About VASW


Visual Arts South West has been kindly supported through Managed Funds from Arts Council England from 2010-12.  Since 2012, VASW has run it's programme through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts funds in partnership with organisations across the region and UK. We raise additional finances through consultancy services, and through charging for some events and services. 

If you would like to support our work, please contact Network Manager, Gordon Dalton, [email protected]

What recipients, participants and members of our network say about us:

"The help and support you have given is invaluable to smaller rural players in the region we would feel more alone without the opportunities you have created by your presence and actions.  We are on the road to Charity Status and we feel more resilient its all down to you. "

"Visual Arts South West offers regional and organisation development through its website, the tools it provides, the workshops and seminars it instigates. For those starting out or established - it is an important factor in disseminating news, events and bringing sector information to a regional context. It is a coordinator and instigator of conversations, allowing peer-to-peer learning and collective sharing in physical spaces and this is hugely important to such a dispersed ecology such as the south west. "

"VASW's advocacy work is hugely important in addressing an imbalance that effects everyone in the southwest region. "

"VASW has been instrumental in my development as an arts professional, the workshops and seminars have been important lessons in considering all aspects of working in the cultural sector. I value VASW for its ability to work on a regional scale and to sustain critical conversations with wider importance. "


What's On

Groundwork: Steve Rowell, Points of Presence

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Eastern House, Old Cable Lane, Porthcurno TR19 6JX

Thursday 21 June 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019

Fabric Africa: Stories told through textiles

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 June 2018 – Sunday 19 May 2019

Phizogs - Bedwyr Williams at RAMM

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

Tuesday 17 July 2018 – Monday 01 April 2019

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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