Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) is a network creating opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge and resources, and cultivate relationships. We provide platforms to promote and support the work of the region's visual arts ecology.

We are part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), which is dedicated to working together to realise a stronger visual arts for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and audiences, present and future.

CVAN NW is managed by three regional chairs - Kate Jesson (Manchester Art Gallery), Paul Smith (Liverpool Biennial) and Elaine Speight (In Certain Places) together with the CVAN NW Network Manager Holly R Hesson. 

CVAN North West comprises three sub-regional groups:

Visual Arts in Liverpool (VAiL) 
Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM) 
North by NorthWest (NbyNW)

Contact CVAN North West - Holly R Hesson at holly@hollyrowanhesson.co.uk

VISUAL ARTS IN LIVERPOOL (VAIL)

Abingdon Studio Arena Studios & Gallery
Arena Studios & Gallery The Atkinson, Southport
Bluecoat
The Brindley
The Double Negative
FACT
The Gallery
LARC
LARC Young Peoples Festival
Liverpool Biennial
Liverpool John Moores University
LJMU School of Art & Design
Look Festival
Mercy
Metal Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool
Open Eye Gallery
RIBA
Royal Standard
Static Gallery
Tate Liverpool
Victoria Gallery & Museum
The Walker Art Gallery
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS MANCHESTER (CVAM)

AND Festival
Artfunkl
Buddleia
Bureau Gallery
Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre
Castlefield Gallery
CFCCA
Creative Industries Trafford
Hot Bed Press
The Holden Gallery
HOME
Islington Mill
Jane Anderson
Karen Smith Art
The Lowry
Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Craft & Design Centre
Manchester School of Art
Manifest
Mark Devereux Projects
MCC Cultural Strategy Team
MIRIAD
National Football Museum
Neo-Artists
Paper Gallery
Portraits of Recovery
PS Mirabel
Quays Culture
Red Eye, The Photography Network
Rogue Artist Studios & Project Space
Salford City Council
Tameside Central Art Gallery
Touchstones Rochdale
Trafford Council
UHC/Hotspur
University of Salford
Venture Arts
Victoria Baths
Whitworth Art Gallery

NORTH BY NORTHWEST

Abington Studios                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Art Gene Eden Arts
Forestry Commission, England
Green Close
Grundy Art Gallery
The Harris Museum & Art Gallery
In Certain Places In-Situ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Mid Pennine Arts
The Peter Scott Gallery
The Birley
Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Previous Projects

Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS)

Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS) is a two-year project that has invested in a number of development opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals in the region, developed audiences, and increased connectivity across the North West visual arts sector. The project combined three mutually supportive programme strands that reflect CVAN NW's ongoing priorities:

Critical Writing
Artist Development
Young People

Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS) has been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from Lancashire County Council, University of Salford, Manchester School of Art and CVAN NW network members.