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

Free art classes for over 50s

SPACE, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH

Sunday 06 December 0217 – Wednesday 28 March 2018

Radical Clay: Teaching with the greatest potters of the 1960s

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

Saturday 22 July 2017 – Sunday 10 June 2018

Robyn Denny at Newlyn Art Gallery

Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road Newlyn, TR18 5PZ

Saturday 23 September 2017 – Saturday 06 January 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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