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Leadership, Announcement

Four new Artist Members in the VASW Steering Group

We are delight­ed to wel­come four new Artist Mem­bers to the VASW Steer­ing Group: Nazneen Ahmed, Abbi Bayliss, Yas­min Joan Qureshi and Han­nah Rose.


There could not be a better way to envision thriving and equitable futures for artists in all stages of their careers, than working with brilliant emerging and mid-career artists who are committed to supporting their regional networks and to bringing long-term structural change to our sector.

Our priorities for the next two years include developing an intersectional strategy for sustained talent and career development for artists in the South West, with a range of regional partners committed to this work. At the same time, we are working to improve the regional offer for young arts workers entering the sector, and to change the culture of boards by giving space to and amplifying the voices of young leaders.

These appointments are an outcome of VASW’s long-standing aspiration to bring artist voices to our Steering Group as a paid opportunity, and we are excited to make this vision a reality. We hope that you will join us to celebrate our new Steering Group members as we embark on our collective journey.

Find out more about our new Steering Group members below.

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Nazneen Ahmed is a socially engaged visual artist and writer and lives in Southampton. Her practice is often inspired by the theme of migration, which was the topic of her work as an academic researcher and historian at University College London and the University of Oxford. She is currently Writer in Residence with the Southampton Stories project at Southampton City Museums and has held residences at John Hansard Gallery and Southampton City Libraries in the past. She is a trustee of A Space Arts. For her writing she is represented by Louise Lamont at LBA Books.

Working as an Artist and Illustrator, Abbi Bayliss has exhibited in venues all across the South West, including her own solo exhibition earlier this year. Ranging from her monochrome digital portrait illustrations to her colourful commissions, Abbi aims to use her artistic voice and platform for change.

Yasmin Joan Qureshi is a Bristol based artist and creator of project Red Telephone. Her work looks at finding processes to document personal experiences challenging or otherwise through visual art, conversation and art & therapy workshops. More details on Red Telephone can be found at redtelephone.org

Hannah Rose is one half of the artist duo LOW PROFILE (est 2003) with Rachel Dobbs and is based in Plymouth. LOW PROFILE make ambitious and engaging artworks in response to specific contexts, carefully shaping audiences’ experiences, putting them at the centre of their work.

Hannah is the Curator at Plymouth College of Art, establishing the gallery in 2006 from scratch to become a regionally and nationally recognised programme. In her role, Hannah has chaired and been an active partner in Plymouth Visual Arts Programming Group (2017-19) & PVAC (2009-2013), helping to shape city-wide strategic partnership projects like We The People Are The Work, and bringing the British Art Show to Plymouth.

Hannah is also a founding director of CAMP CIC, has been a board member for Take A Part and is a regular supporter of other artists’ professional development.

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See the whole VASW Team and Steering Group on our About page.

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