CVAN has held a number of National events over the last five years which bring the visual arts sector together to discuss key issues affecting them or share knowledge and expertise between visual arts professionals.
The first event took place in November 2009 at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when the network was still in its pilot phase and still in the process of developing regional networks across the Country,
In November 2010, Towner Gallery in Eastbourne hosted a second national event with the regional networks fully formed and delivering work.
In May 2012, 18 months after the south east event, the Greater London authority hosted the third event at City Hall in London. This event was also used to announce the name change of the National Network from Turning Point National Network to the Contemporary Visual Arts Network and the launch of the network logo, website, twitter and Facebook information. The twitter following rose from 400 followers to over 2100 following the name change, with a retweet reach of over 13,000.
July 2013 saw the network deliver a national knowledge sharing event in partnership with a Google Cultural Institute at their Headquarters in central London, with the Google team offering perspectives on networking and knowledge sharing supported by the use of new technologies. This event was profiled in Guardian Media Professionals. To see the piece written by Dany Louise click here.
In May 2014 the Visual Arts London strategy group hosted a National event for the CVAN network entitled Visual Arts Working Together at the Southbank Centre London. Over 120 visual arts professionals gathered to hear a keynote speech from John Kampfner, Director of the newly formed Creative Industries Federation and split into breakout groups to discuss key topics within the sector proposed by those attending. These included issues around fair pay for artists, paid internships, working with higher education institutions, collections strategies, advocacy.
A summary of activity at the national Visual Arts Working Together event with details of the next steps.
John Kampfner will be the keynote speaker at the Visuals Arts Working Together event on Monday 19th May at Southbank Centre, London.
On 05 July 2013 Google played host to the subsidised visual arts sector as part of a knowledge sharing event organised by CVAN.
The final video in this series, featuring coverage of the third debate and including the Q&A session.
The second of three films covering the Conceptualising Engagement debate at this year's national Summit. This video features a presentation by Gill Nicol. The Q&A session is coming next.
The first video from the third debate at this year's national summit, featuring a presentation by National Evaluator, Annabel Jackson.
The last in a series of videos presenting coverage of the second debate from this year's national summit.
Sam Hopley, CEO of Timebanking UK, talks about the benefits of timebanking.
The Director of MAAP, Sue Ball, talks about timebanking as a form of alternative economy.
Artist Sarah Browne shares her views on the subject of Alternative Economies.
Andreas Lang of Publicworks gives his presentation on Alternative Economies:
The director of Wysing Arts Centre, Donna Lynas, introduces the subject of the second panel debate, Alternative Economies.