The Contemporary Visual Arts Network’s ultimate goal is to nurture contemporary visual artists and organisations in order to produce internationally regarded, critically engaged work that is valued by our society.

We have a consistent message regionally and nationally about the network and the visual arts sector as a whole, and we encourage members to advocate these messages:

Contemporary visual arts are at the heart of our nation, and are central to what makes us expressive and creative individuals within society;

The UK’s contemporary visual arts sector is the world leader in this field, and therefore our country maintains a true competitive advantage;

The sector’s contribution to national and regional economies, and to society in general, far outweighs the small amount of public subsidy it receives.

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Platform award winner Joella Wheatley features at De La Warr Pavilio

Joella Wheatley, Platform Award winner 2012, has been included in a mixed painting show currently on display at De La Warr Pavilion.

Visual Arts South West publish findings of Quality of Experience research pilot

Grace Davies of Visual Arts South West talks about the findings of research undertaken between August 2012 and March 2014, to explore and evaluate quality of experience in contemporary visual arts exhibitions.

New Art West Midlands Launch and Prize winning artists

New Art West Midlands 2014 is the second annual exhibition showcasing the creative talent and new work of emerging artists in the West Midlands region. 


New Art West Midlands, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

New Art West Midlands is a Turning Point West Midlands (TPWM) initiative with gallery partners and universities in the West Midlands.

What is Success? at Nottingham Contemporary

EMVAN's event will explore notions of success and failure within the visual arts and how they have featured in visual arts practices, as well as what is needed in order to succeed, what success looks like and how to make success out of failure.