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Engage International Conference 2017

It’s time to rethink the conversation surrounding equality, diversity and access.

The visual arts can act as a catalyst for change. Arts educators, artists, makers and teachers are often under pressure to simply deliver, but could benefit from time to reflect on their practice.

There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ toolkit to address the myriad issues surrounding race, ethnicity, identity, disability, gender and sexuality; these issues are individual and complex. This conference will give delegates the opportunity to explore what they do and why they do it, moving beyond box-ticking exercises, being realistic and getting to the heart of often thorny, and sometimes controversial issues.

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Conference sought to address these provocations:

What do we talk about when we talk about diversity? Is diversity practice too often focused outwards at the expense of challenging internal customs?

Nothing about us without us is for us. Who needs to be in the room when we talk about diversity and why?

Who decides what matters? How is the agenda set: top down, bottom up or somewhere in between

Are we there yet? How will we know when we’ve got there? What will an inclusive, diverse sector look like?

- Learn more about the 2017 conference contributors and speakers

- Explore the theme with our multimedia Reading & Listening List

- Alongside the main programme delegates were invited to make the most of their time in Hull by attending the Conference Fringe programme

- Five reasons to attend Conference

We are grateful to Artlink, Heritage Learning and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 for their support of Engage Conference 2017.

Engage is committed to ensuring that conference is open and accessible to all. We are currently working on an access audit, and would encourage anybody with specific needs to get in touch by contacting Ailbhe Mac Eoin, Communications Officer on 0207 729 5858, or communications@engage.org

Images on this page by Kaleidoworks & Amy Charles

Learn more about our conference, 'The Whole Picture: Rethinking diversity', from Programmer Dawn Cameron

About the 2017 Engage International Conference from Engage on Vimeo.

Engage International Conference 2017
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