Call for researcher (s)

Organisation: Engage Scotland, The project will be managed by Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator, with support from colleagues at Engage Head Office.

Project: Mapping contemporary visual art & design education in Scottish schools

Dates of delivery: April – October 2021

Fee: £12,500 is available for the mapping research and all deliverables.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 10am Thursday 18 March 2021.

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.

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 will commission a freelance researcher to undertake this project.

The research report will provide data and evidence for ongoing analysis and development activity. It will inform future work to support schools, pupils and teachers in particular, to engage more confidently with contemporary visual art and design, and with the visual arts and gallery sector in Scotland.

Information about the research objectives, themes, research requirements and timeline, can all be found in the downloadable PDF document.

Tender submission requirements

Please provide a CV and a tender document that includes the following information, in not more than 2,000 words:

  • Why you are interested in this contract and how your previous experience equips you to do this piece of work
  • An outline of your approach to the research
  • A summary of two similar research projects which you have conducted
  • Evidence of your skills, knowledge and experience in respect of research of this type
  • Contact details for two individuals who can provide references for similar work

A shortlist will be drawn up from applications and online interviews will be arranged.

Please send your completed application by email to with Mapping Research in the subject line.


If you have any questions or require assistance submitting your application, then please contact Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator, Monday – Wednesday, . Sarah will be on leave w/c 8 March 2021.