CVAN ADVOCACY & POLICY
CVAN’s strategic priorities for 2019:
Exploring new models, technologies, and funding sources to help make up for dwindling traditional resources
Maintaining our contemporary visual arts sector's international reputation for vibrancy, innovation, and excellence
Becoming more diverse as a sector in our range of people, skills, and perspectives
The Brexit White Paper sets out some positive negotiating positions relating to mobility for students and talent as well as participation in EU cultural frameworks. Let’s hope they can be achieved . . .
CVAN has been consulting since February with our regions to determine the focus for CVAN's national strategy work over the coming three years. We began with a discussion at January's CVAN coordinators' meeting and it was agreed to tailor workshops or other activities to fit around the regions' own cycles.
Over February and March, we have been working with CVAN NE, East, NW, SE, New Art West Midlands and YVAN to take views from across their networks. This process has taken longer than expected to organise and we have therefore put back making a draft available for comment until all the regions have had a chance to participate. We now expect to have a draft available towards the middle of April.
CVAN networks worked closely with ACE to respond to the consultation on extending the creative industries tax relief to Museums and Galleries towards the end of 2016. The Museums and Galleries Exhibitions tax relief came into law in November 2017.
The scheme is now starting roll-out but claims can be backdated to 1 April 2017.
CVAN is particularly concerned that many of the smaller organisations within our regional networks may encounter barriers in engaging with the Museums and Galleries Exhibitions tax relief scheme and we would like to ensure that take-up is even across the sector...
The Arts Council’s current strategy, Great art and culture for everyone, runs from 2010 to 2020. ACE is now in the process of consultation to feed into its 10-year strategy from 2020 to 2030 and is keen to ensure that the strategy is evidence-based and reflects the concerns of stakeholders and the public. Participation is welcomed here. The consultation closes on 11 April 2018
The DCMS Select Committee is currently inquiring into the societal impact of participation in culture and sport. CVAN will be submitting evidence to the Inquiry and it is important that the evidence we submit is regionally balanced. There is very little time for CVAN to consult with the regions so we are urgently calling for relevant arguments strongly supported by clear evidence in the form of case studies. Closing date: 18 February 2018
Following a consultation in 2017, last week saw the publication of a DCMS Select Committee Report The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. On 24 January, ten All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) came together at Portcullis House on the need to secure mobility of creative talent post-Brexit.
Paula Gazzard reports on the event, and her own speech on post-Brexit concerns in the visual arts.
A message from CVAN's new National Director.
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM - the UK’s professional body for musicians) and a-n have announced their collaborative campaign #FreeMoveCreate to protect freedom of movement for all who work in the creative industries.
Yesterday a-n launched a five-year strategy to tackle the growing challenges artists face in sustaining their careers. The Valuing Artists strategy aims to ensure policy makers and commissioners value the artist as well as the art.
Earlier this week it was announced that the professional status of visual artists and writers in Ireland will be recognised when applying for Jobseeker’s Allowance.