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Visual Arts South West Forums

VASW invites visu­al arts com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing and work­ing in the South West to attend a meet­ing ded­i­cat­ed to their local context.

Graham Johnson

Visual Arts South West wants to know what's happening in your region.

VASW invites visual arts communities living and working within or in the surrounding areas of Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Plymouth, Somerset and Wiltshire to attend a meeting dedicated to their local context.

Our region is vast and diverse, and the practices, activities, and networks vary wherever you go. These meetings are intended as forums to openly discuss and understand local priorities for sector support. This year we are focusing on the cost of living crisis and the removal of pandemic restrictions, and we want to know how these affect you and those in your local area.

Each meeting will be moderated by a host from your area who will bring an understanding of the nuances of its unique challenges and strengths. The conversation will inform VASW’s future sector support work, and we will share our findings and how we intend to address them.

VASW Forum Meetings

Thurs 5th May 2022, 2-3:30pm: Hampshire, hosted by Vickie Fear (Online) - Book here

Thurs 12th May 2022, 2-3:30pm: Wiltshire hosted by Nella Aarne (Online) - Book here

Weds 18th May, 2022, 2-3:30pm: Exeter, hosted by Matt Burrows (Online) - Book here

Tues 24th May 2022, 1:30-3pm: Somerset, hosted by Zoe Li (Online) - Book here

Weds 25th May 2022, 1:30-3pm: Gloucestershire hosted by Dan Guthrie and Nella Aarne (Online) - Book here

Fri 27th May 2022, 17:45- 19:30pm: Bath hosted by Kelsey Cruz-Martin and Jamie Eastman (In person, at Bath Spa University, Locksbrook campus) Book here

Tue 7th June 2022, 11-12:20pm: Dorset hosted by Rocca Holly-Nambi and Amanda Wallwork (Online) Book here

Fri 10th June 2022, 1-2:30pm: Plymouth hosted by Hannah Rose (Online) - (Postponed from 6th May) Book here

Fri 10th June 2022, 17:45- 19:30pm: Bath hosted by Kelsey Cruz-Martin and Jamie Eastman (In person, at Bath Spa University, Locksbrook campus) Book here

Weds 22nd June 2022, 2-3:30pm: Bristol, hosted by Graham MacLeod Johnson (online) Book here

Mon 27th June 2022, 2-3:30pm: Cornwall, hosted by Jane Sutherland and Tonia Lu (Online) - (Postponed from 17th May) Book here


In response to feedback from the previous VASW forums, this year we are pleased to offer small bursaries to artists wishing to attend and have their voices heard.

We encourage artists with limited financial resources, who may otherwise struggle to attend, to apply. Places are limited to 3 per forum, so please do consider if this is a particularly helpful resource for you.

A fee of £30 can be invoiced to VASW after the event, we are operating this on a first come, first served basis. To secure a place, email with your name and region you wish to attend.

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