Engage champions diverse engagement practice; runs ground-breaking projects and programmes; promotes learning through artworks, artists, museums and galleries and above all encourages everyone to get involved in the arts.

Our research programmes provide valuable evidence for advocacy, broaden visual arts engagement practice, and inspire professionals to gain support and funding for their own projects.

  • New Routes

    A UK- wide training and placement programme for young people aged 16-21 to develop sustainable careers in the arts by offering them placements and vocational training.
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    Let's Create Art

    Let’s Create Art is a campaign led by Engage to shine a light on the role that visual arts can play in helping communities to respond to current social, health and environmental challenges.
  • Art Encounters

    Art Encounters is a peer-learning environment that develops expertise in experimental and reflective participatory art delivery with children and young people and seeks to create opportunities to learn, share and platform the practice of colleagues in Levelling Up for Culture Places through high profile sharing events and media.
  • Image : Alison Carlier, Flourish, 2013.


    The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) (2012–) was established in memory of the artist Alexandra Reinhardt and is supported by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust. The annual award, worth £15,000, funds an artist or artists to conceive and deliver a project which engages children and young people.
  • MaxLiteracy

    MaxLiteracy (2014–) is a programme developed by Engage and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) to enable galleries, art museums and visual arts venues to support a dedicated programme of creative writing and literacy work with schools. Funded by the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust.
  • Marsh Awards

    The Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education were launched in 2011 as a way to recognise those working in Gallery Education who have shown dedication or innovation in their work.
  • Extend Leadership Programme

    Led by Engage, the Extend Leadership Programme (2011–) is a professional development programme open to applicants working in learning and education roles, across all art forms. The programme is tailored to enable colleagues to achieve a greater degree of leadership in their future careers.
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    Sharing Practice

    A growing collection of project reports and case studies (2018–) from Engage members showcasing the variety of practice that exists within gallery and visual arts education.
  • Gathering Momentum

    Gathering Momentum was a two-day programme of inspiration, ideas and imagination, co-created by 6 young producers from across the UK in 2023. The event showcased innovative practice and thought within participatory arts, with discussion, presentations and workshops.
  • Celebrate ART

    Celebrate ART (2018) was a collaborative project developed by four partner organisations for the Year of Young People to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts.
  • Children's Art Week

    Children's Art Week was an annual UK-wide programme that gave children and young people the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of art activities online, at home and in schools.
  • Generation ART

    Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour (2015–16) was an exhibition of children and young people’s artwork with associated learning programmes, supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Helen Jean Cope Charity.
  • Image : Momentum project with Oriel Myrddin. Image by Angharad Pearce Jones.


    Momentum (2014–15) was Engage Cymru's successor programme to Reach the Heights. In partnership with Communities First, the programme delivered a range of innovative creative interventions with hard to reach or NEET young people.
  • Letting in the Light

    Letting int the Light (2017) was a 12-week intensive animation project in partnership with Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Gallery, Pen y Dre High School and artist animator Gerald Conn to mark the Contemporary Art Society for Wales’ 80th anniversary.
  • Arts and health

    Engage Cymru's award-winning projects (2012–13) in the visual arts and health.
  • Everyone

    Everyone (2010–12) was an Engage Scotland project supporting the development of access and disability equality in visual arts venues.
  • Engaging with older people

    Engage Cymru action research projects (2009–12), working in partnership with galleries, artists, care homes and older people.
  • Visual Roots

    Visual Roots (2008–10) was an initiative developed by engage which took a fresh approach to the development of youth participation and skills development in the visual arts.
  • Explore

    Explore (2007–09) was a project to improve access to galleries by disabled and deaf people in England and Wales, run in partnership with Shape.
  • Interpretations

    Interpretations (2007–08) was an action research project investigating the role of interpretation in breaking down barriers to access to contemporary visual art in four art galleries in Scotland.
  • Foundation Phase

    Foundation Phase (2005–09) was an action research programme organised by Engage Cymru investigating the ways artists, galleries and early years practitioners could support development during the Foundation Phase.
  • enquire

    enquire (2004–11) supported projects with children and young people across England and associated research into the learning benefits to participants of engaging with contemporary art, galleries and artists.
  • Image : Peckham Park Primary School at the South London

    Watch this Space

    Watch this Space (2004–11) was a funded professional development programme for galleries, teachers, artists and gallery educators in England.
  • envision

    envision (2002–08) was a pioneering programme supporting galleries to develop innovative ways of working together with young people aged 14–21.