Since April 2019 CVAN has been working alongside other creative industry bodies to input into the development of the Discover! Creative Careers programme. The Creative Careers programme is a programme of practical activities and resources that aims to provide young people with information about careers in the creative industries and the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in those careers when they leave school.

 In particular CVAN has:

  • Consulted on training material for regional Enterprise Coordinators who will visit schools in order to broaden understanding about the creative industries and the range of occupations that exist

  • Written a series of job profiles for the Discover! Creative Careers website – where we have highlighted some of the roles that are available within the contemporary visual arts sector. These can be seen below:


Contemporary Artist

Contemporary artists work in many forms including painting, sculpture, installation, sound, film, photography, print, performance and socially engaged practice...


Artist Assistant

Artist assistants tend to occupy a junior position in a studio working for an established artist. Assistants are often trained as artists in their own right and the job provides experience and contacts in the art world…


Art Writer

Art writers and critics write critical features and comment pieces for art newspapers, magazines, journals, exhibition catalogues, books and online...


The role of an art handler is to unpack, move, handle and install the artwork that goes on display in museums and galleries. Art handlers work with a variety of people including artists, registrars, security staff, curators and exhibition organisers…


Contemporary ART FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Festival Directors are responsible for the overall strategic development, leadership, and management of the festival and before they take up this role they are likely to have previous experience of managing events within the arts...


The roles and responsibilities of a curator are broad and vary across different types of art institutions...


Commercial art gallery manager

A commercial gallery manager will work alongside the director of the gallery to determine the overall focus of the gallery and work towards ensuring that the gallery is both commercially and artistically successful...


LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION MANAGER

Learning and Participation Managers organise and run education programmes for museums and galleries in order to make their art accessible to a wide range of people...


Art Technician (Universities)

Art technicians that work in a university context will usually have specialist knowledge, skills and experience of working with a particular material such as paint, wood, metal, textiles, or audio-visual…


Art technicians that work with museums and galleries are responsible for building, repairing and maintaining exhibition spaces, and supporting the installation of artwork...


The Creative Careers Programme (CCP) has been supported through funding from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is being delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills, ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Speakers for Schools. Read more...