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Join the Engage Scotland Development Group



The Engage Scotland Development Group (ESDG) operates as a voluntary steering group for the work of Engage in Scotland, influencing programming, supporting the Engage Scotland Coordinator’s role, representing the organisation and offering their experience and skills. 

Traditionally the ESDG has operated with three Area Reps who cover the very broad geographical areas of Glasgow and the West, Edinburgh and the East, and the Highlands and Islands. Area Reps are also members of the Engage Council. In addition to Area Reps the group has up to four voluntary or co-opted members. 

We currently have a vacancy for an Area Rep for Highlands and Islands/member of Engage Council.

This is an opportunity for an experienced visual arts/gallery education professional to be part of a lively group working to raise the profile of gallery education and visual arts Engagement in Scotland.

Current and previous members of the Development Group have enjoyed opportunities to further their own continuing professional development through helping to shape Engage Scotland projects such as the Celebrate ART project and advise on programming of training events and conferences, including this year’s Engage International Conference in Newcastle in November 2019. Group members value the opportunity to visit other gallery venues and to network and share with colleagues within the ESDG.

All travel expenses for attending meetings, including Council meetings in England, are met. We welcome applications from colleagues working in visual arts organisations/galleries and from freelancers and will be able to pay travel expenses and a small fee for freelancers to attend meetings. You are welcome to attend a meeting before deciding to join the group.

As an Area Rep for Engage you will:

  • Attend four ESDG meetings a year — these are usually half-day meetings, often in Edinburgh and Glasgow, occasionally further afield.
  • Provide support for the Engage Scotland Coordinator — usually through regular phone and email contact.
  • Represent Engage and help with the planning of events.
  • Comment and respond to papers as required.
  • Attend Engage Council meetings which take place three times a year, usually in England. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss the organisation’s policies and programmes, as well as hear speakers on agreed topics that are relevant to the sector and gallery education practice.

The benefits of being an Area Rep include:

  • An opportunity to input into the work of Engage
  • Being part of a network of peers involved in gallery education in the UK
  • Attending conferences and events for Engage

The benefits of becoming a Council member include:

  • 20% discount on conferences and training seminars in the UK organised by Engage centrally
  • The opportunity to input into national gallery education policy and strategy
  • Being part of a network of key people involved in gallery education in the UK
  • Advice and guidance on accessing key organisations in the UK and other countries
  • The chance to network with colleagues and form partnerships locally and nationally

Current members of ESDG are:

Area Reps

  • Tracy Morgan, Community Engagement Manager, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh — (Area Rep for Edinburgh and the East)
  • Holly Rumble, Freelance, (Area Rep for Glasgow and the West)

Voluntary Members

  • Lee McCulley, Adult Learning Officer, National Museum of Scotland
  • Janie Nicoll, Freelance artist/arts educator, member of Engage Board
  • Beki Pope, Freelance Consultant
  • Kirin Saeed, Freelance Equalities Consultant

Selection Process

Applications will be subject to the approval of the ESDG and the Engage Board. We aim to create a balanced group reflecting the membership of Engage in Scotland and a diverse mix of skills and experience.

About Engage and Engage Scotland

Engage Scotland is part of Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education,  promoting access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts in the UK and internationally.

Engage Scotland represents the Scottish body of Engage members, responding to training and networking needs within gallery education with a Scottish focus. Engage’s programme in Scotland is developed and managed by a Scotland–based coordinator.

We work in partnership with other organisations in the visual arts sector to enable us to share good practice and learning in gallery/visual arts education more widely.

Engage Scotland’s programme is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Engage is the lead professional association promoting understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts through advocacy, professional development, research and projects and disseminating practice.

Engage has a membership of around 900, including c.270 galleries, museums and arts centres across the UK and in 24 countries internationally. Engage is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, has received Open Project funding from Creative Scotland for its programme 2018-20 in Scotland and receives project funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

Engage provides a platform for education professionals working within galleries, museums, heritage venues, schools and other community venues, to meet and connect through Area Group meetings, Engage events and the Engage website.


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Banff Artist in Residence Emerging | Visual Arts






Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) Emerging is an immersive program of studio practice, creative exploration, and critical feedback and mentorship for visual artists in the early stages of their careers.

BAiR Emerging combines the artistic freedom of a self-directed residency with the supportive benefits of an organized program.  As well as having the space to create, research, and experiment, participants are part of a community of emerging artists committed to developing and expanding their practice. 

What does the program offer?

Over a period of five weeks, participants will have opportunities to hone their individual practice and collaborate with others, present work to their peers, engage in discussion and critique, learn from demonstrations in various visual art production techniques, and further develop the professional skills needed to support and sustain their practice. Artists will benefit from the insight provided by lead and guest faculty through studio visits and lectures, and attend events across campus in various disciplines. 

This program will provide professional development  for emerging artists and open up new possibilities and directions in the production of their work. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer demonstrations, technical support, and provide access to facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, fibre, video, digital technology, and more.

Who should apply?

This residency is for emerging artists who have completed university level training in visual arts (preferably within the last five years), or who have equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.  

Applicants should also hold an active exhibition record of at least two years in length, and show evidence of dedication in their pursuit of an artistic career.

The program is designed for full participation over the entire four week period. Variable dates will not be considered.

Dates: January 06 - February 07, 2020

Application Deadline: September 04, 2019

Fees & Financial Assistance

  • Program Fee (Single Room): $5 252.20+GST
  • Program Fee (Shared Room): $4 272.66+GST
  • Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single Room): $1 252.20+GST*
  • Program Fee with Financial Aid (Shared Room): $272.66 +GST*

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid for this program has been generously supported by the Jarislowsky Foundation.

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Call for applications for the HISK programme




Deadline: June 20, 2019 

The Higher Institute for Fine Arts is a post-graduate institute that combines art residency and individualized support with thorough advanced studies in the arts. The HISK provides young artists from Belgium and abroad with a workspace and pedagogical guidance for a duration of two years.
Visual artists from all countries working with any medium are welcome to apply for the programme. Artist duos are accepted. 

The strength of the HISK is its unique model of cross-fertilisation of visiting lectureships, studio visits, exhibitions, Open Studios, seminars, master classes, public lectures, technical workshops, study trips within Belgium and abroad, etc. that are devised to respond to the artists’ needs. The HISK provides a safe haven for experiment and research with a flexible structure.

Artists who have already obtained a Master degree in Fine Arts or an equivalent qualification are eligible to apply to the HISK. Exceptions can be made for applicants who do not have a Master degree but whose artistic trajectory evidences a high level of development, motivation and artistic affinity. Participants are expected to show a strong commitment to conducting critical research within their respective fields of interest. 

Artists who are interested in theory, scientific research and in future development of a PhD in the arts are also welcome to apply.

The selected artists are expected to fully commit to the programme, be present and participate in the activities offered by the HISK. This interaction is seen as an important forum of exchange and development. 

The HISK offers a two-year, full-time programme, which starts on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2021.

For conditions and more information, visit the HISK website.

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Mendocino Open Paint Out - A Plein Air Festival





Mendocino Art Center’s
September 16-22, 2019

The Mendocino Art Center (MAC) hosts the seventh annual Mendocino Open Paint Out (MOPO), a plein air festival. The Mendocino Coast, located along a beautiful expanse of the Pacific Ocean in northern California, is a spectacular setting for a plein air festival. Artists claim that the quality of light is unlike anywhere else in the world.

From the rugged surrounding landscape, to the bay and beaches, to the quaint Victorian architecture and water towers in the town of Mendocino, to the nearby vineyards and wineries, artists are sure to find abundant creative inspiration. And, you will remember the beauty and tranquility of the Mendocino Coast long after your visit.

Join fellow artists on the picturesque northern California coast for the Mendocino Open Paint Out.

• Compete for more than $9,000 in cash and prizes, including advertisements in Plein Air Magazine and Southwest Art.

• Sell your artwork in daily wet paint exhibitions in a professional gallery space

• Stay on campus, steps from the Pacific Ocean (book early, rooms fill quickly!)

• Meet and mingle with the featured artists at a complimentary pizza party

• Enjoy festive nightly social gatherings at the Mendocino Art Center. Food and beverages available for purchase.

• Watch demonstrations hosted by featured artists

• Compete in the Quick Draw Competition & Sale

• Attend the People's Choice Party and the celebratory reception and awards presentation

• Start each day with a complimentary continental breakfast

• And, of course, paint en plein air daily!

This year's open competition is juried by our featured artists:
John Hewitt, co-founder
Karl Dempwolf
Erin Dertner
Patricia Rose Ford
Chuck Kovacic
Dennis Ziemienski

The Mendocino Open Paint Out is sponsored by:
Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art and John Hewitt


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$195 or $175 for Mendocino Art Center members
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In Situ Art Fair singles out by being the leading Macedonian event to showcase and present a 360° array of novelties in art, design, architecture and the creative industries by fusing the distinctive capacities of the local milieu with those of the global scene.

To date, the only fair has hosted more than 513 individual participants from 40 world countries and above 45 special projects with galleries, academies, and cultural operators from various cultural and artistic scenes.

In Situ Art Fair will take place from 27 – 30 June at the Cultural Center, Skopje – Macedonia.

The call for applications is open until Monday, 20 May 2019, and artists are invited to use the “Early Bird” discount until Thursday, 25 April.

The call is open for everyone from everywhere. There are no pre-qualifications in terms of gender, nationality, geo-location, academic background or field of work.



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35 - 100 EUR
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AAF Art Fair Hamburg 2019





AAF | AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HAMBURG is a contemporary art fair to discover new emerging talents and to consolidate medium-career artists. The fair, in fact, wants to be a moment of meeting, exchange, research and sharing  of the latest trends in contemporary art, in a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere, with works that express the culture of distant countries. We are pleased to welcome living artists.


– Presence of our staff on site during the days and hours of the Fair
– Information service and sales for third parties in English language
– Exhibition stand of various sizes and 2.75 m high white walls
– Set-up forniture (Lighting, hanging system,ect)
– Supplies(tables, chairs, pedestals)
– Labels works with captions and price
– Stand signage (two board)
– Name of gallery and link website to on affordableartfair/hamburg
– Web Page with list artists on primopianogallery/aafhamburg
– Exhibition Listing in printed Fair Guide
– 24-hour on site security
– Wrapping station (for work sold to clients only)
– Set up and dismantling
– Warehouse-deposit for packages arriving / returning
– Packaging / unpacking material (tape, label etc)
– Press Office pre and post-event with press kit review
– Direct / indirect marketing adversting
– Photographic report
– Paper catalog and PDF catalog
– Critical reviews catalogs and translations in Italian and English
– Help and Support inbound and return shipments

Are you interested to join with us at AFFORDABLE ART FAIR in Hamburg (Germany)?

The fair is scheduled on November 2019 from 13th to 17th (5 days no-stop). For this interesting opportunity abroad – not open to individual artists – we intend booking a large stand that hosts a group of selected and innovative artists with works of painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media, photographs, to exhibit with Italian Artists. Our team will be on site for the duration of the event, offering its services for info and purchases. Furthermore, to be sure that all the selected works have the opportunity to be sold, we offer the inclusion in our online stores, to be booked / purchased even after the fair. If interested, see write us back at


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