Several regions have made Market Development an important focus of their work in recent years.
Creating opportunities for artists to sell their work or develop their businesses along with nurturing a regional collector base have led to new opportunities for artists, organisations and individuals interested in contemporary art and craft.
In 2010, North East CVAN part funded a Head of Collector Development post in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society to develop a collector base in the region, this post was funded for three years and has now been extended and runs alongside similar CAS posts in Yorkshire and the North West. For further information on CAS North click here.
Since 2012, East Contemporary Visual Arts Network have been developing their Eastern Pavilions programme in collaboration with visual arts organisations across the eastern region. It explores new ways of working together and builds on the diverse and exciting range of activity that is being undertaken in the region.
In Yorkshire, six cultural entrepreneurs with ambitions to either develop new businesses in the contemporary visual arts, or to expand existing businesses, have been selected by the Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN) to join their pilot Cultural Entrepreneur Programme (CEP).
2014 saw the appointment of a Head of the Art Market Project in the West Midlands for a two year project funded through Arts Council England grants for the arts lottery funding secured by Birmingham City University. Whilst not a Turning Point West Midlands funded initiative, the post holder worked closely alongside the TPWM Coordinator and Steering Group to develop mutually beneficial activity.