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Past events

Celebrate ART 
A group of young artists aged 15-23 have been working at Tramway since March on Celebrate ART, a project for the Year of Young People 2018 to showcase and celebrate the talent and creativity of young people in and through the visual arts. On Saturday 7 July the young artists presented a live visual art performance in Tramway’s main theatre, relating a story created by the group.

Early years learning in galleries
An opportunity to hear about and share practice around how galleries are using a range of approaches to engage early years children, in both family and childcare/nursery settings. The day will be jointly led by Engage Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland learning team.

Accessible Art Practice in Edinburgh
What can people with sight and hearing loss gain from a tailored art project and gallery programme? Hear directly from previous participants about their personal experience of innovative accessible practice taking place across Edinburgh.

Reclaiming monitoring and evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation can be a source of both confusion and contention for organisations, practitioners, and funders or commissioners. At this workshop Hot Chocolate Trust shared their approaches to monitoring and evaluation and suggested that a rethink can make for better work as well as better reports. 

Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary Art Teachers and Art Educators: Artist Rooms

A talk and practical hands-on workshop as part of the learning and engagement programme for the ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery.

Engage Scotland artWALK: Gallery Educators Networking Event
Artist Andrea Geile led a curated walk to the Edinburgh Art Festival’s public commissions programme sited across Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Pausing to hang out in the woods
A curatorial conversation on how disability is understood, represented, reflected and positioned within visual arts programming in Scotland today, with Engage Scotland and Unlimited.

Let’s talk: developing access with visually impaired people
A training seminar to discuss and develop a range of approaches to working with visually impaired people, jointly led by Engage Scotland, Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians and the National Library of Scotland, with sighted and visually impaired artists to share diverse experiences and ways of working.

Engage Scotland Skills Development Workshop - How to become a confident communicator in visual art
A session aimed to develop the skills and confidence of those attending in engaging audiences with visual art.

Engage Scotland Skills Development Workshop - Measuring Social Impact
This one-day workshop provided an overview of two main frameworks for measuring social impact allowing you to identify an approach most suitable for your organisation and its work.

Engage Scotland Exhibition Tour & Discussion - Young People, Co-production & Contemporary Art
An afternoon of reflection and discussion around the issues raised through this project.

Engage Scotland Skills Development Workshop: Storytelling
Using storytelling and drama techniques to engage people with visual art: Turner Prize exhibition 2015

Engage Scotland & MGS Training Course: Working with Communities

A training session to explore the principle and values of meaningful engagement with communities and the possibilities that can emerge when we work collaboratively and harness our collective wisdom.

ARTIST ROOMS & Engage Scotland sharing & networking event: Working with artists to support the delivery of learning programmes
An opportunity to hear about recent learning work in relation to ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions across the UK and look at how artists can support the delivery of learning programmes. 

Some Culture a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away: Discussing Cultural Health
At this event Deveron Arts and Engage Scotland discussed a series of questions around cultural health, including what are the benefits of health practitioners and arts organisations working together to nurture cultural health; as arts organisations how can we nurture cultural health; and should cultural health be clinically recognised alongside physical and mental health by the NHS?

Developing or updating your child protection policy Training on developing or updating organisational child protection policies based on the Creative Scotland/Children in Scotland Creating Safety publication.

Developing learning resources for contemporary art exhibitions
Part of a series of events organised by ARTIST ROOMS in collaboration with Engage with the aim of sharing good practice in gallery education developed through the ARTIST ROOMS series of exhibitions across the UK.

Work of mutual interest: Galleries and artists engaging with audiences
This discussion seminar offered an opportunity to hear about recent projects where galleries had worked with artists to engage with people through off-site programmes.

Gallery Education: Developing Digital Resources
This was the second event organised by ARTIST ROOMS and Engage looking at how digital technologies and platforms are being used within gallery education. This event was hosted in collaboration with the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership and GENERATION.

Engaging hard to reach and vulnerable young people
This training seminar was designed to support participants in their work with young people, particularly those who may be hard to reach or vulnerable.


Exploring equality and diversity in the visual arts and galleries Seminar
This seminar event at Talbot Rice Gallery included several short and informal presentations, discussions and activities.

Engaging teachers with galleries and contemporary art
This seminar at DCA Dundee was aimed at gallery educators, artist-educators and visual arts organisations looking to develop stronger relationships with schools and teachers.

Symposium: Participation, Photography and the Politics of Space
This networking event and symposium was a great opportunity for creative professionals working in the North East of Scotland to meet and share ideas.

ARTIST ROOMS and Engage Scotland Seminar: Galleries and Vocational Learning for Young People
This collaborative seminar focussed on vocational learning projects in galleries.

All Being Equal
Engage Scotland Conference 2012

A Genuine Mystery: Inspiration & Shared Belief in Collaborative Art and Education Contexts
Seminar at Talbot Rice Gallery

Visual Arts and the Curriculum for Excellence Seminar

Where are we? Where are we going?
Disability Equality in Gallery Education Seminar

Working with Schools Seminar

Climate Change and the Visual Arts
Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh

Engaging Audiences in Interpretation
Engage Scotland at the Museums Association Conference 2009

Artists working with Galleries and their Audiences
Engage Scotland Seminar, Dundee

Galleries, Artists and Regeneration
Networking meeting, Glasgow

What do We-Think?
Engage Scotland Conference, Glasgow

Learning Styles in Gallery Education
Seminar, Glasgow

Supporting Young People's Participation in Galleries and the Arts
Seminar, Stirling

Working with Audiences
Engage Scotland Conference, Edinburgh

Evaluating Arts Education Projects 
Workshop, Glasgow

Engaging and equipping front-line gallery staff in interpretation methods and care of audiences
Seminar, Dundee

New engagements
Engage Scotland conference, Glasgow

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