About VASW


We want the South West to be a place where talented artists thrive; where extraordinary work is supported and success is enabled.

We are working towards a South West with a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Read our strategy framework



Visual Arts South West (VASW) is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN)* initiated by the Arts Council of England. CVAN is a national consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in England dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts, and to support the arts more broadly. Whilst every regional CVAN organisation has their own particular focus and identity, the purpose of the overall network is to connect people working in the visual arts with each other, and with professionals in other fields around the world, in order to share information, ideas and resources. We are dedicated to working together to realise a stronger visual arts for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and audiences, present and future.

Read more about CVAN
List of CVAN organisations

*CVAN was formerly known as Turning Point Network

VASW and you

VASW and the wider CVAN organisations are a network that thrives on collective input and a shared vision for success. This collective input has to come from within the sector; we encourage visual arts professionals to work with our Director and Steering Group to help ensure that the network meets its full potential.

You can support VASW by being part of our Steering or Working Groups, or by using the network as a platform to share knowledge of best practice and information. VASW can be a first port of call if you are looking to share knowledge, keep up-to-date with sector news and events, connect with other like-minded professionals or seek out collaborators or partners for projects in other regions.

Ways that you can be involved in VASW and CVAN

Look out for opportunities to apply to join the VASW steering group to help shape and guide the organisation.

You will find these call-outs, as well as the latest news, events, jobs and opportunities, on our website and in our monthly newsletter. For more frequent signposting via our social media sites, ‘like’ our Facebook page or follow @VisualArtSW.

You can also subscribe for regular updates via the CVAN national newsletter.

You can apply to take part in one of our programmes or attend one of our events, including our annual regional meeting; usually held in the Autumn, this meeting is a chance to hear about our activities, have your say in informing our programme and take part in this exciting networking opportunity for all in the sector.

Simply using this website regularly will provide you with timely access to information about the visual arts sector. You will be able to see what programmes of activity are being undertaken regionally and stay up-to-date with news from the South West’s arts organisations.

Arts organisations and artist-led projects can register to be listed in our dirctory and everybody is welcome to set up an account to share visual arts news stories, events and jobs and opportunities. All user-generated content benefits from promotion through our social media sites. With over 55,000 unique visits a month the VASW website is the regions go-to visual arts hub.

We welcome your feedback and feature ideas. Please contact the site’s editor.



We are very grateful for the on-going support of Arts Council England, who have supported our work over the last four years. Currently we are delivering a one-year Arts Council 'Grants for the Arts' funded programme, with partnership support from a number of our membership organisations, Universities and other partners.

We are always keen to extend our reach and work with new partners and organisations to deliver shared objectives. If you have a project that fulfils our aims and objectives that you think may be of interest to us to partner on, then please do get in touch with the VASW Network Manager, Gordon Dalton.


Find out more about:
our programme
who we are
about CVAN
CVAN Organisations


What's On

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Sunday 15 March 2020

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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