The Engage Conference 2019, Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people, will take place on 5–6 November 2019 at Northumbria University, Newcastle and Gateshead.

The conference will examine the benefits and challenges of young people’s access to the arts, exploring best practice, partnerships and policies from the sector. 

Five bursary-funded places are available for representatives of Scotland-based visual arts organisations to attend the Engage Conference 2019.

Bursary funding will pay for the Conference ticket and will also offer up to £140 towards travel/accommodation. Organisations wishing to apply must have a commitment to a contemporary visual arts programme and developing audiences.

Applicants do not need to be current members of Engage. Freelancers may apply but will need to show that attending the conference will have a clear public benefit through their work. 

Priority will be given to those who may otherwise be unable to attend, and those who have not received a bursary from Engage before. They particularly welcome applications for bursaries from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates as they are currently under-represented amongst delegates to Engage conference.

Bursary recipients will be expected to attend the whole Conference and write a short feedback report which will be published on the Engage Scotland website.

How to apply 
To be considered, please send an email to Sarah Yearsley, Engage Scotland Coordinator on email: [email protected] org by 10am on Monday 23 September 2019, with the following details: 

  • Your name, organisation name and job title
  • A short paragraph stating why you are interested in this opportunity and how it fits with your wider programme
  • Details of where other funding for you to attend the Conference will come from; you or your organisation will be expected to cover any additional expense
  • Your current CV 

Please note unsuccessful applicants will be offered Early Bird rates subsequent to the deadline. 

Engage Scotland Bursary Places are funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. No further funding from other Creative Scotland funding programmes or from the Mandate funding programme operated by SCAN and Engage Scotland is available to attend the Engage International Conference.