Critical Events

For this strand we will hold two large events engaging large audiences from the visual arts in the SW to discuss current, pertinent topics. In December 2015 the topic was 'Redefining Practice'. The event took a critical look at how practice is evolving; themes emerging, materials & presentation methods. The second event, in autumn 2016 will take place in Southampton.

Redefining Practice: VASW Regional Event 2015

This regional event asked the question What are the factors influencing the development of practice today? It explored some of the key drivers in defining the shape of the current contemporary art world, drawing on South West initiatives and beyond and how these fit in to the wider context with sessions on 'Art and Education', 'Writing, Curating and Making', and 'Modes of Practice Outside the Urban Centres'. It was intended to bring together members of the visual arts ecology to learn, discuss, network and be inspired.

The event was held in Ocean Studios Plymouth in December 2015. The event sold out within two days of opening bookings (120 places).  We deliberately overbooked as people often cancel (the capacity was 100). In the end 92 people filled the space.

We invited artists, curators, writers and educationalists to discuss the themes. Most of these were regionally based and offered a range of ways of working and thinking.

An evaluation report of the event can be downloaded here. Audio recordings and a written summary article can be found here

What's On

Empire Through the Lens

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 2018

Plymouth Art Weekender 2018


Tuesday 09 January 2018 – Sunday 30 September 2018

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 December 2018

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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