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The Contemporary Arts Network (CVAN), of which we are part, have been working to develop a new visual brand and website. The network are passionate about our mission & support of the visual arts – the new website is a hub for the network’s research reports, news and campaigns.

Art X-UK Acquisitions

Over the past year, the Government Art Collection has collaborated with contemporary art networks (including New Art West Midlands) to collect new works by 45 visual artists from across the UK, celebrating and supporting the diversity of creativity across the Union.

https://www.artisessential.art/digital-march

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network invite you to take part in a Digital March on 10 June to let the government know that #ArtIsEssential.

https://www.artisessential.art

It is a particularly uncertain time as we continue to understand the long-term effects of the pandemic on our lives, and the impact of Brexit on how we live and work. The #ArtIsEssential campaign has been set up to unite us as one voice. As a sector, we need to come together to be visible throughout 2021 and the run-up to the Government Comprehensive Spending Review.

Whether you are an artist, arts freelancer, arts educator, arts professional, venue, organisation, network or anyone in between – you can make a difference by being part of this campaign. Let us unite to influence policy and decision-makers to do the right thing by our sector.

http://www.cvan.art/news/2021/1/21/museums-and-galleries-exhibition-tax-relief-an-open-letter-to-chancellor-rishi-sunak

Letter and evidence about the importance of the Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief on the Visual Arts and how to support an art form that plays a central role in the UK’s economy and society.

On Monday 14 December, the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), of which we are part, along with the UK think-tank Policy Connect, and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Design & Innovation launched a report outlining key recommendations for the Visual Art sector beyond COVID-19.

Commissioned by CVAN, and in partnership support with a-n, the Artist Information Company, the report is the first step in formalising the sector’s positioning with our Government by providing them with a clear set of recommendations on how to ensure that the visual arts are properly presented, measured, and which barriers should be removed to ensure a diverse and healthy sector.

Moving into next year, the visual arts will play an integral part in building back the health and wealth of the country, with the measurable impact of the economic and wellbeing contributions it makes within our communities regionally and nationally.

The report, that was released today, calls for five key recommendations; to establish a visual arts baseline, to set social and economic growth targets at a national and local level, to extend and simplify tax incentives to support growth, to remove barriers to talent from abroad, and to strengthen networks to deliver social inclusion and diversity.

The report was launched at a sold out online event with attendees from both the parliament and the visual art sector. Hosted by former Arts Minister, Lord Ed Vaizey, the event included an address by Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC, and Chair of CVAN as well as Sonia Boyce OBE RA, Professor of Black Art and Design, University of the Arts London and British representative at the 2021 Venice Biennial.

Speaking of the launch event and report, Director of CVAN Paula Orrell says:

“Today marks a really important and significant step forward in formalising our relationship with the Government, something that has been a long time in the making.  We are pleased to be in a position to be able to make these recommendations on behalf of our sector. We believe that the visual arts will play a pivotal role in this next, crucial, rebuilding phase. 

We are committed to ensuring that we are around the table, having the right discussions with decision makers to ensure that our sector is receiving the best possible support beyond the pandemic.  We were encouraged by the demand for this report, and were delighted to see so many attend the launch event, both MPs and arts professionals, showing a real need for this level of conversation.  This is an exciting day for our sector, we are thankful for the contribution and support of our colleagues at a-n, and for the expertise of our partners at Policy Connect and APDIG for making this happen, this certainly is just the beginning of what we see as being a long lasting relationship with our government.” 

Jack Tindale, Policy Manager for Design & Innovation at Policy Connect and report author expressed that:

“It has been an honour to work with CVAN and the visual arts sector on this report. After one of the most disruptive years in modern history, access to culture is more important than ever for our social and economic well-being. The recommendations we have set out in the report are ambitious, but necessary, and provide a clear roadmap for how artists can contribute to the economic recovery over the coming years.”

In coming together and making these recommendations publicly to the government, the visual arts are demonstrating its regional and national strength as the beating heart and soul of building back better.

You can read the full report on the CVAN website here.

CVAN would like to thank a-n The Artist Information Company for their contribution, as well as APDIG and Policy Connect in making this happen.

On Monday 14 December, the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN), of which we are part, along with the UK think-tank Policy Connect, and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Design & Innovation launched a report outlining key recommendations for the Visual Art sector beyond COVID-19.

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.

http://www.cvan.art/news/2018/4/4/consulting-the-cvan-regions-update?utm_source=CVAN+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=41d637e400-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2d4bf62f45-41d637e400-108461821

CVAN update on their consultation of the English regions to determine their focus for their national strategy work over the coming three years.

Image by Andy Wright used under a Creative Commons license.

http://www.cvan.art/news/2018/3/26/gdpr

Our colleagues at CVAN have prepared some information and resources on changes to UK data protection law which will be enforced on 25 May 2018. Read more to find out how you may be affected by the new GDPR.

http://www.cvan.org.uk/news/2018/2/7/dcms-inquiry-social-impact-of-participation-in-culture-and-sport

The DCMS Select Committee is currently inquiring into the societal impact of participation in culture and sport. CVAN are urgently calling for case studies to submit to this.

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network is delighted to announce the appointment of Paula Graham-Gazzard as its new Director. Paula joins CVAN with a wealth of experience in policy, advocacy, creative education and HE, through her role as Policy & External Relations Manager at CHEAD – Council for Higher Education in Art & Design.

An experienced consultant and qualitative researcher specialising in design by research, creative industries and innovation, Paula has a PhD in Culture & Communication and is an Hon Fellow in Innovation and Diversity at the University of Westminster school of Media, Arts & Design. Paula will take up the role in January 2018.

http://www.cvan.org.uk/

The Contemporary Visual Arts Network is delighted to announce the appointment of Paula Graham-Gazzard as its new Director.

http://www.cvan.org.uk/news/2017/11/23/creative-industries-federation-responds-to-the-budget

Yesterday the Chancellor presented his Budget to Parliament. Commitments on innovation, tech, and digital infrastructure were promised, however there is concern that there was no acknowledgement of the importance of the creative industries in growing the country’s economy – despite recent reports.

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CVAN have joined the Paying Artists Working Group, set up by a-n/AIR to inform the development of their Exhibition Payment Guide and support its implementation over the next five years.

Tadao Cern, Black Balloons, 2016.

http://www.cvan.org.uk/news/2017/4/25/interim-cvan-national-coordinator-to-speak-at-aesthetica-magazine-future-now-symposium-2017

Gordon Dalton, Interim CVAN National Coordinator and Visual Arts South West Network Manager, will speak during the Commissioning/Funding session at Aesthetica Magazine Future Now Symposium 2017 in York on Thursday 25 May.