CVAN Regional Strategy Consultation

CVAN Regional Strategy Consultation

CVAN is currently developing its national strategy to 2020 to build a collaborative and connected network. We would like to consult with all of the CVAN regions as to how we can identify key commonalities to pursue at national level and to understand the challenges and how best to connect, leverage, amplify, and advocate the activities, achievements, and interests of our diverse regions.

We are organising different consultation approaches to fit each region and are also asking for ideas, concerns, and inspirations from everyone in and around our CVAN regional networks via a hashtag #CVAN2020. 

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Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next

Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next

Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next is a biennial symposium developed and delivered by Take A Part CIC. The aim of the symposium is to bring examples of international socially engaged practices to the South West of the UK, giving the region exposure to a wider network of projects and organisations, and an opportunity to consider a range of methods and their impact. The 2018 symposium will take place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 June at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth.

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Five artists awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust

Five artists awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust

Five artists and alumni of the New Art West Midlands exhibition have been awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust. The winners were announced last Thursday at the preview of the New Art West Midlands 2018 exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition is an initiative led by New Art West Midlands, the contemporary visual arts network for the region. 

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Portland Pathways Artist Commission

Portland Pathways Artist Commission

b-side has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding for a project exploring the historic origins of footpaths on the Isle of Portland, Dorset and their relationship to the landscapes and sites they connect. 
They are commissioning an artist to respond to information gathered by the community research team to create work in any media that animates footpaths and informs and engages visitors to Portland over the 9 day period of the b-side festival in September 2018. 

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DCMS Inquiry: Social impact of participation in culture and sport

DCMS Inquiry: Social impact of participation in culture and sport

The DCMS Select Committee is currently inquiring into the societal impact of participation in culture and sport. CVAN will be submitting evidence to the Inquiry and it is important that the evidence we submit is regionally balanced. There is very little time for CVAN to consult with the regions so we are urgently calling for relevant arguments strongly supported by clear evidence in the form of case studies. Closing date: 18 February 2018

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All Parliamentary discussion: Visas & Immigration post-Brexit & the creative industries

All Parliamentary discussion: Visas & Immigration post-Brexit & the creative industries

Following a consultation in 2017, last week saw the publication of a DCMS Select Committee Report The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. On 24 January, ten All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) came together at Portcullis House on the need to secure mobility of creative talent post-Brexit.

Paula Gazzard reports on the event, and her own speech on post-Brexit concerns in the visual arts.

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Spotlight: Jamboree 2018 - A National Gathering of Artists & Curators

Spotlight: Jamboree 2018 - A National Gathering of Artists & Curators

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.

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ACE announce National Lottery Project Grants

ACE announce National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England have announced that from March 2018, their Grants for the Arts fund will become Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. 

Project Grants will become the new open access programme for arts and museum projects, and for arts projects in and with libraries. The fund will continue to help support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. 

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Document

Document

Document is a project by CVAN East Midlands that seeks to tell the story of the artist, at this time, in the region, in their voice.  Filmmaker Bill Newsinger has been working with the six selected artists to gather footage of them making, talking about their work and their experiences over that period. Trailers have now been released, with the final films to follow later in the year.

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