CVAN NORTH WEST
Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) is a network creating opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge and resources and cultivate relationships. We provide platforms to promote and support the work of the region’s visual arts ecology.
We are part of the national Contemporary Visuals Arts Network (CVAN), which is dedicated to working together to realise a stronger visual arts for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and audiences, present and future.
CVAN NW is managed by three Regional Chairs - Kate Jesson (Manchester Art Gallery), Paul Smith (Liverpool Biennial), and Elaine Speight (In Certain Places) - and two Regional Coordinators - Emma Fry and Shelley Cater-Shipway.
CVAN North West comprises three sub-regional groups:
Visual Arts in Liverpool (VAiL)
Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM)
North by NorthWest (NbyNW)
Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS)
Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS) is a two-year project that has invested in a number of development opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals in the region, developed audiences, and increased connectivity across the North West visual arts sector. The project combined three mutually supportive programme strands that reflect CVAN NW's ongoing priorities:
Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS) has been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from Lancashire County Council, University of Salford, Manchester School of Art and CVAN NW network members.
A bursary is currently available for a writer, artist or curator to attend one or more of three events taking place across the North of England from April to August, and develop a new piece of text in response to discussions.
As part of their commitment to supporting artists’ livelihoods, a-n are offering 14 fully funded places on the a-n Visual Arts Coaching Course with Relational Dynamics 1st (RD1st). Attendance at the 8-day course in Lancaster will be supported by a bursary of up to £400 for attendance expenses.
On Wednesday 24 January 2018 from 3-5.30pm there is a free artists’ talk and guided tour of two exhibitions in Warrington by artists Holly Rowan Hesson and Ellen Sampson. The event is in association with CVAN North West and Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.
Have you got a job or paid employment that supports your creative practice? Does it get in the way of you making work? Could it nourish it instead? In partnership with Castlefield Gallery and Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Redeye present a day of talks, discussions and workshops encouraging photographers, artists and makers to draw inspiration for their personal practice from other paid and commercial work.
On 17 January 2018 Crafts Council are holding a career start up event at Grizedale Forest, which aims to provide information and skills development for amateurs and early career professionals looking to set up and structure a creative business from their artworks and designs.
Lancaster Arts are currently looking to appoint a new Creative Administrator, who will coordinate the day to day running of the organisation.
Open Eye Gallery is seeking a credible and ambitious professional, with a track record in fundraising and, preferably, partnership development, who can contribute at a high level to their future sustainability.
Organised by The International 3 on behalf of Contemporary Visual Art Network North West (CVAN NW), Fair Cities takes place once again at The Manchester Contemporary. Join them for a presentation from Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and a Q&A chaired by Paulette Terry Brien, Co-Director of The Interational 3, Salford, that will explore and examine the motivations for and impact of public, private and corporate collecting.
Jamboree is a four day artist-led professional development event taking place at Dartington Estate in Devon. CVAN NW and other organisations across the country are offering bursaries to attend the event.
CVAN North by NorthWest invite you to Bivouac#2, a Cumbrian getaway. A chance to get out of the office/studio/computer to give your brain and body an arts and minds spa.