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.
Have you got a job or paid employment that supports your creative practice? Does it get in the way of you making work? Could it nourish it instead? In partnership with Castlefield Gallery and Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Redeye present a day of talks, discussions and workshops encouraging photographers, artists and makers to draw inspiration for their personal practice from other paid and commercial work.
On 17 January 2018 Crafts Council are holding a career start up event at Grizedale Forest, which aims to provide information and skills development for amateurs and early career professionals looking to set up and structure a creative business from their artworks and designs.
Lancaster Arts are currently looking to appoint a new Creative Administrator, who will coordinate the day to day running of the organisation.
Open Eye Gallery is seeking a credible and ambitious professional, with a track record in fundraising and, preferably, partnership development, who can contribute at a high level to their future sustainability.
Organised by The International 3 on behalf of Contemporary Visual Art Network North West (CVAN NW), Fair Cities takes place once again at The Manchester Contemporary. Join them for a presentation from Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and a Q&A chaired by Paulette Terry Brien, Co-Director of The Interational 3, Salford, that will explore and examine the motivations for and impact of public, private and corporate collecting.
Jamboree is a four day artist-led professional development event taking place at Dartington Estate in Devon. CVAN NW and other organisations across the country are offering bursaries to attend the event.
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.