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Engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of Engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus.

Engage Scotland February 2019 Update

As we head into February we are wrapping up Celebrate ART, our Year of Young People 2018 project, and pulling together some lovely films, images and resources to share online–look out for a bit of a splash on those soon.

We’re also thinking about continuing professional development so make sure to consider some of the great opportunities open to you this year.

First up is the opportunity to apply for a place on Extend, Engage’s year-long professional development programme open to applicants working in learning and education roles, across all art forms. 

Another way we are supporting colleagues across the gallery and visual arts sector is through Mandate, a scheme we are running in partnership with SCAN where we support attendance at events that focus on exploring policy and practice within the visual arts sector and the wider creative industries; events that connect with and drive forward our manifesto demands and events where the attendees will be able to build new networks and contacts whilst championing the visual arts. 

 

The Extend Leadership Programme

Applications for the 2019–20 Extend Leadership Programme are now open!

Applications are invited from colleagues working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors to participate in the Extend Leadership Programme 2019–2020. Now in its ninth year, over 100 colleagues have graduated from the Programme from across the arts and cultural sectors.

The 2019–2020 Extend Leadership Programme will support up to 14 colleagues working in learning and education roles in the arts and cultural sectors who consider themselves to be mid-career and aspire to leadership. There will be 3 places for candidates resident and working in the creative arts in Scotland.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 8 April 2019

Find out more and apply here.  

 

Upcoming Events


Exploring the civic role of arts in communities

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 12.00–4.30pm

FREE, but ticketed.

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

This professional development event will explore the civic role that the arts and artists can and do play in society.

Find out more about the event here.

 

FailSpace1: Picturing Success in Cultural Participation Projects
19 March 2019, 6 April at Scottish locations; 23 March, 2 April at venues in England

FREE but booking essential

At the workshop, we will invite participants to reflect on cultural participation projects they feel have been widely recognised as being particularly successful and to assist us in creating a map of projects to explore further.

Find out more about the workshops here.

 

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Celebrate ART was an exciting collaborative project developed by four partner organisations for the Year of Young People 2018 to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts.

Opportunities to join the Engage Scotland Development Group

The Engage Scotland Development Group, (ESDG), operates as a voluntary steering group for the work of Engage in Scotland, influencing programming, supporting the Engage Scotland Coordinator’s role, representing the organisation and offering their experience and skills. 


We currently have two vacancies on the group and are looking for people to fill these roles.

This is an opportunity to be part of a lively group working to raise the profile of gallery education and visual arts engagement in Scotland. Engage really values working with experienced professionals who are keen to support Engage Scotland and increase the effectiveness of our work. Click here to find out more.

Introducing Mandate, a new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland

This new initiative from SCAN and Engage Scotland aims to support and encourage new voices and leadership from within our networks whilst developing the skills and confidence of sector professionals. The scheme aims to ensure that a diversity of opinions and experiences can feed into policy developments in Scotland and across the UK and support the joint advocacy actions that we undertake to drive forward the Visual Arts Manifesto.

We are aware that attending events can sometimes be intimidating so we are trialling a buddy system whereby we may select two applicants to attend key events together.

 

Criteria

We will support attendance at events that focus on exploring policy and practice within the visual arts sector and the wider creative industries, events that connect with and drive forward our manifesto demands and events where the attendees will be able to build new networks and contacts whilst championing the visual arts.

Example upcoming events might include; Future Fest, Creative Industries Federation International Summit, SCANSAU conferences, Contemporary Art Society Programme Study Day: Decolonising the Collection. However, we are really keen for applicants to suggest others and in particular apply for support to help them attend new or different events that help them develop new networks and contacts. 

Find out more and apply here: https://sca-net.org/projects/view/mandate

Engage Scotland, SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union launch Visual Arts Manifesto

 

Engage Scotland has joined forced with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network and the Scottish Artists Union to create a 19 point manifesto focusing on workers' rights and diversity in the visual arts.

The Visual Arts Manifesto has been launched as a direct response to the current challenges facing the art sector as a whole and is our first public response to the new National Culture Strategy consultation process.

The Manifesto sets out our policy demands but also our collective commitment to positive change. This vision and set of ambitions for the sector will help ensure that we maintain Scotland’s global reputation as a dynamic, innovative place for contemporary visual arts.

Click here to download it in full

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