Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester - a mission to map artist's development in Greater Manchester

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Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM) has embarked on a mission to map opportunities for artist's continuing professional development (CPD) in Greater Manchester, and beyond.

Stage 1

Castlefield Gallery, in partnership with CVAM, is conducting a survey that aims to capture data about CPD opportunities available to emerging and mid-career artists based in the Greater Manchester area. This is a comprehensive, area-wide survey asking for current information on the range of development activities available to artists. The aim is to provide live data for the future of networked support and to nurture of the area’s creative talent. The survey will include all areas of the visual arts ecology; from the artist-led to the institutional and from local authorities to further and higher education. The live database will be shared with CVAM members by the end of March 2012, with a summary report to help disseminate the findings.

Stage 2

To take this live data further, Castlefield Gallery is collaborating with Manchester Metropolitan University's MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design). The 6 month long research project, "analysing Artist's CPD in Greater Manchester: towards an integrated approach for talent development" will look at the impact of existing artist’s CPD, and make recommendations for a networked approach to talent support. There will be a number of outlets for this research, including plans for a national conference with MMU in October 2012.

If you would like more information about this project then please contact Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery who is overseeing activity: kwong@castlefieldgallery.co.uk