engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, has announced that it has been awarded funding through Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme.
Launched in 2011, Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places that rely on touring for much of their arts provision.
engage is the lead membership organisation for gallery and visual art education professionals in the UK and over 20 countries worldwide. engage supports its 900 members in four areas of work – advocacy, activities and research, continuing professional development and dissemination. engage’s strategic touring grant of £179,815 will fund Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour, a touring exhibition with associated engagement and audience development elements in 2015/16.
Generation ART will deliver artwork by children and young people selected through open submission, as well as work by established artists, and will be hosted by venues in the Midlands, South East and South West: New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts, Leicester; Turner Contemporary, Margate; and Quay Arts, on the Isle of Wight. Focusing on areas of low cultural engagement as well as those lacking quality visual arts touring provision, Generation ART will enable children and young people to exhibit their artwork and to curate and promote the exhibitions themselves.
The programme will enable colleagues from host venues to share expertise and receive training, thereby building capacity in the sector and permitting more venues to host touring work, with the experience and expertise to engage with new audiences. A partnership approach will ensure that the legacies of the exhibitions are built upon through local and regional strategies, and learning will be shared through the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), The Mighty Creatives and Artswork bridge organisations and engage. Selected material from the submission will be available digitally and will form a resource for teachers, artists and arts organisations.
Director of engage Jane Sillis said, “engage is delighted to secure the support of Arts Council England for this new initiative which we have developed with colleagues at Turner Contemporary, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Soft Touch Arts, Quay Arts, The Mighty Creatives, Artwork and CVAN. By profiling high quality artwork by children and young people, Generation ART will raise the aspirations of schools, children and young people to create excellent artwork, and underline engage’s core mission: to promote access to, enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts through gallery, museum and arts education.”
Further information about Generation ART will be added to the engage website in the New Year