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Learning By Design - Peer learning and professional development for gallery and visual arts educators

Take time out to share and reflect on current gallery and arts education practice and research with colleagues from across the UK and beyond. Find out about new developments in design and craft education from hosts: the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum, and the Crafts Council.

Run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, this is a great opportunity for colleagues to work together over three intensive days to reflect on their practice, review recent research, and learn about UK and international contexts and network. Participants of Learning by Design are invited to present or run an activity or workshop for their peers. Attendees may also choose to participate and not present. 

The programme will also include presentations from the following speakers:

Rebecca English Programme Manager for Schools, Victoria and Albert Museum
Bernard Hay Producer of Adult Learning, Design Museum
Zoe Dennington Learning and Participation Manager, Crafts Council
Jo Haywood Making Your Future Project Manager, Crafts Council
Rosie Mitchell Young Peoples Producer, Crafts Council

Dates, times and locations (full timetable will be announced soon):

Monday 4 March, 10.30am – 6 pm: Victoria and Albert Museum.
Tuesday 5 March, 10.30am – 6 pm: Design Museum.
Wednesday 6 March, 10am – 3pm: Crafts Council.
Costs to attend:

Engage Personal Members: £125
Engage Organisational Members: £200
Non-Members: £275

Fees include attendance on all three days, entry to some exhibitions and light refreshments. It does not include accommodation, travel around London or drinks and dinner. There will be opportunities for participants to have dinner together on the first evening of the programme and drinks on the second evening, but these costs must be borne by the participants themselves. 

Engage membership starts from just £34 per year and comes with a host of benefits, find out more at

Bursary places:

Engage and Engage Scotland are pleased to offer a number of bursary and subsidised places for this event. 

Please note that applicants for these places must be members of Engage. Applications for these places may be made via the Learning by Design booking form. Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not by 5pm on Thursday 14 February.

For colleagues living and working in England or Wales: Engage is subsidising two places at a cost of £90 per place. No expenses will be included.
For colleagues living and working in Scotland: Engage Scotland is supporting one bursary place, covering the fee plus up to £350 expenses. No further funding from other Creative Scotland funding programmes or the Mandate programme is available to attend Learning by Design.

How to apply:

Please visit to complete an application form to attend. 

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 11 February. 

We're anticipating 20-30 participants at the event with slots of 20 minutes or 40 minutes available for participants to present or lead activities. Please use the Learning by Design application form to propose your activity. 

Presentations or activities will take place in the V&A and the Design Museum on days one and two, with a visit to the Crafts Council on the third day of the programme. Participants may specify via the Learning by Design application form whether they would like to present or lead their activity in an education space or in the host venues' galleries. Please note that there is very limited opportunity to lead practical activities which involve wet material.

Confirmation of attendance/bursary places:

- All places will be confirmed by email within seven days of booking.
- If you have requested to present or lead an activity we will confirm this by 5pm on Thursday 14 February.
- If you have applied for a bursary place we will confirm this by 5pm on Thursday 14 February. Unsuccessful bursary applicants may then wish to self-fund. 

Deadline: 12:00 noon on Monday 18 February.
A detailed timetable of the event will be provided to all participants by 5pm on Friday 25 February.
If you are presenting you will need to send the Engage team any material/s you would like to show by Wednesday 27 February.

If you have any questions please call Sayak Mukherjee, Engage Operations Manager on 020 7729 5858 or email