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About this issue:

This edition of the Engage journal explores the purposes and value of viewing, critically engaging and creating in the visual arts, and the broader world of imagery and objects.

Currently — at least in the United Kingdom — reductions to public funding are threatening galleries and museums, and in England particularly the status of the arts is being undermined in schools and further education. The opportunities to engage critically with historical and contemporary objects and images, and learn how to do so, are arguably eroding. This is occurring during a vast increase in the employment of imagery in the arts and the expanding, sophisticated fields of marketing, the internet, print, digital and social media and digital entertainment. A critical engagement with, and understanding of images and objects is vital to understanding the world.