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Professional Development

VASW Forums

Visu­al Arts South West hosts ten online meet­ings for the visu­al arts com­mu­ni­ty work­ing across the South West region.

As part of a broader sector support programme, Together We Will, 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 infrastructure and resources for maintaining visual arts practices, public programming activities, and professional networks varies between counties and local areas. These meetings are intended as forums for open discussion and their key objective is to map out our colleagues and peers’ priorities for sector support across urban and rural localities in our region, considering the long-term impact of both COVID-19 and Brexit on the visual arts sector.

Each meeting will be moderated by a local host, who will also minute the conversation for the purposes of informing VASW’s future sector support work.


All meetings are hosted on Zoom and free to attend, but booking is required.
Please book a place for the meeting in the area you are most familiar with.
Book your space on Eventbrite, the full details on how to attend will be shared with you on the day of the meeting.
Please note that all meetings will be recorded for archival use only, to help the meetings hosts note the key concerns, ideas and perspectives brought forward by the participants.


• Tue 13 Apr, 2.30-4pm: Exeter, hosted by Lara Goodband, RAMM
• Thu 15 Apr, 2-3.30pm: Wiltshire, hosted by Nella Aarne, Obsidian Coast
• Thu 21 Apr, 3-4.30pm: Dorset, hosted by Rocca Holly-Nambi & Amanda Wallwork, b-side
• Tue 27 Apr, 1-2.30pm: Bath, hosted by Jamie Eastman, Consultant and Freelance Project Director
• Wed 28 Apr, 2-3.30pm: Somerset, hosted by Zoe Li, Curator and Eastville Project Space
• Thu 29 Apr, 3-4.30: Hampshire, hosted by Vickie Fear, Aspex
• Fri 30 April, 2.00-3.30pm: Bristol, hosted by Paula Orrell, VASW Network Manager
• Tue 11 May, 11am-12.30pm: Gloucestershire, hosted by Jo Leahy, SVA
• Tue 11 May, 2.30-4pm: Cornwall, hosted by Melanie Stidolph, Independent
• Wed 12 May, 11am-12.30pm: Plymouth, hosted by Hannah Rose, LOWPROFILE and Plymouth College of Art
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