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Engage Journal Editor

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education
Freelance fee: £8,500 per annum
Contract, June 2019 to March 2022

Application deadline: 10 am on Thursday 23 May 2019

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, wishes to recruit an Editor for the Engage Journal. The Editor guides the development and direction of the Journal, working with Engage staff and the Editorial Advisory Board (EAB). The Editor, with the EAB, agrees on the theme for each Journal edition and guides its development and direction in dialogue with the EAB and Engage team.

First published in 1996, the Engage Journal is the international journal of visual art and gallery education. Now a twice-yearly online publication, the contents of each edition follow themes linked to the visual arts and education chosen through an open-submission process. The Journal supports Engage’s mission to promote access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through gallery education. The Journal acts as a snapshot of current thinking on a subject, a repository of references, a source of practical ideas, and a forum for exchange between different parts of the art, museum and gallery community. The design of the Engage Journal has been refreshed and relaunched for Spring 2019 alongside Engage’s new website. To complement the new Journal, Engage wishes to encourage more dialogue between authors and readers, to make more overt links between the Journal themes and topical issues in art and design education. Engage also wishes to build more international membership, placing the Journal as a principal focus of this membership drive.

With these developments in mind, the Journal Editor role is being enlarged to allow capacity for the Editor, with the support of the Engage team, to encourage dialogue on the Engage website and social media channels, and to promote more international membership.

The Engage Journal Editor is a freelance role that involves attendance at two or more Editorial Advisory Board meetings in central London per year, as well as several meetings with the Engage Director and the Communications Officer at the Engage central office in London. For more information about Engage and the Engage Journal please see Appendix 1 & 2 below. To submit an application, please also complete the equal opportunities monitoring form below the role description.

This is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in the production of a highly regarded publication in the field of visual arts education.

Download the full role description and Appendix 1 & 2


Call for proposals — Engage Journal 43

Profession and Practice (working title)

This year Engage marks thirty years advocating for and supporting visual arts and gallery education. Appropriately, this issue celebrates the development of the profession, and pays tribute to key figures that have conceived, developed and analysed gallery education pedagogies and practice. Given the maturity of the sector, it is not surprising that many of these key figures are enjoying retirement, pursuing personal projects or nearing the end of their formal careers; Sue Clive, Felicity Allen, Vivien Lovell, Jenni Lomax, Helen O’Donoghue, Veronica Sekules, Lindsey Fryer, to name a few.

While looking back, this issue also aims to pinpoint work that currently defines gallery education and what motivates people to enter the profession now. This year is a time to take stock of all that has been achieved, and what the sector values in moving into the future.

We are interested in contributions from colleagues in the UK and worldwide that reflect on the development of gallery education policy and practice, highlighting the contribution of key individuals. Proposals should address questions such as:

  • What have been the key developments in gallery education practice in museums and galleries over the last 30 years and who have been the innovators?
  • Gallery education emerged alongside the community arts movement, which strove to effect social change and cultural democracy through the arts. In what ways have gallery educators been able to ‘make a difference’?
  • Who are the key figures that have shaped gallery education, and what are their lasting achievements?
  • What has been the role of leaders in galleries and museums who have supported education and participation?
  • How have path breaking gallery educators supported colleagues coming into the profession?
  • What areas of practice or specific projects are currently inspiring to gallery educators?
  • Citing examples of important gallery educators and others who have developed the field results in a monocultural list. Has the sector succeeded in diversifying the sector workforce to any significant extent?

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please send an informal proposal of no more than 300 words, your job/freelance title and contact details to communications@engage.org by 10am on Monday 3 June 2019.

Contributions may take the format of articles, interviews, collaborative pieces, conversations, photo essays or discussions, and engage welcomes those which take advantage of the Journal’s online format, through the use of sound or video clips, film and html links to digital content. As a guide, final articles lie between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

Issue timeline:

  • Proposals deadline: 10am, Monday 3 June 2019
  • Finished article deadline: 10am, Monday 8 July 2019 (TBC)
  • Engage 43: Profession and Practice (working title)will be published in Autumn 2019

Please download the full outline below, stimulated by a discussion with the Engage Journal Editorial Advisory Board (EAB). Please address or use the issue outline and the above questions as prompts in proposals for articles.

Download the full role description as a PDF


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