Registration for Children’s Art Week events open

Registration for Children’s Art Week events open

engage, the National Association for Gallery Education is delighted to announce Children’s Art Week 2016 will take place from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 June. Events can take place in galleries, arts centres, museums, libraries, schools, and community and youth centres. Venues can register their event until Monday 23 May

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Knowledge Sharing days for Turning Point Network - save the date


As part of the ongoing Knowledge Sharing programme, Turning Point Network is holding a series of free events that include a mix of talks and practical sessions, facilitated by people who are using knowledge sharing techniques to make a difference within their organisations and networks.

19th April 2012 || Newcastle & Gateshead, hosted by BALTIC

20th April 2012 || Liverpool, hosted by Liverpool Biennial

These are the first two in an ongoing series of events that will take place across England.

"Experts and skilled trainers will explore ways to access and value knowledge you didn’t know you had" says Claire Pollock, coordinator of the Knowledge Sharing programme for Turning Point Network. "The days will also provide insights into the ‘why and how’ of knowledge sharing and how the Turning Point Network can strengthen the sector by supporting development of knowledge sharing across the contemporary arts."

"Attendees will hear from people inside and outside of the arts who knowledge share really well", continues Claire. "They will learn about: how they share, develop ideas and make things happen in collaboration; how in these challenging times, knowledge sharing can be a vital philosophy that puts people first; and how knowledge sharing can stimulate engagement and debate to effect change and achieve collective action."

Who should attend?

These free events are for everyone working in contemporary visual arts organisations, artists and freelancers wanting to explore practical knowledge sharing solutions to help them in their daily jobs, as well as wanting 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.

Full programme available soon. For more information or to register your interest please contact Claire Pollock:

EMVAN roadshow highlights Strategies for Survival

As part of its Strategies for Survival programme, EMVAN has been getting out and about across the East Midlands with a series of roadshows.

This series of events, the most recent of which is taking place in Leicester today, present an opportunity for new and prospective members to engage in critical discussion, to exchange ideas and information, to meet friends and make contacts, and to find out more about EMVAN and its future programme of activity.

The roadhsow dates were as follows:

2 February  – The Box, QUAD, Derby, 5-8pm

21 Feb – New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 5-8pm

23 Feb – University of Northampton, 5-8pm

1 March – New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, 5-8pm

A final event will be held on 8th March in Rutland. The venue and time have yet to be confirmed.

Places can be booked through QUAD on 01332 290 606 or via

Mk Gallery / Project Art Works - Exhibition Opening and Seminar


A new exhibition and seminar series has been announced as part of the Turning Point South East, Research & Critical Debate programme

Exhibition - States and Spaces: A Survey by Project Art Works 

9 Dec 2011 - 8 Jan 2012

This first major survey of work by Project Art Works focuses on innovative, collaborative investigations of built space and their impact on the perception of people with neurological impairments.  The exhibition incorporates work from a long-term project between MK Gallery and Project Art Works centering on the exploration of constructed and open space and referencing the urban grid of Milton Keynes, perception and visibility in the city. Find out more

Seminar - Extreme Insight into Built Space

9 December 2011 / 2 - 5pm / Free Book here

This seminar takes place on the opening day of States and Spaces. Contributors include architect Paul Shepheard, visual artist and Project Art Works Director Kate Adams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Peter Baker along with young adults with autism who were involved in the MK Gallery and Project Art Works collaboration. Find out more

Art in a cold climate


Turning Point West Midlands is holding a conference tomorrow, between 10am and 3.30pm at Warwick Arts Centre.

The event, Art in a cold climate, is delivered in partnership with Birminham City University and the University of Warwick and addresses the future role of arts education:

It is widely predicted that the period following the economic crisis of 2008 will be a 'lost decade' with no economic growth and a consequent absence of opportunities for a generation to initiate their careers. At a time when Universities are undergoing huge changes, this day conference, facilitated by Turning Point West Midlands, explores what is needed to place the region's art schools at the centre of a dynamic, sustainable cultural ecology.

Art in a cold climate

is for artists and academics who teach in art schools, their students and alumni and other cultural brokers in the region. 

Tickets cost £5 for individuals & concessions / £10 when paid by an institution and are available from Warwick Arts Centre Box Office:

Telephone: 02476 524 524


to book online

South West come online...


On 08 February 2010 a meeting was held in Exeter, pulling together a range of people representing the many different elements of the regional visual arts ecology.

Following a series of short presentations (including one by me) gallery directors, artists, curators, network co-ordinators, local authority officers, audience development professionals, service providers ect. spent a full day debating the possibilities for a regional visual arts strategy group in the South West.

By the end of the day certain things had emerged as consensual: a group would need to be sector owned; it would need to included both Regularly Funded Organisations (RFO) and non-RFO, and should include representation from artists working in the region; it would need a level of paid co-ordination, and would need to make the most of technology but mustn't underestimate the importance of face-to-face engagement.

There were also a number of things that remained unclear: was one, or more than one group needed in such a large region; how would it complement what already exists in a network rich environment; and how would it ensure broad representation?

It was proposed to the group by the Arts Council at the end of the day that further work could be undertaken, as happened in the early days of other groups (like Yorkshire), by an interim group. This group would be charged, by the sector as a whole, with doing a fast and focussed piece of work to determine possible models for the group and also to consider areas of priority for future focus, informed by the research undertaken across three sub-regional areas by Audiences South West and commissioned by the Arts Council:

A self-selected group came forwards and agreed to take forward this initial piece of work. The membership of this group will be posted in the next week or so.

This group's work will lead to a further region-wide consultation event in April / May at which constituents will have an opportunity to debate the proposals / options, and will make final decisions about if and how a South West addition to the Turning Point Network will form.

East Midlands Visual Arts Network update

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Today's meeting of the East Midlands Visual Arts Network steering group was hosted by New Art Exchange in Nottingham.

The meeting was an opportunity for all members of the group to meet with Rebecca Lee, the consultant recently appointed by the group to design and deliver an inclusive and far reaching consultation for the East Midlands' visual arts constituency.

Starting with a region-wide conference in March, and then a series of more locally focussed conversations, the consultation aims to test the EMVAN steering group's initial thinking about what is needed to achieve a stronger visual arts in the region; foster support for and committment to collective actions; and to encourage a more diverse group membership, in terms of geography, culture, and perspective.

Following agreement of the steering group EMVAN coordinator, Yasmin Canvin is working with Simon Zimmerman to develop a website where further information can be posted, and opinion can be shared throughout the consultation. Once this space is developed we will post the domain name here.

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