Engage Scotland

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

COVID-19 Update 

In response to the latest government guidance relating to COVID-19 (or Coronavirus), and in order to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our members, audiences and staff, Engage has made the following changes to our operations.   

The Engage Scotland Coordinator continues to work from home and the Engage Head Office team are now working remotely. Engage will continue to advocate for the gallery and visual arts education sector across the UK and internationally. 

Read more about Engage’s COVID-19 response here. 

We have rescheduled or paused our Scotland programme of activities for 2020 until we have had more time to understand what the best way of supporting the gallery education sector in Scotland will be. We will work with members, colleagues at Engage and other sector support organisations to develop our response over the next few weeks and months.  

Upcoming events and opportunities

COVID-19 support resources

Please get in touch if you have any suggestions for us at this time scotland@engage.org  

Not going back to normal: A Disabled Artists Manifesto

Engage Scotland is delighted to be supporting an independently managed and curated commission to produce a provocation about the exclusion of disabled artists in the visual arts and gallery sector.

Not Going Back to Normal is a project by Sasha Saben Callaghan and Harry Josephine Giles, commissioned collectively by Arika, Artlink, CCA, Collective, DCA, Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions, Project Ability and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, and funded by Creative Scotland and Engage Scotland.

For more information about the project and the call for art and idea, visit the Not Going Back to Normal website.

Congratulations to Engage member Caitlin McKinnon

Congratulations to Caitlin McKinnon, Creative Learning Curator at The Fruitmarket Gallery who won an award for Participation & Youth Voice at The National Youth Work Awards last Thursday evening.  Caitlin is the driving force behind Fresh Fruit, the Fruitmarket’s programme for young people. The young people work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. Fresh Fruit’s programme consists of peer-led projects including exhibitions; art parties; co-production with artists; collaboration with youth sector organisations; trips to arts and cultural spaces; and training and mentoring to develop skills and run workshops. 

Find out more about Fresh Fruit in Building Fresh Perspectives, a case study by Caitlin McKinnon

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

Front page of the Visual Art Manifest

Engage Scotland has joined forces 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.