2017 Engage International Conference – Early bird tickets & bursaries available

The 2017 Engage International Conference
The Whole Picture: Rethinking diversity
29 – 30 November (plus fringe events to be announced)
Hull City Hall and venues around Hull

Early bird tickets and bursaries are available for this year’s Engage International Conference, which aims to rethink the conversation surrounding equality, diversity and access.

Posted: 10/03/2022

The visual arts can act as a catalyst for change. Arts educators, artists, makers and teachers are often under pressure to simply deliver, but could benefit from time to reflect on their practice. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ toolkit to address the myriad issues surrounding race, ethnicity, identity, disability, gender and sexuality; these issues are individual and complex.

This conference will give delegates the opportunity to explore what they do and why they do it, moving beyond box-ticking exercises, being realistic and getting to the heart of often thorny, and sometimes controversial issues.

Conference Tickets
Click here to book your place and take advantage of reduced rates, available only until 25 September:

 Engage personal member: £145* / £165

 Engage organisational member: £250* / £285

 Non-member: £360* / £410 (includes complimentary membership)

Tickets include lunch and refreshments on both days. Engage membership starts from only £3.75 per month, visit for further information
*If booked by 5pm on Monday 25 September

Conference Bursaries
Engage are delighted to offer a number of bursaries for this year’s conference. We 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. Priority will be given to those who may otherwise be unable to attend and those who have not received a bursary from Engage before.

4 supported places* at £70, available for colleagues otherwise be unable to attend. Open to anyone in UK or overseas (other than Scotland). Applicants do not have to be members of Engage.

2 freelance artist bursaries* including a free conference ticket and £100 towards travel/accommodation. Open to Engage personal members who identify as freelance artists or artist educators, based in the UK (other than Scotland) and overseas. *These bursaries are funded by Engage

 4 Engage Scotland bursaries** including a free conference ticket and up to £110 towards travel/accommodation. Open to anyone working in Scottish-based visual arts organisations. Applicants do not have to be members of Engage. Freelancers may apply but will need to show that attending the conference will have a clear public benefit through their work. **Engage Scotland bursary places are funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. No further funding from other Creative Scotland funding programmes is available to attend the Engage International Conference.  

 Up to 15 Square Peg bursaries including a free conference ticket for people in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire (freelance or salaried) working in the arts or disability, and Disability Arts Network members. Square Peg is Artlink’s disability and diversity arts programme for Hull 2017.

Apply by sending the following to the Engage Operations Manager at by 5pm on 13 October 2017:

A current CV (max 4 sides A4)

A letter or email (max 1 side A4) explaining why the Engage conference is of interest to you, how attending would benefit your professional development and why a bursary would support your attendance

Please make sure you mark clearly in your email and application which bursary you are applying for. Applicants may not apply for more than one bursary. Unsuccessful applicants will be offered the special Early Bird conference rate after 13 October, as long as they book by 31 October. Bursary recipients will be expected to attend the whole conference and write a short feedback report which will be published on the Engage website. Please note unsuccessful applicants will be offered Early Bird rates subsequent to the deadline. For more information visit

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