The second round of the CVAN NW Bursaries Programme is now open for applications from artists, independent curators /producers and critical arts writers who live and work in the North West region. Deadline 4 April 2019.Read More
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.Read More
Working with organisations, photographers, community groups, academics and curators from across the country, the Open Eye Gallery are building a new network to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography. In the spirit of social practice, the network will be shaped collaboratively by its users, beginning with a quick survey to gauge how the network can be as useful as it can be. We would appreciate it if anyone interested in joining could take some time to fill it in. The network is open — join below by signing up to the mailing list.Read More
Published in January, a new study by TBR commissioned by the Arts Council concludes that portfolio careers are the norm among artists in a visual artists’ constituency clearly dominated by women. Income levels remain unacceptably low overall and artists’ livelihoods are over-reliant on earnings from work other than art practice. Notably, however like their counterparts in other arts professional and creative industry spheres, it is female artists who experience the greatest barriers to sustaining of art practices over a life-time and are earning less from their art practice than males. Read the research reports including Arts Council’s response here.Read More
Visual Arts South West (VASW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Orrell to the role of Network Manager. Paula will take up the position in April 2019.Read More
CVAN celebrates the many successes of our strongly embedded regional base delivering fantastic support to arts organisations through our regional networks but we also need to draw together and do more to promote our interests as a sector overall. So through the coming year CVAN will be looking at how we can work better together as a national network, how we innovate, how we engage across sectors and in creative partnerships regionally, nationally, and internationally, and how we promote diversity in the visual arts.Read More
Recently, Alistair Hill, Brighton and Hove City Council’s Director of Public Health, has produced The Art of Good Health, a report that focuses on the contribution that the arts make to the health of the city’s residents. In his foreword he reflects on the question “should we look closer at the role of arts in health?”:Read More
Welcome to the last Director’s blog for 2018 and our very best wishes to CVAN regional networks and the visual arts sector. Time to banish the gloom and spice the wine!
Let's start with a bit of seasonal roundup cheer. The British painter, Jenny Saville, became the most expensive living female artist in October when Propped (1992) sold for £8.25m (£9.5m with fees) at Sotheby's in London according to the 2018 roundup in The Art Newspaper but her success was drowned out by a shredder! Congratulations also to Charlotte Prodger’s Turner Prize-winning exploration of queer identity, language, technology and time. CVAN celebrates our truly stellar female artists and looks forward to a New Year of innovation and diversity in the visual arts and continued international cooperation…Read More
The new MK Gallery, designed by 6a architects, in close collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman, will open on 16 March 2019.Read More
BALTIC is delighted to present the second BALTIC Artists’ Award, a worldwide biennial art award judged solely by artists. Three internationally renowned artist-judges, Lubaina Himid, Michael Rakowitz and Haegue Yang, have each selected an artist who has the opportunity to realise new work which will be seen in this four-month exhibitionRead More
Contemporary arts charity, Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) is delighted to announce it has appointed a new Director, Elaine Midgley, to the BCA team.Read More
We've been incredibly busy over the past month - having published our 3-year strategy, we are now working on a new communications strategy likely to include a rebrand and relaunch in 2020. We're also working hard on developing new partnerships, collaborations, and projects to address the many pressing issues facing our sector.
Whilst Governmental bandwidth is obviously hogged by Brexit this month, we have seen the publication of a new Civil Society Strategy and developments in the ongoing quagmire of Higher Education debt and fee levels which are likely to have a specific impact on the creative sector.
As a sector, the visual arts have always been committed to European membership, movement, and collaboration, but we now have very little realistic hope of influencing the government's thinking on migration and freedom of movement and are increasingly concerned about the design of replacement funding structures. CVAN is therefore looking at what we need to do to minimise the impact of Brexit (in whatever form) on the sector as well as supporting campaigns such as Free Move Create…Read More
Art 360 have launched a free app designed to make archiving and cultural preservation skills available to all.Read More
There's something of a theme emerging in a slew of recent reports and consultations and in artists responses to them: how does the visual arts sector with its socially embedded practices actually work and can it continue as it is - or can we feed it into a computer, bottle it, flip it, and label it with a flag? How radical is radical - or is it populist? Are we in revolutionary or just ‘interesting’ times?…Read More
Join Site Gallery Sheffield for their opening weekend of celebrations, beginning on Friday 28 with a preview and partyRead More
Having worked for the past year towards achieving charitable status, Flow Observatorium’s official launch as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives will be held at the Zodiac Room in Portsmouth Guildhall on September 27th 2018, 4 – 6pm.Read More
Henry Normal and David Shrigley have become the first Patrons of Phoenix Brighton, the largest provider of artists’ studio space in the South East. Phoenix celebrates this news with a welcome event on Friday 21 September. This event will coincide with the opening of a new exhibition curated by the Rocket Artists, a group of artists with and without learning disabilities.
The recent release of the Mayor of London's 2018 Artists' Workspace Annual Data Note, highlights the importance of creative workspace in our cities and is a welcome intervention in an issue that also concerns the visual arts sector in the South East. Sarah Davies, Executive Director of Phoenix Brighton, gives her response to the Mayor's report and points to the vital contribution of studio providers to the cultural ecology.
Image: Phoenix artist Joshua Uvieghara in his studio, photo: Manel Ortega.Read More
ECVAN is continuing their project New Geographies, a three-year, Arts Council funded project exploring overlooked and forgotten places of interest to those living and working in the East of England. Ten artists have now been commissioned to respond to the nominated sites. You can follow the project at the dedicated website www.newgeographies.uk and through social media @newgeogRead More