Reflecting on the current discourse regarding exploitation, discrimination and systemic bias in the sector, Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and Chair of CVAN South East, considers the role of publicly-funded art institutions in promoting greater equality and inclusion in the sector…Read More
Referencing recently-published research into artists' livelihoods, Susan Jones raises questions about the Arts Council's future policies for support for artists: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
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
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
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
ACAVA is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Holley as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Tom will take up the post, and overall responsibility for the management of ACAVA, on 25th June, and its founder and current Artistic Director, Duncan Smith, will retire over a several months handover period.
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Modern Art Oxford is looking for an imaginative and experienced Curator of Creative Learning specialised in participatory work with young people and diverse audiences.Read More
Bristol-based public art producers Situations are seeking a highly confident, resourceful and resilient Executive Director to join our company. This new role will work with the Director, Claire Doherty, to lead the next chapter in the organisation’s story – ensuring that we have the organisational and financial capacity and know-how to deliver its ambitious vision. Applications must be received no later than 10am on Friday 24 June 2016.Read More
engage and the Marsh Christian Trust are delighted to announce the Marsh Awards for Excellence in Gallery Education 2016. The Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of those working in learning and education within visual arts contexts in the UK and internationally. Nominations Deadline: 10am, Thursday 16 June 2016.
Freelance Creative Programmer Summer 2016 – Spring 2018: Sefton Libraries seek a highly experience Creative Programmer, with credible creative commissioning, programming and evaluation, communications and project management expertise. Deadione: 2 June 2016Read More
During May and June 2016 there are further training courses taking place across England on a range of essential arts fundraising topics - with discounts available to CVAN Members.Read More
Meadow Arts has evolved to become an important part of the creative landscape, producing unique contemporary art projects in unusual spaces, curating large-scale exhibitions, commissioning new artworks and creating exciting art events. Meadow Arts are looking for an enthusiastic and confident person to join our small team as Assistant Director.
Beam is an arts organisation based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, working with Artists and communities to enhance places through the development of unique arts projects. Beam are seeking to appoint new Trustees to strengthen the expertise of the board to help deliver its new strategic direction.Read More
Southbank Centre and the Arts Council Collection are seeking an experienced and innovative Learning and Outreach Manager to join the team and deliver the Education Action Plan for the Arts Council Collections’ 70th Anniversary National Partners Programme. Deadline: 9 May 2016Read More
Firstsite is a contemporary visual arts organisation based in a stunning, award winning Gallery in Colchester, Essex. The Head of Programme will work with the Director to creatively develop the strategy and delivery of Firstsite’s artistic and learning programme in line with the Business Plan.Read More
Southbank Centre are looking for a Partnership Liaison Coordinator to join Southbank Centre and the Arts Council Collection team to work with each National Partner to deliver a series of innovative and exciting exhibitions and displays in each venue and assist with the successful delivery of the National Partnership Programme. Closing date for applications: 23:45, 24/04/2016Read More