Current consultations: 


Overview: Following on from the UK's recent success in the Portland 'Soft Power Index', CVAN, Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group (APDIG) are embarking on a new inquiry to investigate in more detail on how government can best support the Visual Arts sector in an increasingly challenging and competitive global cultural sector. The inquiry will be looking at the challenges and opportunities associated in improving the reach and influence of the visual arts on the UK international reputation and income from creative exports.

In June 2019 we held two consultative workshops, one at BALTIC 39 bringing together a consortium of CVAN's Northern networks and the other at Slade (UCL) for a Southern CVAN consortium.

The workshops addressed the following questions:

  • Where is the government seen as being particularly strong or weak on promoting visual arts?

  • How can government improve the resources available to artists to develop international links and a global reputation?

  • What the education system can do to improve and promote visual art skills?

  • How can galleries and museums can work more collaboratively to support artists?

  • Where are the key opportunities over the coming years and how should the UK be engaging with them?


  • There is now a Call for evidence to solicit input from across the Visual Arts sector. The findings and from the workshops and the call for evidence will inform a report that will be launched in the Houses of Parliament in Autumn 2019 and will support and inform CVAN's ongoing advocacy work.

  • The full terms of reference and call for evidence can be downloaded here

  • We welcome case studies that highlight where visual artists and galleries have promoted their work on international markets or worked with foreign institutions to exhibit them. We are also gathering evidence on the impact of immigration frameworks on international cooperation as well as UK innovation and global reputation in the arts. Your submissions can be as detailed or as brief as you feel appropriate. The closing date for evidence is 5pm on Friday 26th July 2019. Please send your evidence to Jack Tindale at Policy Connect.

In collaboration with:
All Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group
The Slade School of Fine Art (University College London )
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
a-n (The Artists Information Company)