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)

About Us

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:

Critical Writing
Artist Development
Young People

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.