From 2004–11, enquire supported projects with children and young people across England and associated research into the learning benefits to participants of engaging with contemporary art, galleries and artists.

Projects were planned, delivered and evaluated through clusters of galleries, schools, youth groups, care homes, children’s centres, artists and universities. The programme included professional development for gallery educators, teachers, youth leaders, care staff and artists. Its legacies include greater understanding of the learning benefits of gallery education and the factors that enable this learning, and strong local and regional partnerships.

Research and resources

enquire resulted in a range of resources to support the development of increasingly effective practice in galleries, schools, youth groups, local authority service providers and amongst artists. enquire has also published material for dissemination of case studies and for advocacy. 

enquire supported the journal Engage 27: Exchange, a double-length exploration of the role of artists working with young people.


An independent evaluation into the enquire and Watch this Space programmes was carried out by Stuart Davies Associates and a synopsis published in 2010, Inspiring education in galleries: an evaluation of the impacts and legacies of enquire and Watch this Space.

The enquire programme was funded jointly by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education as part of the Strategic Commissioning Programme for Museum and Gallery Education. Partner funding was provided by the Foyle Foundation (2007-9), local authorities and Arts Council England (2009–11). The enquire programme was managed by Engage and was developed in association with Arts Council England.