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Forthcoming events

The Whole Picture: Rethinking diversity

29 - 30 November 2017


Multi Day Seminar/Conference

Study Mode

Two day event


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.


Conference will 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?


Find out more about great early bird rates and book your place

Find out more about bursaries on offer and apply for a place

Learn more about the 2017 conference contributors and speakers

- Five reasons to attend this year's conference


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








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