About Engage Scotland

What does Engage Scotland do?

Engage Scotland offers a programme of events, projects and research supporting those working in learning and engagement in visual arts venues in Scotland. Several events, including networking and training meetings, are held each year across Scotland reflecting themes and concerns within the sector.

We currently have over 90 members representing organisations, artists and freelance gallery educators from across Scotland. Members include The National Galleries of Scotland; Glasgow Life; The Travelling Gallery, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness; Project Ability, Glasgow; Aberdeen and Museums Galleries Scotland.

Members can influence the programme of events by requesting specific training, suggesting speakers and venues.

Membership of Engage Scotland also gives members opportunities to promote their education and learning activities through taking part in events such as Children’s Art Week and sharing good practice through the Engage Scotland monthly e-newsletter.

A key part of what we do is to advocate for gallery and visual arts education and gallery educators in Scotland. This includes giving talks to students, attending events such as the Museums Galleries Scotland Conference and responding on behalf of the sector to major policy initiatives such as the Culture Strategy Consultation. We also work in partnership with organisations and projects such as SCAN and SAU.

Members are updated on news and events in Scotland through regular emails and e-newsletters.


Events and networking

Engage Scotland programmes workshops, training seminars and talks supporting those working in learning and engagement in visual arts venues in Scotland. Several events, including networking and training meetings, are held each year across Scotland reflecting themes and concerns within the sector.


Who’s Who in Engage Scotland

The Engage Scotland Development Group represents our members and is made up of gallery educators, curators and artist educators. The group works with the Coordinator to develop Engage Scotland’s projects, programme and to help run local networking events.


Engage members exploring artworks at Glasgow International 2012

The Engage Scotland Development Group members are:

  • Lee McCulley, Adult Learning Officer, National Museums Scotland
  • Janie Nicoll, Freelance artist/arts educator (Special interest Rep – Freelance, Engage Board Member)
  • Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager, Fruitmarket Gallery (Area Rep — Edinburgh & East Scotland)
  • Beki Pope, freelance (Area Rep — Highlands)
  • Holly Rumble, freelance arts educator, (Area Rep — Glasgow & West Scotland)
  • Kirin Saeed, freelance disability equality trainer
  • Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator

Former member:

Carol Dunbar, Education Officer at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness. Carol is also an Engage Board member and a former member of the Engage Scotland Development Group.