Engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of Engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus.
How do we ensure inclusive youth engagement in the visual arts as we emerge from Covid-19?
In this short survey we want to hear from organisations and individual artists whose work involves engaging young people with the visual arts in Scotland.
Engage Scotland have received funding from Creative Scotland to develop a collaborative programme that supports young people aged 16-25, visual arts organisations/galleries, and freelance artists in Scotland, to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are particularly interested to understand how we can support the sector to breakdown pre-existing barriers to youth engagement with the visual arts, that have been exacerbated by Covid-19.
We will use the responses to this survey to inform the detail and structure of our youth arts project programme.
Complete our survey for a chance to win a £30 voucher for Cass Art or a free personal Engage membership (open to freelance artists, or organisations for a youth trainee, volunteer or freelance artist working with you).
After taking the survey, please share it with your colleagues and share across social media.
Find us on Twitter @YouthArtsScot #YouthArtsSurvey.
Mapping contemporary visual art & design education in Scottish schools
In publishing the Culture Strategy for Scotland in February 2020, one of the Scottish Government’s actions was to collaborate to realise the transformational power of culture in achieving a broad range of policy outcomes. (5) A Culture strategy for Scotland, https://www.gov.scot/publications/culture-strategy-scotland/pages/6/
This included partnering with Creative Scotland and Engage Scotland to undertake mapping research to identify best practice and barriers, developing new approaches to supporting schools, teachers and pupils to engage more confidently with contemporary visual arts and design. Engage Scotland is seeking to commission a freelance researcher to undertake this project.
Not going back to normal: Manifesto launch from Collective
New disabled artists manifesto
A new manifesto calling for radical change in the arts was launched last year. Not going back to normal has been created following an open call out to disabled artists. Published as a website and a book, the project combines visual art, poetry, manifestos and more, and includes contributions from 47 contemporary disabled artists living in Scotland.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, the world suddenly became interested in isolation, exclusion, and distance communication – issues which disabled people have experienced long before the pandemic. As the country locked down, disabled artists in Scotland were asked to re-imagine what ‘normal’ might look like in a radically accessible arts world.
Artists Harry Josephine Giles and Sasha Saben Callaghan have brought together contributions of art and ideas which show what the arts in Scotland could and should be like for disabled artists in the post-pandemic era.
Not going back to normal manifesto can be found here: https://www.notgoingbacktonormal.com/
About Not going back to normal
Not going back to normal was commissioned by a consortium of visual art organisations working together to address barriers faced by disabled artists in Scotland, made up of; Arika, Artlink, CCA, Collective (project producers), DCA, Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions, Project Ability, Scottish Sculpture Workshop.
The project is funded by Creative Scotland and Engage Scotland, and is independently managed and curated.
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.
COVID-19 support resources
- Creative Scotland has useful information relating to the current situation
- For further advice relating to the arts and cultural sectors, please see COVID-19: Information and resources (published by Engage).
Please get in touch if you have any suggestions for us at this time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Engage Scotland, SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union launch Visual Arts Manifesto
Engage Scotland has joined
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.