling loneliness and isolation in time for the next Welsh NHS Confederation briefing paper deadline in early March. 

If any Wales based practitioners or organisations (any art form) have evaluation reports/case studies then please get in touch. Colleagues are being encouraged to develop case studies using the template, checklist and fact file on the WAHWN website which has been designed by Jane Willis of Willis Newson with input from WAHWN members, ACW and Welsh NHS Confederation. You will need to sign up to the website in order to access the User Area and Case Study section. For more information contact Angela cymru@engage.org


Engage Cymru is delighted to announce it has been successful in its application to Arts Council of Wales to support a programme of work aimed at young people at risk of offending, offering opportunities to achieve an Arts Award,  in partnership with Theatr Clwyd in 2019.

This work will build on and consolidate earlier Engage Cymru programmes with young people at Parc Prison Youth Offending Institute and Hillside Secure Unit and respond to recommendations in the Youth Justice Board’s ‘Charlie Taylor’ Review which advocates for meaningful activity as one way of preventing offending behaviour.

Upcoming meetings:

South Wales Arts Health & Well-being Network meeting
Tuesday 19 February 2019, 11.30am - 2pm, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre Cwmbran 
To include a presentation by Sarah Goodey, Gwent Arts in Health Trust and project evaluator, Sara Warshawski following a successful hospital staff well-being programme. Free, but booking essential – contact Angela Rogers, WAHWN Coordinator cymru@engage.org

Mid Wales Arts Health & Well-being Network meeting
Wednesday 13 March 2019, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 
To include the launch of Live Music Now’s ‘Live Music Now’ report. Further information and booking details to follow.

Dementia Friendly Galleries Workshops - Update

“I more than enjoyed that!”
Participant, Dementia Friendly Galleries, 2018


Workshop at Oriel Myrddin, October 2018

During Age Positive Week 12 people living with dementia and their carers took part in a lively Dementia Friendly Galleries taster workshop at Oriel Myrddin supported by Arts Council of Wales, Western Power Distribution, Arts & Business Cymru, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Oriel Myrddin and Age Cymru.

Artists Lucy Donald, Nathan Down and Louise Bird engaged participants in exploring the gallery’s ‘Haptic Tactic – in Search of the Vernacular’ exhibition and made artwork in response. This work forms part of the wider Engage Cymru Dementia Friendly Galleries programme which is supporting galleries to gain Dementia Friendly Venue status. The programme has included Dementia Awareness sessions for artists and arts organisations led by the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friendly Galleries training led by Engage Cymru with support from Bangor University Dementia & Imagination researchers and artists.   

Watch Engage Cymru Development Coordinator Angela Rogers talking to That's TV about why Engage Cymru's Dementia Friendly Galleries training is so important:

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.

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.


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.

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.

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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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