Engage Spring Training Programme

Engage is delighted to announce a programme of workshops and short courses which will run throughout February and March to provide training and skills development for those working in the gallery and visual arts education sector across the UK.

The programme will support colleagues in the sector to develop their understanding and skills in relation to issues which have become more urgent because of recent challenges, particularly since the pandemic, including mental health and wellbeing, the climate emergency, and supporting creative practitioners. Additionally a range of sessions will support colleagues to work in the online environment through the development of skills in digital facilitation, facilitating play online, and digital drawing, amongst other topics.

Engage has received generous support through the Cultural Recovery Fund administered by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation for core costs and sector support. As a result, we are able to offer funded places on our workshops and courses to those in England, supported through the Cultural Recovery Fund. We are able to offer free places to those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Sessions are suitable for colleagues who are employees, freelance, currently furloughed and unemployed. Engage members can take advantage of priority booking. Remaining places will be opened to bookings from others working in the sector.

February Programme

Carbon Literacy Training

Part 1: 3.5 hours self guided learning

Date and time: Part 2: Friday 26 February, 12:30 -16:00           

Date and time: Part 3: Friday 26 February, 12:30 – 16:00

Delivered by: Jamie Saye, Opera North

March Programme

Evaluating with digital audiences

Date: Thursday 4 March 2021

Time: 14:00- 16:30

Event facilitators: Ashleigh Hibbins and Katie Moffat, Learning and Participation Consultant and Head of Digital, from The Audience Agency

Introductory safeguarding and child protection training

Date: Friday 5 March 2021

Time: 9:30 – 16:30

Event facilitators: NSPCC

Safeguarding and child protection

As part of the Engage Spring Training Programme we are offering funded places to those working in the gallery and visual arts education sector to undertake an online e-learning course with NSPCC.

Choose from these courses:

Online safety training

Child protection in Scotland

Safeguarding 16 to 25 year olds training (England and Wales)

Safeguarding children and young people with SEND

Games in Galleries

Date: Monday 8 March 2021

Time: 10:00- 11:30

Event facilitator: Holly Gramazio, Game Designer

Mental Health Aware

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021

Time: 9:00 – 13:00

Event facilitators: MHFA England

Practising well workshop

Date: Friday 12 March 2021

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Event facilitators: Nicola Naismith, Visual Artist, Researcher and Trainer.

Creative mindfulness: Incorporating arts and wellbeing into remote learning

Date: Monday 15 March

Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Event facilitator: Georgia Dack, Learning Producer at Turner Contemporary, and an Engagement Assistant at Turner Contemporary.

Practising writing, writing practice

Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Event facilitator: Chris Fremantle, researcher and producer.

Digital drawing as a tool for learning and engagement

Date: Friday 19 March

Time: 13:00 – 15:00

Event facilitator: Wilson Yau, artist and educator

Creative learning APPS and Online tools

Date: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Event facilitators: Abbie Canning is an artist educator and QClub Programme Curator at QUAD, Derby and Darius Powell is QUAD’s Digital Producer.

Mental Health Champions

Dates and times: Thursday 25 March 2021, 13:00 – 16:30 and Friday 26 March 2021, 13:00 – 16:30

Event facilitators: MHFA England


If you have any queries about the training programme please email info@engage.org