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Get involved!

VASW relies on the never-ending hard work and commitment shown by artists, freelancers and organisations across the region. As the majority of our content is used-generated, it is essential that we are able to offer quick and easy access to a wide range of jobs, funding and opportunities at the click of a button or swipe of a finger.

One of the easiest ways of keeping connected is by becoming a member. It’s free, and you can upload your own jobs, events and opportunities onto the VASW website, which in turn we promote strategically, across social media, in our newsletters and pointing artists in their direction. If you are not a member sign up now.

We would like to hear more of your voice, opinion and personality. There are a few ways you can get involved:

Instagram takeover
We’ve rebooted the VASW Instagram account and you can run it. You will be in charge as you take over the account for opening nights, conferences, in the studio, or just letting your hair down, as we get an up-close-and-personal look at what you do on a day-to-day basis. If we get pictures of your cat walking over your tax return or a million selfies, then so be it. If you are interested in taking part, promoting yourself, your event or organisation, then get in touch and get snapping.

#MyStudio We are investigating what studio provision is in the South West. We want to know what a studio looks like, what is it for, and what studios will look like in five, ten or fifteen years' time. Let us know what you think. Show us (and lots of other people) your studio or work space. It may be in a large studio complex, it may be a desk at home, it may be outside or online. We want to see your space and the stuff in it, from paint splattered shoes to cluttered desk tops and chewed pen lids, send us your pictures via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  #MyStudio

Postcard from…
The South West is the largest UK region, so it can seem difficult to keep in touch. VASW is lucky enough to offer bursaries but we are always interested in what you are doing where you are, where you are visiting, or just a friendly hello. Send us a virtual postcard with an image (up to 200 words) from wherever you are. Post it on our Facebook page, a link to your blog, or email us.

VASW relies on your news and opportunities and sharing that information quickly. What could we change? What do you want VASW to do for you as an individual artist, organisation or region? What do you want to see as part of our future programme or potential conference themes? What do you want us to be? We want to respond to your needs while leading on issues important to the visual arts in the South West. We look forward to hearing your views!

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

Sculpture Class at Bath Artists' Studios

Bath Artists' Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3AJ

Thursday 07 September 2017 – Thursday 14 December 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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