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The future of gallery and visual arts education

24 March 2020 until 26 March 2020

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Join Engage and Engage Scotland at this intensive professional development event for mid-career and senior gallery and visual arts educators, hosted by Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), V&A Dundee and Hospitalfield, Arbroath

Take time out to share and reflect on current gallery and arts education practice and research with colleagues from across the UK and beyond. Attendees are invited to present or run an activity or workshop for their peers at DCA or V&A Dundee. There will be visits to Hospitalfield, Arbroath, and to other visual arts venues in Dundee.

This is a timely moment to reflect on the future of gallery and visual arts education. Engage was founded thirty years ago, while DCA and its learning programme celebrate twenty years of practice this year. Conversely, V&A Dundee is a new venture but based on a rich lineage of education work at a wide variety of museums and galleries across the UK. It is particularly appropriate to be holding this event in Dundee, a city which has embraced cultural regeneration over the past few years.
We invite colleagues to reflect on what the future of gallery and visual arts education could look like in the next three decades in the UK and internationally. Art and design education are under pressure across the UK, as are resources for artists and arts and cultural organisations for education and participatory activity. Beyond this, the world faces huge environmental, social and financial challenges.

As practitioners, we often rush from one project to the next. Engage’s peer learning event is a fantastic opportunity to take the long view, to think about how your own work and that of your organisation can have an impact.

We will discuss whether there is an activist role for gallery and visual arts education to take in tackling global issues. Can the lack of cultural democracy be challenged? How can visual arts organisations embrace greater artistic diversity and a workforce that better reflects the communities they serve?

The programme will also include presentations from the following speakers:

• Sarah Derrick, Head of Learning, DCA
• Joanna Mawdsley, Head of Learning, V&A Dundee
• Lucy Byatt, Director, Hospitalfield, Arbroath

Dates, times and locations

• Day 1: Tuesday 24 March, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Venue: DCA
• Day 2: Wednesday 25 March, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Venue: V&A Dundee
• Day 3: Thursday 26 March, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Venue: Hospitalfield, Arbroath

Days 1 and 2 will include afternoon visits to the McManus Gallery and Cooper Gallery. Full programme to be announced.

Costs to attend

• Engage Personal Members: £150
• Engage Organisational Members: £250
• Non-Members: £100

The attendance fee covers all entry costs, speakers, light refreshments and lunches on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 March 2020. It does not include accommodation, travel around Dundee and to and around Arbroath, drinks and dinner. There will be opportunities for participants to have dinner together on Tuesday 24 March, but the cost of this is not covered by Engage.

To apply for the Peer Learning event, please fill out and submit this form.

Supported places

Engage is pleased to offer two subsidised places for individuals to attend this event, at a cost of £100 per place. No expenses will be included.

Please note that applicants for these places must be members of Engage. Applications for supported places may be made via the booking form. Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not by Wednesday 12 February 2020.


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