Previous Events

CVAN hosts national events which bring the visual arts sector together. Discussing key issues affecting the sector, we create an environment where knowledge and expertise can be shared among visual arts professionals.

The first event took place in November 2009 at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when the network was still in its pilot phase and still in the process of developing regional networks across the Country,

In  November 2010, Towner Gallery in Eastbourne hosted a second national event with the regional networks  fully formed and delivering work.

In May 2012, 18 months  after the south east event, the Greater London authority hosted the third event at City Hall in London. This event was also used to announce the name change of the National Network from Turning Point National Network to the Contemporary Visual Arts Network and the launch of the network logo, website, twitter and Facebook information. The twitter following rose from 400 followers to over 2100 following the name change, with a retweet reach of over 13,000. 

July 2013 saw the network deliver a national knowledge sharing event in partnership with a Google Cultural Institute at their Headquarters in central London, with the Google team offering perspectives on networking and knowledge sharing supported by the use of new technologies. This event was profiled in Guardian Media Professionals. To see the piece written by Dany Louise click here.

In May 2014 the Visual Arts London strategy group hosted a National event for the CVAN network  entitled Visual Arts Working Together at the Southbank Centre London. Over 120 visual arts professionals gathered to hear a keynote speech from John Kampfner, Director of the newly formed Creative Industries Federation and split into breakout groups to discuss key topics within the sector proposed by those attending. These included issues around fair pay for artists, paid internships, working with higher education institutions, collections strategies, advocacy.