Engage Scotland

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

April 2019 Update

Happy April and we have a spring in our step here at Engage Scotland as we make plans for three fantastic Engage Scotland events coming up over the next few months — and they are all FREE!

We know that it can feel hard to find time to take up these opportunities but we can’t stress enough just how valuable it can be to take some time out from your day to day work and to reflect and build on what you do and why.

Please get in touch if there’s some specific training or a topic that you would like us to cover in one of our events.

Sarah Yearsley
Engage Scotland Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Engage Scotland networking event at the Studio Pavilion (House for an Art Lover), Bellahouston Park, Glasgow
31 May 2019, 1:00–5:00 pm
Free to attend — find out more

A creative curriculum: embedding contemporary art in Scottish schools
Engage Scotland 1-day conference in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art
Friday 14 June 2019, 10:00 – 4:30 pm
The event is now fully booked. You can sign up to our waiting list and we’ll let you know if any place become available.

Celebrate ART 

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. 

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.


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, SCAN& SAU 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.

The final deadline is 1 July 2019 for events after Monday 15 July 2019

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