Teaching Children about Racial Justice


Preliminary Curatorial Statement:

Racial justice entails more than simply self-identifying as being “anti-racism.” Achieving true racial justice requires numerous resources, one of the most important ones being time. Hate crime and racism often stem from a lack of education. Therefore, racial equity education is one of the most imperative solutions in the fight for racial equality. 

Racial equality is defined as the fundamental impartial treatment of individuals of all races, resulting in equal access and opportunities for everyone. Racial justice is the elimination of inequity and discrimination to attain and preserve racial equity through preventive actions. Clear, direct ideas regarding racial justice need to be conveyed to children so as to encourage them to take the initiative in the path toward racial equality. Through this honest communication, we are all motivated and empowered to make positive changes in ourselves, our communities, and our societies for the development of children and young adults. This exhibition makes future generations engage in social justice for real change. The art presented aims to create diverse and grounded discourse regarding racial equity as a direct response to a rapidly changing art world and as a way to navigate, foster, and cultivate conversations with the public. 

It is vital to have important, open dialogues regarding race with children and to know how to best communicate those messages in a manner that is able to be understood by young minds. It is crucial to validate children’s experiences, such as how simply existing in the world as anything other than “white” may lead them to experience less safety. Adults need to instill in children the value and beauty that every individual has, despite others’ unawareness of it. Warnings of what they may encounter should be honestly given to children, consistently paired with reassurances of their self-worth. 


Gallery A: Gallery A addresses the concern of injustices and inequality through artworks that allow audiences to gain an understanding of racial equity. In addition, the works expand that reality to recognize Asian hate and racism through deeper visual and emotional connections with children, their families, and our community. 

Gallery B: Gallery B fosters conversations with children, their families, and our community through new media artwork. The artworks in Gallery B expand network moments with people and enable social justice for real change. The art also works to develop a deeper, moving connection with people. Through building relationships and strengthening networks, this exhibition’s connection to people fosters broader opportunities for racial justice and public engagement against inequity. 


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he Open Call for Workshop projects proposal for SESAM 2020 Poliklinika is now open. 

The Event

The event will bring together student and graduate urbanists, architects, artists and creatives in a series of workshops investigating inspired by the urban condition of Slavutych in Ukraine.

The concept for SESAM 2020 POLIKLINIKA, is focusing on healthcare, and its relation to architecture at the physical, methodological, and metaphorical levels. The theme aims to question the methods used in architectural practice to diagnose and prognose a ‘problem’. We propose three anatomic planes through which healthcare -maintenance or improvement of health-, can be addressed during Poliklinika through workshops and other discursive exchanges: prophylaxis, diagnosis and therapy.


Please find attached our Tutor Information Pack with more details about participation terms, conditions, locations and the local context. The file is publicly available for download here:


Anyone studying or working in the field of architecture, or any other area of expertise closely related to spatial practices, anywhere in the World, can apply


The event will take place in Slavutych (Ukraine), a city built in only 6 months to relocate population after the Chernobyl disaster. The workshops will take place in the central Polyclinic currently in disuse.


SESAM 2020 Poliklinika, which will take place between 28th May and 7th June 2020

Please do not hesitate to contact us via email ( should you require further information.

Best Regards,

Alexandra Polyakova

EASA Ukraine


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Permaculture in the Classroom

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This residency is designed for art educators interested in incorporating the ideas and ethics of permaculture into their classrooms. Within the setting of an active permaculture farm, participants will collaborate to develop a pedagogy rooted in the three tenets of permaculture: care of the earth, care of the people, and return of surpluses to the earth and people. Hands on workshops will introduce participants to the practical aspects of permaculture, which they will then use to develop cross-curricular lessons that are based on the practice of permaculture. Each participant will leave the residency with the resources and confidence to re-imagine permaculture within a diverse range of educational environments. 

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Exhibition in the annual ACRAR show.


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Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award, Artist Commission 2020 to be hosted by The Tetley, Leeds


Engage and the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award are delighted to announce that the 2020 Artist Commission will be hosted by The Tetley, Leeds.

The Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award (ARMA) 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. The Award in 2020 focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has been working with ARMA on the programme since 2012.

In 2018 the Award was hosted by The Turnpike, Leigh. Artist Lindsey Mendick worked with local young people and invited contemporary artists to form The Turnpike Pottery: an artists’ collaborative working in clay. The project culminated in an exhibition held at The Turnpike in September 2018.

In 2016, Alison Carlier’s commission entitled ‘Flourish’ was unveiled at Aspex, Portsmouth and commemorated the gallery’s ten years in the historic Vulcan Building. In 2015, the commission by Anne Harild, entitled ‘We Approach’, was unveiled at Bluecoat, Liverpool. In 2014 New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester worked with Maria Zahle on ‘Sails and Dogs’, a residency and commission that explored physical play, while Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s research into Middlesbrough’s industrial past resulted in the launch of ‘HA[SOFT]RD’ at mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in 2013.

The successful artist(s) will work with The Tetley and a partner organisation between May and September to deliver a participatory project with young people. As an outcome of the project, the artist will realise an exhibition, performance or other form of public engagement in the Shirley Cooper Gallery, one of the main gallery spaces at The Tetley in summer 2020.

Helen Watson, Director (maternity cover) of The Tetley, said: “The Tetley are thrilled to have been awarded the prestigious Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award. The Artist Commission comes at a pivotal time for The Tetley as it places children and young people at the forefront of its participation programme. The Commission will be co-produced, bringing together children and young people with a contemporary artist to create an exhibition driven by their interests, whilst responding to relevant issues surrounding Mental Health.”       

Veronica Reinhardt, Trustee of the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust, said: “ARMA are delighted to be working with The Tetley to offer a unique opportunity to vulnerable young people. With the support of a contemporary artist/s they will be exploring their thoughts and ideas on mental health through art. At the end of the project, they will then be able to share their work with a larger audience in a major exhibition at the gallery. ARMA hopes the project will continue to demonstrate how small projects can have profound effects on all participants, particularly when curatorial and education departments work closely together.”

Jane Sillis, Director of Engage, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Tetley on ARMA 2020, which focuses next year on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The Tetley’s proposal supports young people to engage with an artist and their work and will shine a light on The Tetley’s excellent participation and education programmes. Engage is privileged to have been working with the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust on the delivery of ARMA since 2012.

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Reminder: Nominations for Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019 close 9 September

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Nominations for Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019 close 9 September

Receiving the Marsh Award for Excellence in Gallery Education has been the highlight of my career so far. It has given me the confidence and the ability to say that I am at the forefront of gallery education and that can programme and deliver excellence!
— Marsh Award 2018 Winner

Do you know someone doing excellent and inspirational work in gallery or visual art education and learning?

Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce that nominations are open for the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2019. The Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working in learning and education within gallery or visual arts contexts (freelance, salaried or as volunteers) in the UK and internationally, grant winners £500 to spend on their professional development.

This year Engage and the Marsh Christian Trust are launching a new annual Award to celebrate the lifetime achievement of a colleague who is working, or who has worked in learning or education in or for galleries or visual arts organisations in the UK. The winner will receive £500 to spend as they would like.

Nominations Deadline: Monday 9 September 2019, 10:00 am


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Engage Trustees



Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, is seeking new trustees to join our established and dedicated Board in November 2019. The Board, which currently has 15 members, meets quarterly.

We are interested in applications from individuals (including practising artists) with knowledge and expertise in visual arts education and gallery education. In particular, we are seeking applications from colleagues based in Wales, Scotland or one of the regions of England (outside of London).

About Engage

Engage is the lead professional association in the field of gallery education, with about 900 members in the UK and abroad. A registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, Engage is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and receives funding from Creative Scotland, the Arts Council of Wales and from a number of trusts and foundations.

Engage is the lead advocacy and training network for gallery education.

We support arts educators, organisations and artists to work together with communities in dynamic, open exchanges that give everyone the opportunity to learn and benefit from the arts.

  • Values
  • Community
  • Leadership
  • Inclusiveness

Engage currently works across four main strands:

  • Advocacy – making the case to stakeholders and funders for the role of gallery education and the resources needed to deliver it;
  • Dissemination – sharing gallery education practice with and beyond the visual arts and education sectors in the UK and internationally;
  • Professional development – support for gallery education professionals and for colleagues in related areas at all levels of experience;
  • Research and activities – supporting the development of innovative gallery education practice through work with galleries and visual arts venues across the UK and internationally.

The roles and responsibilities of the Engage Board

The role of the Engage Board is to:

  • Ensure Engage functions within the legal and financial requirements of a company and charitable organisation;
  • Be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Engage;
  • Determine policy;
  • Agree on the annual budget and decide on any major resource issues;
  • Approve the annual accounts;
  • Appoint senior staff;
  • Carry out the appraisal of senior staff;
  • Monitor performance against agreed objectives and targets;
  • Represent and promote Engage externally;
  • Assist in fundraising from the public and private sectors;
  • Observe the Memorandum and Articles of Association (Engage’s regulatory governing documents).

The Board includes members with special responsibilities and roles, the key roles being Chair, Vice-chairs, and Treasurer.

Trustee Role Description

The statutory duties of each Engage trustee are to:

  • Ensure that Engage complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations;
  • Ensure that Engage pursues its objects as defined in its governing document;
  • Ensure that Engage applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives;
  • Contribute actively to the Board’s role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets;
  • Safeguard Engage’s good name and values;
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of Engage;
  • Ensure the financial stability of Engage;
  • Protect and manage the property of Engage and ensure the proper investment of its funds;
  • Appoint the Director and monitor their performance.

In addition to the above statutory duties, each board member should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board reach sound decisions.

This may involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers;
  • Leading discussions affecting Engage and the sector;
  • Focusing on key issues;
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives;
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Trustee Specification

  • A commitment to Engage and its work;
  • Willingness to devote time and expertise;
  • Experience of developing a strategic vision;
  • Good, independent judgement;
  • The ability to think creatively and share ideas;
  • Willingness to speak their mind;
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship;
  • The ability to respect confidences;
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team;
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for Engage;
  • Adherence to the Nolan Committee’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

This is a voluntary position and is not remunerated however travel and when necessary accommodation expenses may be paid.

Terms of Appointment

Engage Trustees are appointed for a three-year period. A maximum of two terms of three years can be served. 

This is a voluntary position and is not remunerated. However, travel and when necessary accommodation expenses may be paid.

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