VASW Regional Meeting 2014 - Notes

Our annual VASW Regional Meeting - 'Ambition and Resilience' was held on 27 November 2014 at RAMM, Exeter. It was attended by over 100 artists and arts professionals.

The day began with an introduction from Helen Legg, Chair of VASW and Director of Spike Island.   Helen set the context for the day and announced that VASW had secured money for the network through the Arts Council NPO agreement with Spike Island. The money secured will pay for the costs of the network coordinator and the steering group.

Grace Davies, who manages the VASW network and programme followed, giving an overview of VASW activity 2014 and future programme. Slides from her presentation can be found here.

Nancy J Clemance discussed how her writing had progressed through her participation on the VASW/ Arvon Critical Writing Programme, and effected change in a number of ways including her successful application to the New Opportunities Award and more. All of these projects were also made possible through skills also developed on the VASW Leadership Programme.

Catherine Cartright, artist and Director of Double Elephant Print Workshop talked about how her VASW professional development bursary and mentoring had enabled not only her practice to develop but had also been a catalyst for enabling several other projects to be realised.

Julien Parsons, Senior Collections Officer at our host organisation RAMM talked about how they work with contemporary art and artists. Slides from his presentation can be found here.

Andrew Proctor, Relationship Manager at Arts Council England (SW) gave helpful statistics, tips and advice about Grants for the Arts. His notes will be available to view here soon.

Pippa Warin, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England (SW) discussed the overview of ACE's strategy and the context in which we are operating politically, economically and publicly. The slides from her presentation are available to view here.

Jeanie Scott, Executive Director of a-n The Artists Information Company talked about her new position within a-n, how a-n aims to connect with artists and how we can work effectively as a network with resilience and ambition.

We broke into 4 discussion to discuss some of the issues facing the visual arts sector in the South West, centred around the topics of Talent, Connectivity, Infrastructure and Engagement. These discussions were intended to inform the development of the VASW strategy, the framework for this can be found here.

Notes from the discussion sessions are available to view here:

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