Mapping Visual Art and Design Education in Scotland

Help Engage Scotland to identify best practice and barriers in developing new approaches that support schools, teachers and pupils to engage more confidently with contemporary visual art and design.

Engage Scotland is delighted to have commissioned a team from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, to undertake important new research supported by Sectoral Development funding from Creative Scotland and further funding from the Scottish Government. This research seeks to identify best practice and barriers in developing new approaches that support schools, teachers and pupils to engage more confidently with contemporary visual art and design.

The findings are expected to provide a detailed picture of the current landscape of visual art and design education in Scotland including where schools are engaging effectively with galleries, artists and visual arts organisations. The research will increase policymaker and stakeholder knowledge of current provisions and provide data and evidence for ongoing analysis and future development of Scottish contemporary visual art and design education. 

The main question we wish to explore with you is: What are the factors and strategies that inhibit and facilitate engagement with contemporary visual art and design in Scottish schools?


Who should take part?

We would very much welcome your input if you are currently working in Scotland:

  • As a teacher who delivers visual art and design in school
  • As a non-specialist teacher and/or headteacher
  • As a professional artist who works with young people/schools
  • In an arts organisation/gallery that works with young people/schools

The survey is live now and will be open until Wednesday 30 June 2021.

If you have any questions about the research, please ask Caitie McKinnon.  You can contact her at [email protected]

A full report will be published in the autumn of 2021.