Director's Blog - September 2019

Director's Blog - September 2019

Tom Watson's creative policy has been receiving some attention as an election looms onto the horizon. So what is Labour's policy? According to the policy document "A Creative Future for All" Labour recognises the key role culture plays in promoting the UK's image abroad and promoting trade and will place creativity at the heart of their industrial strategy…

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Guest blog September 2019 by Sue Flowers: A Spiralling Decline - Things can only get better

Guest blog September 2019 by Sue Flowers: A Spiralling Decline - Things can only get better

With reference to personal experience, Sue Flowers examines the precarious nature of working in the arts, exposing low pay and exploitative working practices for visual artists. She implores the network to work collectively to make things better - the subtext to this being it would be difficult for them to be much worse.

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GUEST BLOG JULY 2019 By Nicola Naismith: If the arts are positive for participants so too should they be for the creative practitioners delivering them.

GUEST BLOG JULY 2019 By Nicola Naismith: If the arts are positive for participants so too should they be for the creative practitioners delivering them.

Reflecting on her recent research report Artists Practising Well Nicola Naismith, Visual Artist and Clore Fellow, considers how inconsistencies in affective support for creative practitioners working in health and wellbeing settings can be addressed to protect the health of artists and contribute to the best quality practice for participants.

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Guest blog May 2019 by Paul Hobson: Public galleries and the democratic deficit

Guest blog May 2019 by Paul Hobson: Public galleries and the democratic deficit

Reflecting on the current discourse regarding exploitation, discrimination and systemic bias in the sector,  Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and Chair of CVAN South East, considers the role of publicly-funded art institutions in promoting greater equality and inclusion in the sector…

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Director's Blog - March 2019

Director's Blog - March 2019

Happy Holi everyone! Spring is springing (kind of!) and we need to find some joy in our lives! So let's take back a bit of control and engage the opportunity to think about the future of the UK's world-leading visual arts sector and how we're going to be growing internationally in a world where there's far more going on than our own little constitutional crisis . . .

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Director's Blog: January 2019

Director's Blog: January 2019

CVAN celebrates the many successes of our strongly embedded regional base delivering fantastic support to arts organisations through our regional networks but we also need to draw together and do more to promote our interests as a sector overall. So through the coming year CVAN will be looking at how we can work better together as a national network, how we innovate, how we engage across sectors and in creative partnerships regionally, nationally, and internationally, and how we promote diversity in the visual arts.

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Director's Blog - December 2018

Director's Blog - December 2018

Welcome to the last Director’s blog for 2018 and our very best wishes to CVAN regional networks and the visual arts sector. Time to banish the gloom and spice the wine!

Let's start with a bit of seasonal roundup cheer. The British painter, Jenny Saville, became the most expensive living female artist in October when Propped (1992) sold for £8.25m (£9.5m with fees) at Sotheby's in London according to the 2018 roundup in The Art Newspaper but her success was drowned out by a shredder! Congratulations also to Charlotte Prodger’s Turner Prize-winning exploration of queer identity, language, technology and time. CVAN celebrates our truly stellar female artists and looks forward to a New Year of innovation and diversity in the visual arts and continued international cooperation…

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Director's Update - 15 November 2018

Director's Update - 15 November 2018

We've been incredibly busy over the past month - having published our 3-year strategy, we are now working on a new communications strategy likely to include a rebrand and relaunch in 2020. We're also working hard on developing new partnerships, collaborations, and projects to address the many pressing issues facing our sector.

Whilst Governmental bandwidth is obviously hogged by Brexit this month, we have seen the publication of a new Civil Society Strategy and developments in the ongoing quagmire of Higher Education debt and fee levels which are likely to have a specific impact on the creative sector.

As a sector, the visual arts have always been committed to European membership, movement, and collaboration, but we now have very little realistic hope of influencing the government's thinking on migration and freedom of movement and are increasingly concerned about the design of replacement funding structures. CVAN is therefore looking at what we need to do to minimise the impact of Brexit (in whatever form) on the sector as well as supporting campaigns such as Free Move Create

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Director's Blog: CVAN update - September 2018

Director's Blog: CVAN update - September 2018

As we go into the busy Autumn season there's quite a lot going on in cultural sector policy. The Arts Council England (ACE) is entering the third phase of development for their 2020-2030 strategy development, the Brexit clock is ticking loudly and the Spending Review is likely to be pushed back post-Brexit. Changes to the way that evidence is gathered in the sector and the creative research landscape are also beginning to form up…

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