Engage Scotland and Edinburgh College of Art

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


As gallery educators, artists and teachers we know that engaging with contemporary visual art and creativity in schools can support learning and attainment in many ways.
But in the context of the attainment challenge and a justifiable focus on literacy and numeracy are we making our voices heard? If not, why not? And why is this important?
Things are changing and perhaps we need to change our practices too rather than offering the same old learning opportunities for schools and being disappointed when they aren’t taken up.
Who should we work with to take things forward? Where are the new and innovative ways of working? And what should we do next?
This national conference co-hosted by Engage Scotland, the National Association for Gallery Education, and Edinburgh College of Art will provide a national platform for sharing best practice with colleagues and for joining up thinking, identifying problems and determining goals for future models in supporting schools, teachers and pupils to engage with contemporary art.
This conference is aimed at primary and secondary teachers, headteachers, freelance artists, educators, gallery education teams, artists organisations etc.
A pecha kucha style event in the morning will allow best practice from colleagues across the sector to be shared and a facilitated workshop in the afternoon will aim to determine objectives and achievable goals for the future.
Guiding principles for the conference
• Contemporary art raises contemporary issues
• “We insist that the potential of learning through the arts is seen as crucial in helping to change and shape children and young people’s lives”
Visual Arts Sector Manifesto pledge, Engage Scotland, SCAN, SAU, December 2017
Conference themes could develop across two broad areas of discussion:
1. Engaging with contemporary art and the visual arts and gallery sector supports the teaching of art and design in schools through provision of resources, networking and learning opportunities and working with artists.
2. Engaging with contemporary art and the visual arts and gallery sector supports teachers in preparing children for their future lives and careers through nurturing creativity skills across the curriculum.
Period14 Jun 2019
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • pedagogy
  • Learning and Teaching
  • education
  • schools