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 acting as the platform and network through which a new regional visual arts strategyis being developed for the sector, by the sector, to 2030. 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 had 12 Steering Group members, who have been in place since 2009. Due to a number of changes to the Steering Group, we are now in the process of redefining how our network structure is set up to work together across the region.

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.

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