Engage Scotland

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

SCAN and Engage Scotland launch the Mandate Climate Action Fund

Up to £500 available to support SCAN and Engage members in making change through;

  • Undertaking training with a sustainability or climate action focus
  • Creative Activity which supports sustainability
  • Purchase of equipment or materials that support climate adaptation in your work or creative practice

Open to freelancers in Scotland only.

Read about the fund and find out how to apply.

Not going back to normal: Manifesto launch from Collective

Attend the Not Going back to normal evaluation sharing session

Date: Thursday 11 November
Time: 2 – 5pm

This online sharing session will be informal and based on open discussion, it will create an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on Not Going back to Normal
  • Discuss and understand the experience of reading the evaluation and manifesto
  • Consider what can be learned from the evaluation and manifesto
  • Create a plan of action of what could be applied from the evaluation and manifesto in your organisation or practice.

Come along to the Not Going Back to Normal Evaluation sharing event.

New disabled artists manifesto

The porcelain head of a doll stands out from a black background. The face is covered in tiny cracks and the top of the head is broken, revealing Victorian scrap paper and flowers inside. One of the doll’s eyes is ringed with pearls. It wears drop earrings and a choker decorated with a gold key.

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.

ART evolution

ART Evolution is Engage Scotland’s exciting new collaborative and responsive programme supporting young people aged 16 – 25, freelance artists, creative educators and visual arts organisations/galleries as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April 2021 Engage Scotland undertook a scoping and consultation exercise, to understand what support the visual arts sector needs to ensure inclusive engagement with young people, as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The findings from the scoping phase are available in a short report available here.

Check out other Youth Arts Training opportunities here https://youthartsfund.eventbritestudio.com/

Find us on Twitter @YouthArtsScot #YouthArtsSurvey to see the youth arts project that follows the survey.

Improving access to galleries for visually impaired people

As part of Engage Scotland’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the associated shutdown of the gallery sector, we supported Kirin Saeed, a visually impaired disability training specialist, to buddy up with the community engagement team at the National Galleries of Scotland, (NGS), in Edinburgh, during the summer of 2020. This micro project saw Kirin work with Meg Faragher, Communities Learning Coordinator in the Learning and Engagement Department, and other colleagues, as NGS sought to maintain existing links with visually impaired audiences and adapt their programmes to offer ongoing access for visually impaired people at this challenging time.

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.