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.
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)
Steve Manthorp (Coordinator)
Robert Powell – Beam
Steve Swindells – University of Huddersfield
Jon Wakefield – East Street Arts
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
Latest News from Yorkshire & Humberside
Vital Signs is a one-off performance taking place on Friday 21 October which examines the interconnectedness of Durham Castle and its inhabitants.
Artist Jo Coupe talks about her work Vital Signs, produced as part of Meeting Point, a year-long project which pairs leading UK and international artists with museums in the North East and Yorkshire to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.
Beam is an arts organisation based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, working with Artists and communities to enhance places through the development of unique arts projects. Beam are seeking to appoint new Trustees to strengthen the expertise of the board to help deliver its new strategic direction.
Leading UK and international artists have partnered with nine museums in the North East and Yorkshire to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.
YVAN has been successful in winning the commission to edit the last of the four ‘Untitled’ magazines being published in the run-up to the British Art Show.
The Tetley is a fast-growing contemporary visual art organisation. The post holder will be joining at an exciting point in the organisation’s life and will play a major role in lead the development and delivery of a highly ambitious creative programme that brings cutting-edge contemporary art and learning together with innovative interpretation of Tetley’s Brewery heritage.
YVAN’s Nourish programme was a series of Curated Conversations held around the Yorkshire & Humber region. The programme was delivered by Clare Price and Kate Genever, who designed the events to enable and encourage a wide-ranging conversation about the factors that affect the sector.
In September 2014 Robyn Woolston exhibited her photography in São Paulo, Brazil, while contributing as a panel member to the International Solid Waste World Congress.
Turning Point becomes the Yorkshire and Humber Contemporary Visual Art Network! Focusing on supporting the rich and vibrant contemporary visual art community across the region we are celebrating this development through the announcement of a unique and experimental cultural entrepreneurs programme.