The Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN) works to provide a voice for the region’s visual arts sector.

YVAN is funded by Arts Council England through East Street Arts and is a regional partner of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network.  Our Steering Group is drawn from the region’s community of visual artists and visual arts professionals and includes creative practitioners, independent professionals and members of visual arts organisations, all working voluntarily on behalf of the sector.

The Deer Shed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park © 2013 YSP

The Deer Shed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park © 2013 YSP


Our Priorities

Our work is informed by the themes and priorities set out in the YVAN Strategy. These are:

  • Theme 1: The sector’s diversity and relationships
    • Priority 1: stronger relationships between the visual arts and non-arts sectors
    • Priority 2: understanding our diversity and connecting to other regions
  • Theme 2: Professional and creative development
    • Priority 1: developing a learning environment for the visual arts
    • Priority 2: resources for practitioners and organisations
  • Theme 3: Collaborative planning and action
    • Priority 1: developing connections
    • Priority 2: creating opportunities through partnership
  • Theme 4: Audience engagement
    • Priority 1: reaching our audiences
    • Priority 2: stimulating the commercial art market

Current Steering Group members

Sue Ball – MAAP
Paul Digby – Independent artist
Rick Faulkner – Chrysalis Arts
Adrian Friedli  (Chair)
Kerry Harker – The Tetley
Steve Manthorp (Coordinator)
Louise Miller - Leeds College of Art
Steve Pool – Independent artist (vice Chair)
Robert Powell – Beam
Nick Taylor – East Street Arts


Our Work

YVAN’s project portfolio includes:
•    A programme of seminars on topics vital to the visual arts sector
•    The Creative Entrepreneur Programme, an intensive, practical mentored training programme for cultural entrepreneurs
•    The Arts Development Fund, a programme of micro-grants for artists
•    Nourish, a programme of curated conversations
•    Support for the Yorkshire region’s What Next groups


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