Cultural Campaigning Network

On a quarterly basis CVAN attends the Cultural Campaigning Network group, a forum for UK cross artform campaigning bodies.

This is a forum where bodies can exchange intelligence and plans, changes in policy that affect the sector, and also agree mutual high-level campaigning messages at appropriate times (e.g. in the lead up to Spending Reviews, General Elections, etc.).

For further information click here - and see below for an update on the most recent meeting.


Cultural Commons
In October 2014, the two UK-wide organisations that specifically support and represent local creative cultural activity, Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, launched a major new initiative in response to the changing landscape of cultural provision in local areas. Our Cultural Commons sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity.  Ways based on the assets we already know we have and can deploy rather than beginning with a deficit in what we have lost or never had. For further information go to: or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @CulturalCommon

53 (63) Million Artists
53 Million Artists (soon to be 63 Million) is looking for partners beyond the capital and away from the arts to help us activate 'everyday artists' across the UK. Click for more information in this pdf link

Orchestras Everywhere
Association of British Orchestras have launched their Orchestras Everywhere campaign.

The Heritage Alliance have launched their Manifesto; to find further details on this and the details behind these points go to

The Crafts Council have also produced a Manifesto for further information and to download a copy go to:

Policy Changes:

Lobbying Act
CVAN members are  strongly advised to read this from NCVO on the Lobbying Act and registering with the Electoral Commission. This has implications for any organisation considering lobbying in the run up to the Election in May 2015. All organisations are encouraged to discuss it at Board level, even if the decision is not to register in the end in order to ensure the discussion has been documented. Click here to read:

Access to Work
The Independent Theatre Council have details on the changes to Access to Work and how they are affecting deaf and disabled artists. For further information go to:

What's On

Family Saturdays

Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan, PO1 3BF

Monday 01 October 2018 – Thursday 31 October 2019

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Jon England: Hour Hands

Market House Museum, 32 Swain St, Watchet TA23 0AD

Wednesday 27 March 2019 – Friday 08 November 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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