Join us for discussions on the topic of Class and Inequality as we launch Engage Journal 45

To complement the launch of Engage Journal 45, Engage presents two events to explore the debate further.

Event 1

Title – Launch Event: People Like Me

Date and time – Tuesday 13 July, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This panel discussion asks what needs to change in the current institutional context to actually address class and inequality for educators, artists and curators? Chaired by Professor Sarah Perks with guests Kenn Taylor (creative producer and writer), Amani Mitha (freelance curator and postgraduate student) and Karen Eslea, Head of Learning and National Programmes, National Gallery.

Introduced with a provocation by Skinder Hundal, Director of Arts, British Council.

FREE and open to everyone.

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Event 2

Title – Members’ Seminar: The Morning After

Date and time – Wed 14 July, 11:00am – 12.30pm

Following the launch event, members are invited back for a closed seminar to discuss in detail the issues raised by the Journal. This session is chaired by Annie Davey and Dr. Claire Robins from the Institute of Education at University College London and who are both members of our Journal Editorial Advisory Board. This event includes a presentation by freelance Learning Curator Jon Sleigh reflecting on recent work conducted at the National Gallery.

FREE. Bookable for Engage members only.

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About this issue:

Issue 45 of the Journal explores issues of class, socio-economic disadvantage and inequality in relation to gallery education and engagement programmes and the related sector.  

The articles in Engage 45: Class and Inequality, although different in terms of their scope and focus, are consistent in demonstrating that class not only has a significant impact on the visual arts education workforce and its practice, but it is often ignored. Readers will feel a call to action as the responsibility to play a role in changing that falls on us all.  

Class and inequality is divided into three sections: What to change? is a series of essays and conversations that articulate the current situation; Ways of seeing suggests alternative methods to approach and understand where we are; Spaces  and places is detailed analysis of specific locations and projects that explore social class in visual art education.   

Contributions cover a vast geographical landscape, including Cape Town, South Africa, rural Portugal, rural Norfolk, Greater Manchester, the Midlands, London, the Welsh Valleys, Dundee and China, with articles either being focused on or influenced by their surroundings. 

As well as place, this issue considers the intersection of class with concepts such as race and sexuality.