Across the CVAN Network, the enabling and development of critical discourse has been seen by the majority of regional networks as a key area for investment and development.
Developing discourse, critical writing, studio crits and exhibition and artist reviews within regions creates a vibrant community for artists, curators and writers to exchange ideas.
Both the profiling of artists’ work and the development of new writers has provided another level of opportunity for individuals and helps to enable the sector to sustain and develop regional visual arts ecologies that are increasingly outward focused and internationally ambitious in terms of profiling practice.
CVAN North West Critical Writing
In March 2015 CVAN North West selected 25 emerging and mid-career writers from over 130 applicants to participate in a regional Critical Writing development programme. Writers were awarded a £300 bursary and given the opportunity to attend six practice and theory based workshops in exchange for writing and publishing two articles about contemporary visual arts in the North West.
REGIONAL PROGRAMMES OF ACTIVITY:
Referencing recently-published research into artists' livelihoods, Susan Jones raises questions about the Arts Council's future policies for support for artists:
Working with organisations, photographers, community groups, academics and curators from across the country, the Open Eye Gallery are building a new network to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography. In the spirit of social practice, the network will be shaped collaboratively by its users, beginning with a quick survey to gauge how the network can be as useful as it can be. We would appreciate it if anyone interested in joining could take some time to fill it in. The network is open — join below by signing up to the mailing list.
Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham on Friday 15th June 2018. Working in collaboration with artist and curator Antonio Roberts, Assembly Birmingham aimed to address the increasing amount of development taking place across the city and the Midlands as a whole, exploring both the opportunities and the challenges this presents for the visual arts community in the region.
CVAN's Director Paula Graham-Gazzard, responds to the results of NESTA's algorithmic analysis of a number of media databases under the heading #PressForProgress: Evidencing gender inequality in the arts.
Taking place from 28 June - 1 July, Jamboree 2018 will bring together 150 visual artists, curators and programmers from around the UK to the Dartington Estate near Totnes in Devon. Developed by LOW PROFILE, Jamboree 2018 offers the chance for those who work in the arts to meet others, collaborate, stop, engage and recharge in beautiful surroundings and a positive, critically-engaged environment.
In advance of pre-registration closing for event next week, we find out more about the opportunity from LOW PROFILE and the Jamboree team.
Creative Freelancers, is a new report published by the Creative Industries Federation aiming to transform the working lives of the self-employed in the industry.
On Thursday 12 October 2017 in Settle, Yorkshire, Chrysalis Arts hold the second in a series of training and development events which will explore how artists working in rural environments or with rural themes are developing new platforms and approaches to visual arts practice.
In April, ECVAN held their first public symposium. A video of selected highlights from the event is now available, as well as a document sharing some of the key themes that came out of the symposium breakout groups.