Partnerships & Collaborations

We have developed closer relationships with other national networks and strategic organisations to further support our work.

At European level we are a member of Culture Action Europe, an advocacy and lobbying organisation promoting arts and culture as a building block of the European Project. Its aim is to influence European policies for more and better access to culture across the continent and beyond. CAE has immediate access to EU decision makers and we are widely recognised as a unique resource for information and expertise on the EU and its cultural policy. The EU institutions see Culture Action Europe as the first port of call for informed opinion and debate about arts and cultural policy in Europe, and it is the biggest umbrella organisation representing the cultural sector at European level.

CVAN is the only National network in England representing visual arts at European level within Culture Action Europe.

In the UK we are members of :

Visual Arts UK (VAUK)

An alliance of national bodies working collectively to be a powerful voice for the visual arts in the UK. Members share knowledge, information and best practice, and lobby for the visual arts at National level.

Members include: AiR, a-n The Artists Information Company, Artquest, Axis, Contemporary Art Society, Crafts Council, DACS, Engage, International Curators Forum, National Federation of Artist Studio Providers, Live Art Development Agency, The Space.

Cultural Campaigns Alliance

This is a cross artform alliance that shares intelligence within the culture sector and ensures that members share details of any campaigns that they may be embarking on. The purpose of the alliance is to ensure that there is awareness and sectoral support for members’ campaigns and also to avoid duplication and clashing campaigns. Further details of active campaigns will be posted here:

What’s Next?

Across the Country network members are taking part in the What’s Next? conversations, and some are hosting regular meetings. The What’s Next? agenda compliments the work of CVAN and both are mutually supportive of the work. From a national perspective CVAN has a strong relationship with What’s Next? Further details can be found here

Museums Sector

CVAN presented a session at the Museums Association Conference 2013 entitled ‘Artists and the Elastic Museum,’ which explored the role of contemporary artists within museum and heritage settings. Working with the museum sector is important to CVAN and we continue to explore collaborations at both regional and national level.

Scottish Contemporary Art Network

CVAN works closely with the Scottish Contemporary Art Network, sharing knowledge and looking at potential economies of scale in rolling out programmes of work.

Audience Finder

The Audience Finder initiative from the National Audience Agency for England is one of CVAN’s closest programme partners. CVAN members are working with them to capture, for the very first time, national audience data for the visual arts. Further information on this is filed on our Programmes page.

The Family Arts Campaign

The Family Arts Campaign is a large scale, national collaborative programme led by CVAN and a number of other partner organisations. It provides training, resources and marketing opportunities for the visual and performing arts sectors, in order to increase levels of arts engagement by families. Find out more at