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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ACE announce National Lottery Project Grants

ACE announce National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England have announced that from March 2018, their Grants for the Arts fund will become Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. 

Project Grants will become the new open access programme for arts and museum projects, and for arts projects in and with libraries. The fund will continue to help support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. 

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New Funds, New Name, New Future


Visual Arts South West are delighted to announce that we have been successful in obtaining funds from Arts Council England which will help us strengthen the visual arts sector in the South West region over the next two years.

We have been awarded just under £150,000 by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme.  This major award will enable us to deliver exciting new projects including:

  • An artist mentoring scheme
  • A programme to develop Critical Writing
  • A major audience engagement study
  • Collaborative work with the museums sector through New Expressions
  • A Cultural Leadership programme
  • Research and development for major new contemporary art biennial

 Working with artists, partner organisations, groups and individuals, our programme will foster new ways of working, strengthen existing activity and networks and encourage greater regional collaboration in order to build a strong and valued visual arts sector in the South West. 

Visual Arts South West, over the past two years has quickly established itself as a key resource for the region.  Our expertise and awareness of what the needs are of the sector has been recognised and supported by Arts Council England through the awarding of this grant and therefore signals a new period of activity and growth in our activities, for the benefit of the Region.   

Our new namefrom Turning Point South West to Visual Arts South West also marks our new independent status.  We will shortly be launching a new website which will map the visual arts in the South West, provide a valuable platform for critical exchange and discussion and be a tool to better connect artists, organisations and audiences.

Tom Trevor, Chair of VASW, said “Turning Point South West has come a long way in the past two years, with the support of Arts Council England. The change of name to Visual Arts South West marks a new phase in the development of the network, as well as our independence from ACE. This coincides with the national name change from Turning Point to Contemporary Visual Arts Network. Our aim is to be a strong voice for the visual arts sector in the region, and we are already developing a wide range of projects in partnership with agencies such as Alias, Engage, Curatorial network, Contemporary Arts Society and Audiences SW. We have devised and are delivering our programme under four key areas of focus: Collaboration, Audiences, Criticality and Economy. The major award through ACE Grants for the Arts will enable us to push forward with this partnership work, and develop a programme of activity across the region, working for a stronger visual arts sector.”

Artist Julie McCalden said “As an artist and co-director of Motorcade/FlashParade in Bristol I have benefitted enormously from Turning Point South West. Their critical, timely and relevant events have opened up a space to engage with the issues that concern the whole sector, through presentations and dialogue between artists and arts professionals. These network strengthening sessions are a fantastic opportunity to become informed and be involved in shaping solutions. The Turning Point South West Curatorial Bursary, which supported ‘Bread & Roses’, has had a huge impact on the development of my curatorial practice at M/FP.”

In addition to delivering new projects, we will continue our work supporting and developing excellence in artists and arts organisations, empowering the sector with greater skills and knowledge, providing greater opportunities for collaboration within the region and beyond, developing a better understanding of audiences and extending reach, and providing leadership and advocacy for the visual arts in the South West.

Turning Point West Midlands secures extra investment in the Visual Arts

Harminder Judge, Madonna and Child, 2009

We are delighted to announce that Turning Point West Midlands has been awarded funds from Arts Council England to contintinue its Projects over the next two years. 

From their website:

"We have been awarded £220,000 by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme, running up to 2014. This major award, the first of its scale for the Turning Point network in England, will be channelled to deliver TPWM Projects including a number of artist residences and writing bursaries to promote new thinking and ideas, and engage with new audiences. 

Working with partner organisations, groups and individuals, we will deliver a new model of professional development for artists, and run a series of events to initiate new conversations and critical debate about the visual arts." 

Professor John Butler, Head of the School of Art at Birmingham City University and Chair of TPWM, said: “We are delighted to have received this investment from Arts Council England, which will be used to strengthen infrastructure in the visual arts, create more opportunities for artists, address gaps, and campaign for growth and change. Support and profile for visual arts in the region has not historically lived up to the talent and quality of the artists based in the West Midlands, and this goes some of the way to redressing the balance.” 

In addition to delivering new projects, we will continue our work in nurturing new talent and supporting artists across the region, their placement and promotion on a national and international scale, and our role as an advocate for the visual arts in the West Midlands.

Elena Cassidy-Smith, an artist based at White Tree Studio in Wolverhampton, commented: “Turning Point provides a vital focal point through which artists can interact, share ideas, and access support. It also means we have a stronger collective voice.”

Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, said of the announcement: “As well as supporting artists like Elena, Turning Point works to build the profile of the West Midlands as a destination for the visual arts, and this helps to bring both local and international artists to galleries like Ikon. 

“That means people in our region and beyond have the chance to see truly world-class art up close, and this will hopefully inspire the next generation of West Midlands artists.”

To mark the investment announcement, we are launching a campaign to encourage people to Love the Visual Arts. For further details of TPWM’s new and current projects, and to engage in the conversation, please find TPWM on Twitter @TPWestMidlands and Facebook: Turning Point West Midlands.