Online creative facilitation training

Engage Scotland is offering two training events in online creative facilitation for gallery, heritage and freelance visual arts creative learning professionals across the UK.

Session 1 is for those not particularly comfortable using online communications platforms such as Zoom — it will offer a time to play and learn how to make Zoom more engaging and fun.

Session 2 is more advanced, digging deeper into how we need to adapt our facilitation styles in order to deliver successfully AND creatively online.

By attending you will have the opportunity to:

  • Feel empowered so that your online delivery is more engaging, fun and impactful
  • Explore the basics and more advanced concepts of facilitation and how to use tech to achieve deep engagement
  • Reduce any fear of online communications platforms such as Zoom, making them an exciting and positive experience for creative learning professionals and participants

You can choose to attend one or both training sessions.

Session 1: Getting to grips with Zoom

If you want to get to grips with what’s possible when using Zoom this session is for you and will help you to adapt your practice and develop arts experiences online. We will explore the functions of Zoom and how to enliven the experience to keep your participants engaged.

2 hours of tuition plus 2 x 15 min networking breaks.

Tuesday 25 August 202010:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday 1 September 202010:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fees: Session 1

Personal member £15
Personal non-member£20
Organisational member £25
Organisational non-member £30

Session 2: Creative Facilitation Online

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities faced when delivering creative engagement online. We will look at facilitation techniques and what specific approaches work best online, as well as using some of Zoom’s advanced features to gamify the experience to blast through the issues to create meaningful, artistic workshops for your participants.

2 hours of tuition plus 2 x 15 min networking breaks.

Wednesday 26 August 202010:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday 3 September 202010:00 am – 12:30 pm

Fees: Session 2

Personal member £20
Personal non-member£25
Organisational member £30
Non-member organisation£35

Numbers at the workshops are limited to 20 per session so please book early to secure your place. Places are limited to a maximum of two people from the same organisation.

If you have any questions about booking or would like this information in another format, please contact Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator, Sarah works Monday – Wednesday for Engage.


This training will be delivered by Sarah Longfield.

Sarah is a Creative Producer in participatory art and a life coach.  She runs See Think Make, the training and development agency for Arts Award in Scotland and also a little social enterprise, Mrs Magooty that is all about beadwork and reducing social isolation through craft.

Technical requirements for attendees

You can attend this training from anywhere using a compatible computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet.

Please note, some organisations have additional security settings that may prevent you from accessing the training on a work device. Please check that your organisation permits access to Zoom. If they don’t provide access, we encourage you to use a personal device, if possible, as we are unable to provide refunds when there are issues with participants’ IT which prevent them from accessing a training session.

Refund Policy

If you are unable to attend the training for any reason the training fee will still apply. As a not-for-profit charity, Engage needs to ensure that we cover the running costs of delivering training, unfortunately this means we are unable to reimburse attendees if they are unable to participate in a training session.

Join Engage to benefit from discounted event fees plus professional development support, access to ground-breaking research projects, resources and publications and a national and international network of peers.

This event reflects Engage Scotland’s ongoing commitment to the policy asks of the Visual Arts Sector Manifesto launched in partnership with SCAN and the Scottish Artists Union.