Category Archives: Research and Strategy

What Is Creativity? – CPD

National Galleries of Scotland

Tuesday 24 Feb 4.30pm – 6pm OR Saturday 7 March 11am – 12.30pm

Target audience:  teachers and artist educators of all subjects and stages welcome

What do we really mean by ‘creativity’? How can we encourage learners to develop their creativity skills, through different subject areas across the curriculum?

Delivered in partnership by Arts & Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Venue: Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

To book contact  0131 624 6547


Funding in Scotland – Search Engine

SCVO launches free new funding search tool

Funding Scotland, a free new online search tool has been launched to help Scottish charities, community groups and social enterprises access funding.

 start searching now –

Created by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the new online search engine will help people find out about over 800 funds that provide support to Scottish projects. It includes grants, loans, prizes and other sources of funding support.

The Emporium of Dangerous Ideas Launch 2015


Tuesday 09 June 2015 (1000-1230)

Govanhill Baths, Glasgow 


 View Programme and Book Online

This year’s Launch of the Emporium aims to explore the ideas around ’emancipatory education’. In a 21st century context who is set free? An aquarium style event, hosted by Team Academy with Dr. Colin Jones, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Tasmania, Cherry Hopton, Course Leader from Dundee and Angus College and The Real David Cameron, Agent Provocateur of the Education World.

Will they be swimming with or against the tide of current thinking around education policy and practice?

Join them and other swimmers for this unique and thought provoking launch.

Creative Conversations in Edinburgh – Wednesday 26th November

As well as the ‘big’ Creative Conversations Edinburgh City Council are also planning a number of Creative Conversations that take as the stimulus for conversation, a piece of creative work. We first tried this in February with a drama performance by award winning children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels. Not just drama teachers but many people from different backgrounds attended. The animated conversation that followed was testimony to the potential for art to influence learning across all curriculum areas. The feedback was excellent.

Date for your diary:

The next of this type of Creative Conversation is on Wednesday 26th November starting with coffee at 4pm for 4.30 with wine and nibbles at around 5.30. The stimulus for discussion is The Heavenly View which is a dance piece first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe this year and based upon Mahler’s 4th Symphony. The choreography was inspired by the voices and ideas of children in Edinburgh primary schools: Canal View, Hillwood, Ratho and Gylemuir. The approach was unconventional in that the starting point was the learners’ ideas, from which the piece was choreographed. Responses to the work will be shared from the primary schools including poetry and visual art as well as the chance to explore the interdisciplinary and creative learning opportunities arising experiences from an arts stimulus.

The costume designs by Edinburgh College of Art 2014 graduates, Emily Beaney and Kate Hamilton, also took their inspiration from the pupils ideas. The dancers include current and alumni students from the MSc Dance Science and Education and the Advanced Training Programme at Morningside Dance Academy.

Please get back to directly if you would like to attend and she’ll send full venue details and confirmation of your place.

Creative Conversations are for Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian and we are happy for non-Edinburgh/Lothian folk to come if we have space.

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life – exclusive talk by Alice Rawsthorn OBE

Hello Dundee, Hello World

6-7 pm, 28 October 2014, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

With design at our finger tips, and more affordable than ever, it is an inescapable element of our lives. In a world of Instagram, 3-D printing and driver-less cars, design is at the core of everything we do.

Alice Rawsthorn OBE, the internationally renowned design commentator and author of the critically acclaimed book, Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, is set to visit Dundee on 28 October for an exclusive talk exploring design’s impact on our lives.  This is the third in a series of joint events hosted by V&A Dundee and Design in Action – the Arts & Humanities Research Council knowledge exchange hub based at the University of Dundee.  The series of free events aims to enhance the reputation, status and understanding of contemporary design in Scotland and underline its potential for economic growth.

Tickets to this event are free but booking is strongly advised online through the following link:

Continued Professional Development – National Galleries of Scotland

We can provide exciting and stimulating Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for whole schools, departments, art forums and cluster groups.

These sessions cover a range of topics, such as:

•how art can support and extend the Curriculum for Excellence

•increasing teachers’ confidence in using object-based learning in the Galleries and the classroom

•developing teachers’ skills in looking at art

•using works of art in the classroom creatively

•practical experience in different art techniques

Above sessions can be booked for a half day or full day. We also offer specialist hands-on workshops for Secondary Art Teachers and Primary Art Specialists.

Free place available for both September events. Email to book your place!