The North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network has delivered a wide and varied programme of work since its inception in July 2009. Investment into Market Development, Critical Dialogue and Continued Professional Development has been at the centre of regional working alongside a responsive programme of events.
NE CVAN is currently in the process of developing a new regional visual arts strategy to 2020. This strategy is informed by consultation undertaken with the visual arts sector in the region and will focus on:
Building Artists’ Careers: to enable artists to live and work in the North East through increased opportunities, studios and support. This will have two strands:
• A Focus on graduate retention and support for emerging artists;
• Mid Career support to develop and enhance artists’ careers and profile;
Connecting to a National and International Art Scene: to actively facilitate artists, curators, writers and organisations in the region to connect with contemporaries nationally and internationally. This will consist of:
• Creating opportunities for artists, writers and organisation to engage with national and international peers through projects, residencies and exchange;
• Raising the Profile of the region and its internationally regarded artists and organisations and attracting international artists and focus to the region;
Engagement and Advocacy: engaging people with the visual arts and advocating the sector’s value to the region. This will involve:
• Engaging with existing and new audiences;
• Providing entry points into the sector to ensure diversity;
• Advocating the value of the visual arts to the region both social and economic;
• Articulating the value of the sector’s international profile to regional stakeholders;
• Secure the stability of investment into the sector within the region;
The ambition for the plan not only meets the needs of the sector, it also aligns with:
• Arts Council England’sPriorities for the period 2015-2018 both at regional and national level.
• Our regional Universities’ priorities for graduate retention
• The North East Cultural Partnership case making for Culture
• The current Government’s core cities initiative
• European Cultural Strategy.
The network currently has 10 Steering Group members, who have been in place since 2009:
• Clymene Christoforou, Director of ISIS Arts
• Judith King, Director of Arts & Heritage and Independent Consultant
• Paul Moss, Director of Workplace Gallery
• Jon Bewley, Director of Locus +
• Gillian Nicol, Editor of AN
• Jenny Allinson, Newcastle University
• Ben Ponton, Director of Amino
• Helen Ratcliffe, Allenheads Contemporary Art
• Julie Milne, Chief of Art Galleries, TWAM
• Julia Bell, North East Coordinator
As we implement our strategy, we will revisit our Terms of Reference and North East membership to ensure we continue with a strong network of Steering and working group members to deliver our ambitions.
North East Events
Artist Hajra Waheed and Prof. Steve Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, University of Newcastle will discuss surveillance and drone technology.Mon 29 Feb 2016 / 16.00-19.00. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. FREE, booking required
The NewBridge Project is looking for a Development Manager to help us realise our ambitious vision and secure the future of our organisation. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to play a key role in our organisation’s development, feeding into and delivering a new business plan while creating opportunities for The NewBridge Project to grow and expand. DEADLINE: Thursday 21st January 2016, 6pm
The lead artist will work with ACA to develop strategies for the projects development while continuing with their own practice towards new work. This will include engagement with local and international artists, forming reciprocal, professional relationships with experts from other fields of relevant art/science subjects and cultivating a divers and dynamic contributing audience.
This new opportunity aims to support upto 10 artists to make proposals for sculpture and oneof the artists will be selected to produce a full size work at Cheeseburn and will receive a budget of £5,000 together with support andmentoring through the design and production process.
Up to 7 fully-funded three-year PhD studentships are currently available in the Durham Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture (DLITP VC) for October 2016.
Applications are now open for the Warwick Stafford Fellowship, an annual prize aimed at early-mid career practitioners in Fine Art. The Fellowship is hosted by Northumbria University at BALTIC 39.
Fundraising in the Arts feedback from the Spinning Plates session NECVAN ran in partnership with Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy and details of a new event planned for April at BALTIC with Trusts and Foundations – a day of insight, sharing and surgeries.