Next week, the 2014 engage International Conference will be landing in Leeds, to bring together some of the most exciting practitioners and artists from within the gallery education sector.
Delegates will be exploring the broad and inspiring theme of innovation in education and learning in galleries, museums and the visual arts.
The programme will consider gallery education, examining where practice has been innovative in the past, in the present, and how it can continue to innovate in the future.
There will be a particular focus on the potential of digital technologies to encourage new ways of engaging with art and ideas, and discussion about the importance of innovation and education across different art forms.
During the two day event, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Learning and Participation Officer, Tom Goddard, and Learning Assistant, Dan McCabe, will be hosting a practical session – demonstrating how to produce an animated Gif using works from the Gallery’s collection.
Tom and Dan have been using the technique as part of the Gallery’s ‘Young Art Force’ project, inspiring young people aged 14 -25 in to connect with the arts through taking part in creative art activities.
The ‘Young Art Force’ project, which began in April 2014, is part of engage Cymru’s Momentum programme to help to help young people to achieve their bronze Arts Award.
The Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification to support young people to develop their creativity, leadership and communication skills enabling them to progress into further education and employment.
The Glynn Vivian team, alongside artist Anna Barratt, were applauded by Arts Award for how they challenged young people’s perspectives, by providing them with an excellent quality and range of experiences and opportunities to learn.
The engage conference takes place on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 November. To find out more, visit the engage website www.engage.org/conference2014 or follow engage on Twitter @engagevisualart #engconf14.