CVAN SE works collaboratively across its network members and the wider South East visual arts sector to collectively deliver a stronger visual arts offer for artists and audiences alike, developing partnerships, research projects, artists commissions and professional development.
Strands of activity are organised for Access and Audience Development; Artists support and Talent Development; and Resilience and Sustainability, delivered by a programme of sector specialist and intra-network knowledge exchange and seminars. It is founder and host of Frame and Reference, which profiles the best that the region has to offer in terms of internationally recognised galleries, graduate talent, artists projects and commissions.
A major part of its programme is the Platform Graduate Award. Established in 2012, the award is a £2500 bursary and mentoring programme, from artist Jonathan Parsons and drawing on the expertise of CVAN SE members, awarded to a graduate from one of the sixteen participating regional higher education partners. An alumni scheme delivers a support and development programme, the Platform programme as a whole working to support emerging graduate artistic talent to further their practice following graduation.
CVAN SE works as a sum greater than its parts to be an effective and authoritative network and voice for the visual arts in the region; supporting collaboration and raising the profile of the south east visual arts sector; facilitating development, growth and sustainability; and sharing knowledge and creating productive relationships.
It is organised by a steering and project groups from the membership, and network manager, Cara Courage and hosted by Modern Art Oxford. The Chair is Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford, and the Deputy Chair is Joanne Bushnell, Director, Aspex.
CVAN SE is comprised of (in alphabetical order):
AIR Artists Interaction and Representation; Aspex; Blast Theory; De La Warr Pavilion; Fabrica; John Hansard Gallery; The Lightbox; Lighthouse; MK Gallery; Modern Art Oxford; Pallant House Gallery; Photoworks; Project Artworks; Towner; Turner Contemporary.
CVAN South East was formerly Turning Point South East (TPSE), the first regional network to be established by Arts Council England in response to the publication in 2006 of its ten-year strategy for the visual arts, Turning Point.