About VASW


Visual Arts South West has been kindly supported through Managed Funds from Arts Council England from 2010-12.  Since 2012, VASW has run it's programme through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts funds in partnership with organisations across the region and UK. We raise additional finances through consultancy services, and through charging for some events and services. 

If you would like to support our work, please contact Network Manager, Gordon Dalton, gordon@vasw.org.uk.

What recipients, participants and members of our network say about us:

"The help and support you have given is invaluable to smaller rural players in the region we would feel more alone without the opportunities you have created by your presence and actions.  We are on the road to Charity Status and we feel more resilient its all down to you. "

"Visual Arts South West offers regional and organisation development through its website, the tools it provides, the workshops and seminars it instigates. For those starting out or established - it is an important factor in disseminating news, events and bringing sector information to a regional context. It is a coordinator and instigator of conversations, allowing peer-to-peer learning and collective sharing in physical spaces and this is hugely important to such a dispersed ecology such as the south west. "

"VASW's advocacy work is hugely important in addressing an imbalance that effects everyone in the southwest region. "

"VASW has been instrumental in my development as an arts professional, the workshops and seminars have been important lessons in considering all aspects of working in the cultural sector. I value VASW for its ability to work on a regional scale and to sustain critical conversations with wider importance. "


What's On


Aspex Gallery

Thursday 15 September 2016 – Friday 15 September 2017

Ilse Black at Aspex Guildhall


Saturday 01 October 2016 – Sunday 01 October 2017

Skeletons: Our Buried Bones

M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol, BS1 4RN

Saturday 08 April 2017 – Sunday 03 September 2017

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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