Appointment of Holly R Hesson to CVAN North West Network Manager


CVAN (Contemporary Visual Arts Network) North West is pleased to announce the appointment of Holly R Hesson as new Network Manager. Holly started her role in February.

Holly is a practising critically-engaged visual artist as well as an experienced project management and communications expert.

 In her role as CVAN NW Network Manager Holly will be responsible for coordinating and managing the work of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West, devising and implementing a new sector-led regional strategy, framework and delivery plan, developing a fundraising strategy, delivering a programme of work and promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing across the regional network and between other CVAN networks nationally.

 Elaine Speight, CVAN NW Co-chair said “The interview panel were impressed by Holly’s breadth of experience and knowledge, positivity and ideas for taking the network forward in the region and we’re excited to begin working together this year.” 

About Holly R Hesson

 Holly has been working freelance focussing on project management and marketing contracts across the public, private and third sectors since 2006. Recent arts-related contracts include work for Axisweb and Cultural Learning Alliance. Prior to that she spent over ten years working in management roles in complex and multi-stakeholder partnership environments in varied sectors including across arts, cultural, creative, media and digital industries; education, skills, business support, innovation, knowledge transfer and economic development; regeneration, environment, housing and sustainable communities; marketing and PR; charities and voluntary sector and service sector and retail. 

Holly is also a practising critically-engaged visual artist. She gained an MA Contemporary Fine Art from University of Salford in 2013. She has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally over the last five years. Recent solo exhibitions include Echo, commissioned by Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival at Pyramid Arts Centre in 2017, New Work at & Model, Leeds in 2016 and Assembly at Bankley Gallery, Manchester in 2016 which was awarded after winning the Bankley Gallery Open. She was invited to exhibit with Paul Huxley RA by Royal Society of Sculptors for The Line London in 2018, included in the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2017 and was presented by Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary in 2015. She was awarded Arts Council England research and development funding in 2017 and 2015.

For further information and press enquiries please email: Holly R Hesson, CVAN NW Network Manager at