Our aim is to collaborate with artists, artist collectives, galleries, museums, non-arts organisations and educational institutions to work together towards a resilient sector. As a sector support organisation, we seek to connect different agents working in the visual arts within our dispersed region and to reduce barriers between individual practitioners, organisations and funding. We see it as our role to analyse what our sector needs and evidence to our stakeholders that the already established and continuously developing field is worthy of sustained investment.
With our upcoming sector support programme, we are pursuing new models for resilience and changing attitudes of collaboration to benefit entire regional areas over select individuals. Our role is to also support the cultural sector to come together to deal with the continuing financial risks that affect artists, other independent practitioners, and small and medium-sized arts organisations.
Further information will be published soon about our plans and priorities in developing a regional programme.
The Reset: Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic
In collaboration with CVAN, The Reset series was a selection of webinars exploring the effects of COVID-19 and how the visual arts sector can safely recover from it. Listen back on the entire series featuring guest speakers from across the UK.
The Reset Webinar: Euella Jackson and Kamina Walton on Allyship
The Reset Webinar: Reopening of Galleries and Public Spaces
The Reset Webinar: What does social distancing mean to visual arts?
The Reset Webinar: Independent Artists and Practitioners
The Future Proof Series
On 20th September 2019, we invited artists, curators, arts organisations and audiences to gather for a day of discussions and learning. This event (titled 'Future Proof') had the goal of identifying and addressing key challenges of our region while establishing collective survival strategies for the future in perpetually changing conditions.