Responding to the data collected via the recent impact survey on the affect of COVID-19 on the sector, the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) of which we are part, organised a series of webinars designed to bring the visual arts together, provide confidence, celebrate innovation and foster interconnectedness as we all move into the next phase of response and recovery to the pandemic.

The discussions below address pressing questions on reopening venues; adjusting to the demands of social distancing; staying in touch with our communities; advocacy work; weathering the economic impact on our professional field, and retaining our value.

 

CVAN Presents…Black Lives Matter: Statements, Strategies and Codes of Conduct

Sharna Jackson, Artistic Director and Judith Harry, Executive Director, Site Gallery, Sheffield, and Ceri Littlechild, Head of Operations, Wysing Arts Centre discuss their organisation’s strategies and approach to racial equality and the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

CVAN Presents…Studios: Supporting Creative Workspaces during COVID-19

Three artist studio providers (Cheryl Jones, Director and Co-founder, Grand Union, Birmingham; Ingrid Banerjee Marvin, Artist Support Lead for East Street Arts, Leeds and Sarah Davies, Executive Director, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton) speak to their experience of continuing to support creative workspaces during Covid-19 and addressing issues such as:

  • Financial crisis – business models and sources of support
  • Capital developments – sustainability for studio providers
  • Access and intersectionality
  • National voice – existing workspace networks and future developments.

 

CVAN Presents…A Visual Arts Alliance: what can and should it achieve for the sector?

National sector support organisations have joined forces to support the development of the sector in these times. Join the panel Julie Lomax, CEO of a-n The Artists Information Company, Harold Offeh, Artist and Sarah Munro, Chair of CVAN and Director of the Baltic. They will discuss the opportunity and thinking behind the Alliance and why it is needed now more than ever.

 

CVAN Presents…In Conversation with Amanda Parker

CVAN has invited Amanda Parker, the new Editor of ArtsProfessional to discuss her perspective on what is currently happening in the arts sector. Furloughed from ArtsProfessional we have invited Amanda to take a view on what she can see is happening and support understand the dynamics that are at play. This talk is purely her opinion and one that CVAN is interested in discussing our lobbying work to government and what is needed to enable the cultural sector going forward.

 

CVAN Presents…Art & Philanthropy | Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper, Senior Manager, Philanthropy / Visual Arts will talk about how we can be expansive in our concept of philanthropy. Who is giving and why? What is the impact for visual arts organisations and their communities? And what more can we do to develop a culture of generosity?

 

CVAN Presents…Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief

An overview of the Scheme, outline guidance on the application process and issues that you might need to address dependent on the constitution and resources of your organisation.

 

CVAN Presents…Artists Make Change | Rachel Dobbs and Glen Stoker

Artists Rachel Dobbs and Glen Stoker talk about their involvement in a critical national programme that will evidence the value of artists work in the UK, defining the integral economic and social role.

 

CVAN Presents…Independent Artists and Practitioners | Matthew Burrows

Renowned artist Matthew Burrows MBE talks about the #ArtistSupportPledge and its global impact during the pandemic.

 

CVAN Presents…Reopening of Galleries and Public Spaces

Sarah Munro and Sally Shaw discuss the role of the gallery and response to their immediate communities and place. Placing emphasis on care, these inspiring Directors discuss their work in these extraordinary times.

 

 

Responding to data collected via the recent impact survey on the affect of COVID-19 on the sector, the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) of which we are part, organised a series of webinars designed to bring the visual arts together, provide confidence, celebrate innovation and foster interconnectedness as we all move into the next phase of response and recovery to the pandemic. The discussions address pressing questions for the sector over the coming months and years.

http://www.cvan.art/news/2020/7/3/an-open-letter-to-the-chancellor

The Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN)’s Open Letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak Secretary to the Treasury Kemi Badenoch MP and DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden about the impact of Covid-19 on the Visual Arts and how to save an art form that plays a central role in the UK’s economy and society.

Future Proof - VASW, © Chelsea Cliff, 2019.

A survey was launched in April 2020 to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related lockdown on the visual arts sector. It was commissioned by Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) in association with Earthen Lamp as a rapid action tool. It was initiated to understand the position of the workforce dependent on freelance gig economy in the visual arts sector in the UK and investigated their response to emergency sector support measures announced by Arts Council England (ACE) and HM Treasury. The study included responses from a range of individuals that work in the visual arts sector – from artists and makers to technicians and fabricators, from curators to consultants.

Respondents were asked about the impacts they were experiencing of the pandemic and related announcements:

58% are worried about their ability to get future work.

44% of visual arts workers have permanently lost work since the announcement.

20% feel they are not eligible for support, related to diversity in forms of employment and complex income sources of respondents.

Nevertheless, respondents discussed the unexpected impact and interaction with their community as a positive outcome. Many respondents have volunteered for the NHS or used their skills and time to benefit the communities they live in or the artistic community they belong to. This has ranged from helping the NHS as volunteers, neighbours through Mutual Aid action groups and using skills to make banners and sew scrubs.

The summary report can be downloaded and read here.

 

The survey was delivered in partnership with Artists’ Union Englanda-n The Artists Information Company, ArtQuest London, AxisWebCuratorSpaceDACSEngage and Guild.

As key sector support organisations working to safeguard the visual arts in its broadest sense, we wanted to understand how to best to deploy our capacity and resource over the challenging weeks, months and years ahead.

CVAN would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who joined forces in creating and distributing Impact of COVID-19 on Visual Arts Workers. Through our combined efforts, we were able to generate 1,038 completed surveys across the country. This is a tremendous achievement which we should all be proud of. Well done!

Knowing more through this research has helped us coordinate our efforts, and lobby effectively for the sector. Through the findings of this survey we have built an evidence base to advocate for artists and arts professionals in a position of hardship over coming months.

These findings were compiled by an independent agency Earthen Lamp. All findings from this research are presented in an anonymised way to the sector, policymakers and government bodies. Please note that the results will not influence decisions or support package that have already been announced by funders. If you have any questions or comments about this research, please contact info@earthenlamp.com.

In April a survey was launched by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) to gauge the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on the visual arts sector. The summary of findings have now been published.

https://discovercreative.careers/

Since April the Contemporary Visual Arts Network has helped develop the Discover! Creative Careers programme and has written a series of job profiles highlighting some of the available roles in the contemporary visual arts sector.

Ever wonder what motivates your visitors?

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (of which we are part) and The Audience Agency have launched the Visual Arts Report – a collaborative project that draws upon data provided by more than 100 visual arts organisations across England.

We are excited to see visual arts audiences in England are socially varied, intellectually curious, and are increasingly dominated by a new generation, enthusiastic to engage. Find out how you can create more meaningful engagement with visual arts audiences here.

Ever wonder what motivates your visitors?

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (of which we are part) and The Audience Agency have launched the Visual Arts Report – a collaborative project that draws upon data provided by more than 100 visual arts organisations across England.

http://www.cvan.art/news/2018/7/31/directors-blog-cvanfuture-strategy-published

CVAN publishes its new national strategy to 2021.