Museums & Galleries Tax Relief

Museums & Galleries Tax Relief

CVAN networks worked closely with ACE to respond to the consultation on extending the creative industries tax relief to Museums and Galleries towards the end of 2016. The Museums and Galleries Exhibitions tax relief came into law in November 2017

The scheme is now starting roll-out but claims can be backdated to 1 April 2017. 

CVAN is particularly concerned that many of the smaller organisations within our regional networks may encounter barriers in engaging with the Museums and Galleries Exhibitions tax relief scheme and we would like to ensure that take-up is even across the sector... 

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BERLINER LISTE 2016: Open Call for Berlin’s biggest art fair

BERLINER LISTE 2016: Open Call for Berlin’s biggest art fair

Parallel to Berlin Art Week, the 13th edition of BERLINER LISTE will be held from September 15th to 18th, 2016 in the legendary Kraftwerk Berlin. Emerging gallery programs, project spaces and artists are invited to apply for the fair until June 30th, 2016.

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As a two-year pilot scheme to develop the market for contemporary art, the Art Market Project, led by Rachel Bradley (Head of Art Market Project) and co-ordinated by Anneka French, ends on 27 May 2016.  The Art Market Project activity has involved the setting up of the website New Art WM to highlight the offer of the West Midlands visual arts scene

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CultureHive Fast Track: Digital Marketing Intensive Programme

CultureHive Fast Track: Digital Marketing Intensive Programme

Specifically designed for senior marketers working in English arts and cultural organisations with a good to high level of marketing experience, this programme will fast track your digital marketing knowledge to help you, and your organisation, have more impact and deepen engagement with audiences.

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Manchester Contemporary Spotlight: The International 3

Manchester Contemporary Spotlight: The International 3

Manchester Contemporary opens in Manchester this month, and for the fourth year running one of our north west network members, International 3, are taking on the role of curatorial coordinators. Paulette and Laurence talk through their involvement  and their approach to inviting emerging galleries to this year’s Fair.

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Network Knitting in the visual arts - Turning Point Network's knowledge sharing days

~Flow, a project by Owl Project and Ed Carter. Part of Artists Taking the Lead

Turning Point Network is pleased to announce the programme for a series of knowledge sharing events taking place in April 2012.

  • Thursday 19 April at BALTIC, Gateshead 10.00am-4.30pm
  • Friday 20 April at FACT, Liverpool 10.00am-4.30pm

These events are open to anyone working in visual arts organisations, artists and freelancers wanting to explore practical knowledge sharing solutions to help them in their daily jobs, and who want to make the contemporary arts more sustainable. People who are members of Turning Point groups or other arts committees and management groups will find these sessions particularly valuable.

The programme for both days will be led by Dougald Hine and Michael Craven. Through inspirational presentations and equally inspirational and hands-on activities participants will explore knowledge sharing providing them with ideas to take back to their own environments. 

Dougald Hine is a writer, internet entrepreneur, informal learner and a founder of organisations including the ‘School of Everything; and the ‘Space Makers Agency’. He likes to tell stories, explore ideas, bring people together and make things happen and says: “If I'm good at anything, it is making connections - between people, between ideas and between worlds”

Michael Craven has extensive experience developing and delivering knowledge initiatives in the non-profit and public sectors and leading organisations through major change and development. Consultancy clients include the Royal Institute of British Architects, New Contemporaries, and national advice agencies. Michael was Director, Organisational Development, Arts Council England, Head office 2004/06 and Director Visual Arts, Arts Council, South East 2000/04.

Explore the visual arts

Each event will include a visit to a landmark project:

  • Newcastle: visit ‘~Flow’, a collaboration between Owl Project and Ed Carter, the North East’s Artists Taking the Lead project moored outside BALTIC.  Also visit BALTIC 39, a new cultural hub for contemporary art that includes a public gallery programmed by BALTIC and artists’ studios. 
  • Liverpool: tour FACT and see the giant spectacular ‘Sea Odyssey’ by Royal De Luxe. Sea Odyssey is a magical tale of love, loss and reunion played out on a gigantic scale. It will take place in key city spaces. 

FREE of charge. Book places and more information Claire Pollock and Ali Brown, Turning Point knowledge sharing coordinators:


t. 0191 440 4915.

Both venues are fully accessible:

When booking, please state any requirements you may have that would enable you to participate such as signer or material in large type, etc. 

We have up to five bursaries of up to £75 towards travel costs for each event for artists and freelancers who are registered as self-employed. If you are interested in a bursary email outlining what you think you will gain from attending. 

Art Market Mapping in Manchester


Paulette Terry Brien and Laurence Lane (co-directors of Manchester-based gallery The International 3). Image courtesy Corridor8. Photo: Stephen Iles

The International 3, a member of Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM), is leading an information gathering exercise entitled 'Art Market Mapping'.

The purpose of Art Market Mapping is for the CVAM group to gain a shared understanding of members' activity in relation to collectors, collecting and the art-market. It will also record the aspirations of CVAM members with regards to this area of activity.

The project seeks to expose areas of expertise and overlap, to share models of good practice across the gorup, and to reveal areas of existing and potential collaboration.

The project will run until the end of April 2012, with a summary of findings being published shortly thereafter.

For more information about the programme, please contact The International 3.

Market Matters: art, economy and opportunity


As part of our ongoing partnership, we will be helping Visual Arts UK to disseminate information about initiatives that have a direct relevance to Turning Point Network members, posting information onto this News page. 

The first of these posts is about Market Matters, a forthcoming event that Artquest, DACS and the Contemporary Art Society are running jointly. Market Matters is part of The New Economy of Art: a series of open discussions throughout 2011-12 focussing on economic developments and opportunities in the cultural sector. It explores the impact on artists, from the perspective of artists.

Market Matters will take place on Wednesday 14 March 2012, will explore the complex and overlapping motivations behind various kinds of ‘art market’ from commercial galleries, private dealers and auction houses to art fairs, online selling and gift economies. The debate will provoke thinking about how artistic practice intersects with and creates its own economies.

Speakers: Louisa Buck, Kate McGarry and Matt Roberts.

More information:

Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester - a mission to map artist's development in Greater Manchester

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Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM) has embarked on a mission to map opportunities for artist's continuing professional development (CPD) in Greater Manchester, and beyond.

Stage 1

Castlefield Gallery, in partnership with CVAM, is conducting a survey that aims to capture data about CPD opportunities available to emerging and mid-career artists based in the Greater Manchester area. This is a comprehensive, area-wide survey asking for current information on the range of development activities available to artists. The aim is to provide live data for the future of networked support and to nurture of the area’s creative talent. The survey will include all areas of the visual arts ecology; from the artist-led to the institutional and from local authorities to further and higher education. The live database will be shared with CVAM members by the end of March 2012, with a summary report to help disseminate the findings.

Stage 2

To take this live data further, Castlefield Gallery is collaborating with Manchester Metropolitan University's MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design). The 6 month long research project, "analysing Artist's CPD in Greater Manchester: towards an integrated approach for talent development" will look at the impact of existing artist’s CPD, and make recommendations for a networked approach to talent support. There will be a number of outlets for this research, including plans for a national conference with MMU in October 2012.

If you would like more information about this project then please contact Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery who is overseeing activity: