Call for proposals – Engage Journal 43 | Profession and Practice

This year Engage marks thirty years advocating for and supporting visual arts and gallery education. Appropriately, this issue celebrates the development of the profession, and pays tribute to key figures that have conceived, developed and analysed gallery education pedagogies and practice.

n the editorial for issue 35 of the Journal, which marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Engage, Karen Raney described the context and conditions for the emergence of ‘gallery education’. The community arts movement and investment in cultural organisations for example, were crucial, but it was the vision and personal world-view of individuals that enabled the distinct practices to grow. These individuals included artists, art historians, curators, educators and academics “interested in the liberatory and inclusive agenda of community arts, de-schooling or feminism found their way into museum and gallery education … As gallery education is not statutory or regulated, and has no age progression, it was, and continues to be, seen as a site where greater educational freedom and experimentation can take place”.

Engage interested in contributions from colleagues in the UK and worldwide that reflect on the development of gallery education policy and practice, highlighting the contribution of key individuals. Proposals should address questions such as:

  • What have been the key developments in gallery education practice in museums and galleries over the last 30 years and who have been the innovators?
  • Gallery education emerged alongside the community arts movement, which strove to effect social change and cultural democracy through the arts. In what ways have gallery educators been able to ‘make a difference’?
  • Who are the key figures that have shaped gallery education, and what are their lasting achievements?
  • What has been the role of leaders in galleries and museums who have supported education and participation?
  • How have path breaking gallery educators supported colleagues coming into the profession?
  • What areas of practice or specific projects are currently inspiring to gallery educators?
  • Citing examples of important gallery educators and others who have developed the field results in a monocultural list. Has the sector succeeded in diversifying the sector workforce to any significant extent?

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please send an informal proposal of no more than 300 words, your job/freelance title and contact details to communications@engage.org by 10am on Monday 24 June 2019.

More information here: https://engage.org/happenings/call-for-proposals-engage-journal-43/