One Month to go to the 2014 engage International Conference in Leeds

This November the 2014 engage International Conference will take place in Leeds, with an exciting line up of speakers, useful breakout sessions and outstanding fringe events that will explore the theme of innovation in the context of education and learning in galleries, museums and the visual arts.

The conference is being held in Leeds on 10th and 11th November, with fringe events across Yorkshire on the 10th, 11th and 12th.

Hear from key opinion makers including...

  • Paula le Dieu, Digital Director at Mozilla Foundation and Rob Ashelford, who develops NESTA’s Digital R&D Fund for the arts in Wales, will look just over the horizon and consider what we should be planning for and getting excited about the future.
  • Tamsin Omond, climate change activist and founder of The Future, who will discuss the importance of collaboration in thinking and acting in new ways, as though the world were different.
  • Ben Eaton, digital artist and member of Leeds-based Invisible Flock who will support all delegates to crowd-source a snapshot of current thinking in gallery education
  • Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer at Royal Shakespeare Company, who will examine how audiences and participation can completely change when a performance unfolds across social media.
  • Bill Drummond, whose art and actions range from the music of multi-million selling KLF to the choir of The17, and will join the final panel session exploring the near future of art and innovation

Enjoy practical breakout sessions...

Eight dynamic breakout sessions will take place in venues across Leeds, allowing delegates to delve deeper into the Conference theme of Innovation and Gallery Education.

Sessions will include helpful workshops on how to commission a digital app from Alex Fleetwood, a beginners guide to making gifs from Tom Goddard, and advice on how to encourage greater innovation and risk-taking at leadership level from Rohan Gunatillake. Contribute to Emma Smith and Laurence White’s 5Hz project, exploring the evolution of language, and hear from Wieke Eringa and Nick Ellwood on how digital co-production in any artform can advance audience engagement and artistic development and learning.

Explore visual arts and culture in Leeds and across Yorkshire...

The popular engage Conference Fringe returns with sixteen partners in 2014, including Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds Art Gallery, The Tetley, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, York Museums Trust, Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, CapeUK, Pavilion, Site Gallery, Sensation Arts, University of Leeds, Leeds College of Art, The Art House, Mexico Projects and The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery.

To book your place, visit the engage website at www.engage.org/conference2014 to download a booking form, or contact the engage team on 0044 (0)20 7729 5858.