CVAN NORTH WEST
Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) is a network creating opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals to develop their practice, share ideas, knowledge and resources and cultivate relationships. We provide platforms to promote and support the work of the region’s visual arts ecology.
We are part of the national Contemporary Visuals Arts Network (CVAN), which is dedicated to working together to realise a stronger visual arts for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and audiences, present and future.
CVAN NW is managed by three Regional Chairs - Kate Jesson (Manchester Art Gallery), Paul Smith (Liverpool Biennial), and Elaine Speight (In Certain Places) - and two Regional Coordinators - Emma Fry and Shelley Cater-Shipway.
CVAN North West comprises three sub-regional groups:
Visual Arts in Liverpool (VAiL)
Contemporary Visual Arts Manchester (CVAM)
North by NorthWest (NbyNW)
Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS)
Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS) is a two-year project that has invested in a number of development opportunities for artists, organisations and professionals in the region, developed audiences, and increased connectivity across the North West visual arts sector. The project combined three mutually supportive programme strands that reflect CVAN NW's ongoing priorities:
Art: Audience, Development, Discourse & Skills (Art: ADDS) has been supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional support from Lancashire County Council, University of Salford, Manchester School of Art and CVAN NW network members.
CVAN North by NorthWest invite you to Bivouac#2, a Cumbrian getaway. A chance to get out of the office/studio/computer to give your brain and body an arts and minds spa.
An afternoon of discussion that seeks to unravel how and why certain cities have become recognised as centres for the Art Market as well as exploring what kind of Art Market centre Manchester, and the North West, currently is / can become.
Manchester's fair for emerging contemporary art, the Manchester Contemporary returns for an eighth year from 22-25 September 2016.
10 new articles on contemporary art from 10 emerging writers: On Being Curious is a book telling the story of the North-West’s contemporary visual art scene, yet contributes to national and international debates around what it means to make powerful, arresting and effective arts practice.
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is launching a new annual arts prize thanks to a public grant from the Arts Council England and sponsorship from the business community. The prize is open to practising semi-professional and professional artists working or living in one of the 10 local authorities across Greater Manchester.
Launch Pads are short exhibitions/performances/events that punctuate Castlefield Gallery’s main exhibition programme providing artists and curators with the opportunity to use the gallery as a test bed for the production, display and consumption of contemporary art. Launch Pads will feature emerging talent selected from CG Associate members’ submissions (two or three times a year) and the BA and MA contemporary art courses (Interactive Arts and Fine Art) at Manchester School of Art (once a year).
Work/Leisure is a pilot programme of five residencies, inviting emerging and mid-career artists to work alongside the community of resident artists based at Abingdon Studios, Blackpool.
Modern History Vols. II and III are distinct group exhibitions, guest curated by internationally respected curator Lynda Morris, who has selected new commissions and existing works by national and international contemporary artists based in the North West. nitiated by Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW), the Modern History exhibition series promotes the talent of contemporary artists living and working in the North West.
Blaze and Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West (CVAN NW) are looking to contract an expert in Podcasting to support a group of young people to podcast their responses to artwork displayed in three special exhibitions.
The Contemporary Art Society Annual Award 2014 has been presented to CVAN NW members the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, to enable a new artwork by Nathaniel Mellors.