New Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright - What Does This Mean for the Arts?

Jeremy Wright was appointed Culture Secretary during the re-shuffle following on high-level Cabinet resignations over May's 'soft Brexit' plans which saw Matt Hancock moved to Health. Hancock, meanwhile, has tweeted his thanks to all the artists he's worked with as Culture Secretary. 

DCMS has been experiencing something of a rapid churn over the past few years and the appointment of an MP who hurriedly created a Twitter account just as he moved to the DCMS has caused more than a little amusement. Wright is a barrister by training, he was previously Attorney General for 4 years and much of his political career has been in MoJ and Justice Committee - his voting record reflects what many feel to be a right-leaning and digital-sceptic tendency in the current Cabinet - he's pro surveillance of social and personal communications. He's also known as a social conservative and one of his first actions as Culture Secretary has been to greenlight the Fox takeover of Sky.

What can we expect from him in terms of support for the visual arts sector at DCMS? As Creative Industries Federation has pointed out, the inclusion of digital in the DCMS remit has tended to downgrade arts and culture and it's important that we communicate its value effectively in this time of rapid change and pressures on arts funding. We will continue to work closely with ACE and other sector partners to support England's vibrant visual arts ecology. 

CVAN EM announces new Steering Group members

CVAN EM announces new Steering Group members

CVAN EM is delighted to welcome three new members to its Steering Group. Andy Batson – Head of Audiences and Partnerships at Nottingham ContemporaryDaniel Sean Kelly – artist and co-director of Two Queens in Leicester and Ruchita Shaikh – Executive Director of Artcore in Derby – join the Group as we near the end of our current three year programme of activity.

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LADA Job Opportunity: Associate Director - Deadline 31/7/18

LADA Job Opportunity: Associate Director - Deadline 31/7/18

The Associate Director will support and direct LADA to best meet the opportunities and challenges it faces, particularly in relation to governance, organisational development, fundraising, marketing and financial management. The Associate Director will also play a central role in the strategic development of LADA's new space at The Garrett Centre, including facility and event management, partnerships, fundraising. 

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53 AA2A places for visual artists and designer-makers in 13 host universities across England - Deadline 1/9/18

53 AA2A places for visual artists and designer-makers in 13 host universities across England - Deadline 1/9/18

The AA2A project gives artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using university facilities e.g. technical workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme with four universities offering access to local collections in museums, galleries and archives…

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Job Opportunity: Director The NewBridge Project - Deadline 25/7/2018

Job Opportunity: Director The NewBridge Project - Deadline 25/7/2018

The NewBridge Project is looking to appoint a dynamic Director to lead the organisation going forward. The Director will oversee all elements of NewBridge’s operations and activities including: strategic development, building development, fundraising, artistic programme, facilities management, company & finance and audience development & engagement….


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Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham

Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham

Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham on Friday 15th June 2018. Working in collaboration with artist and curator Antonio Roberts, Assembly Birmingham aimed to address the increasing amount of development taking place across the city and the Midlands as a whole, exploring both the opportunities and the challenges this presents for the visual arts community in the region.

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The Start of Something- CVAN EM

The Start of Something- CVAN EM

Since 2016 CVAN EM has been inviting ideas for The Start of Something, a project that uses conversation - tackling topics relevant to the visual arts sector - to promote cross fertilisation of ideas and collaborative working, share practice and increase connectivity within the sector, propose solutions to problems and pose new ways of working…

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Paid arts commission based around Instagram:

Paid arts commission based around Instagram:

Flying Object are looking for creatives with a photographic eye, an interest in social history and contemporary web culture, and a knack for storytelling on Instagram, to work with them on an original commission - part of a major UK-wide arts programme. They are looking for people to both take and appear in photos. Successful candidates will work with their team to create a series of Instagram posts to tell one (or more) of 6 stories from around the UK.

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Job vacancy: Summer Programme Coordinator (Fixed Term): Deadline 28 June 2018

Job vacancy: Summer Programme Coordinator (Fixed Term): Deadline 28 June 2018

The Edge, based at the University of Bath, is seeking a dynamic friendly lead invigilator and co-ordinator to oversee the visitor experience of Summer programme 'The Fantastical Multimedia Pop-up Project' (20 July – 24 August). You must have experience of interacting with families, young persons and teenagers, hosting interactive activities and one-off workshops.

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FVU Announce Curatorial Practice Award for moving-image curators from low-income backgrounds - Deadline 23rd July 2018

FVU Announce Curatorial Practice Award for moving-image curators from low-income backgrounds - Deadline 23rd July 2018

FVU have launched their new 'Curatorial Practice Award', an open call for a guest curator from a low-income background to propose and realise an idea. This year-long opportunity includes a fee of £5,000 to the successful candidate, guidance, support and desk space from the FVU team, and FVU will double the funds raised to realise the project. The deadline for proposals is 5pm, 23 July 2018.

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