Critical Discourse

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.

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