Over 2015 we've been supporting organisations and artists to explore ways to advocate better for the visual arts and make the case for what we do. We've done this through several different methods and projects.

Peer-to-Peer Advocacy Network

We supported advocacy development through a peer-to-peer advocacy network.

The network was intended to give representatives from visual arts organisations across the region the opportunity to discuss key topics around advocacy and share knowledge. We invited arts consultant Debbie Kingsley to facilitate these 3 sessions.

Throughout the sessions we discussed topics such as: Statistics vs Story, Audience Building, Board Development, Communicating Value and network sharing. 

National Advocacy

We are working with CVAN on a national visual arts advocacy campaign – and a advocacy document has been submitted to the treasury – making the case for continued investment in the visual arts.

We have shared information on the What Next? Movement, via the newsletter and have begun to share more national news and information via the newsletter. We have added a national round-up feature, using partner info from Arts Professional, An, Guardian, CVAN etc. We have actively supported knowledge sharing from national counterparts including opportunities, jobs etc through social media and website.

We have been promoting sign up to the #arts4britain campaign as well as BBC’s Get Creative campaign. We work with other networks to distribute information and have been promoting writing to MP’s.

Meeting with Ben Bradshaw MP - How to Engage MP's Better in the Arts

We secured a meeting with Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, and he kindly spent time with us answering our questions around how we can build better political support for the arts. We produced a document from this session, which offers tips and advice from the horses mouth about how to engage MP's better in the arts. Download it here.


What's On

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 December 2018

Portrait Art Sessions

The Old School, Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG

Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Wednesday 19 December 2018

Workshops at The Guild at 51

The Guild at 51, 51 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Thursday 03 May 2018 – Monday 31 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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