Yorkshire Art in focus - first in a series of Guardian articles profiling progress across the network


The Deer Shelter at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (© James Turrell / Photo interior: Florian Holzherr).

The Guardian has run the first in a series of articles charting the results of work being undertaken right across the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (formerly Turning Point Network).

The first article, posted on the Culture Professionals Network pages, focuses on Turning Point Yorkshire. Click here to read the full article.

For more information about the work of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network, please head over to our Evaluation page.

Is Turning Point Network working? Read the interim evaluation report and find out...

In 2008, Annabel Jackson Associates was set the task of evaluating the Turning Point Network pilot project, in order to determine whether a national network of of this kind would help to realise the Turning Point mission: the strengthen the visual arts.

This image is taken from the Social Media Analysis section of the report, and illustrates the working relationships that exist across the network

Annabel's interim report has just been published, and the process of disseminating the story, and the learning so far began at the second national Turning Point Network event at Towner, Eastbourne last week.

You can download the interim report today, and we welcome your comments and feedback. If you have a view to share, or a comment to make then please use the comments sections directly below this post.

Support, Umbrella and Network (SUN) organisations: how they help to make the visual arts stronger.

The Weather Project © Olafur Eliasson Photo © 2003 Tate, London

In January 2010 Annabel Jackson, as the Turning Point evaluator, was asked to investigate how Support, Unbrella and Network organisations (also known affectionately as SUN organisations) feel they can be effectively incorporated into the Turning Network, and what they are and can contribute to Turning Point overall. 

SUN and national organisations were asked about their mission, plans for the next three to five years, opportunities, organisational challenges, views about fragmentation in the sector as well as contact with the Turning Point Network.

Annabel Jackson's findings are written up in a report that you can download from this website today (600kb).

We welcome any feedback on this report, and would ask you to add your views to the comments section today.

Arts Council's Turning Point (draft) logic model

The Visual Arts Strategy team at Arts Council England's national office led by Director, Vivienne Bennett have been working with Annabel Jackson Associates on the evaluation of the first three years of Turning Point activity.

As part of this process we have started to develop a 'Logic Model' for our work, that tests means and ends by linking what we are doing (activities), with what we produce (outputs), with intended results for both the short and medium term (outcomes), and with the long term changes we are trying to affect (impacts).

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (whose Logic Model Development Guide is recommended for anyone planning or evaluation projects) describes the Logic Model has:

"a picture of how your organization does its work – the theory and assumptions underlying the program. A program logic model links outcomes (both short- and long-term) with program activities/processes and the theoretical assumptions/principles of the program" (page 7 of the development guide).

We are sharing the DRAFT version of this logic model now, and welcome feedback. We want to know if things are missing, and whether the logic works.

Please note that this is our first attempt and we will continue to develop this in parallel to the broader national consultation the Arts Council is delivering. Our aim is that once the priorities for the arts are set, we in the Visual Arts team are clear about how our work with you is helping to achieve great art for everyone.

With a robust Logic Model in place we will also be in a position to agree clearly defined indicators for success, and powerful messages about the importance of our work as a sector to maintaining a vibrant cultural landscape.

Click here now to download the DRAFT Logic Model...