Visual Arts South West Call for Steering Group Member

Deadline Sunday 17 December 2017

Visual Arts South West (VASW) is currently seeking new steering group members to support and steer the direction and development of its programme and Strategic Framework. We are particularly interested in artists, independent arts producers and arts professionals working across all levels of experience in the South West.

VASW is committed to promoting diversity in the visual arts across the South West and welcome applications regardless of race, gender, disability or class.

 

Background

Visual Arts South West (VASW) is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) initiated by the Arts Council of England. CVAN is a national consortium of artists, arts professionals and arts organisations in England dedicated to working together to find new ways to strengthen the visual arts, and to support the arts more broadly. Whilst every regional CVAN organisation has their own particular focus and identity, the purpose of the overall network is to connect people working in the visual arts with each other, and with professionals in other fields around the world, in order to share information, ideas and resources. We are dedicated to working together to realise a stronger visual arts for the benefit of artists, arts organisations and audiences, present and future.

 

Visual Arts South West - Vision

We want the South West to be a place where talented artists thrive; where extraordinary work is supported and success is enabled.

We are working towards a South West with a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

 

Steering Group

The Steering Group comprises 12 representatives of the Visual Arts Sector across the South West region which include a Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. It may also include additional members at the discretion of the group.

The Steering Group will represent the diversity, geography and practice of the visual arts sector in the South West to include a representation of NPOs, non-NPOs, museum representatives, artists and independents. At the end of a year, three members will stand down and a new member, selected from a call out to the sector, will be appointed by the steering group. Where possible, the longest standing members will automatically stand down.

 

Role of the Steering Group

  • To steer and drive the Visual Arts South West (VASW) agenda forward.  The Steering Group shares a common agenda, focusing on the need to strengthen the sector across the region, and not the needs of any one individual, organisation, practice or part of the region, but recognises diversity across the region
  • To be clear and transparent about objectives for the network, allowing open discussion within the group that is effective and responsive, and ensuring effective communication with the sector
  • To move forward quickly and with vitality, yet also with due care and consideration
  • To establish a structure for regional and cross-regional working.

 

The Steering Group will be required to undertake the following:

  • Be active and informed in South West and national visual arts activity, bringing your knowledge and expertise to the group
  • Attendance at Steering Group meetings (at least 75% of the 4-6 per year)
  • Contribution to discussion of agenda items and implementation of agreed actions
  • Review of and contribution to key documents
  • Advocate for Visual Arts South West at functions, meetings and events - representing the Visual Arts sector as a whole
  • Membership of sub-groups / attendance at meetings as appropriate (up to 8 per year)
  • Attendance at Regional Meetings
  • Contribution to national CVAN activities as appropriate.

 

Reimbursement and Term

  • A per diem to attend meetings will be offered to independents and practitioners
  • Reasonable travel costs will be covered for all VASW activity
  • A minimum term of one year will be expected of each Steering Group member.

 

Application Process

Please apply by telling us (in no more than 1 A4 side, including your biography):

1.         What do you see as the key issues in your network?

2.         What do you feel you can bring to the network?

3.         What would you like to see change/develop?

 

Please include a short biography, and note your main address.

To be sent to: gordon@vasw.org.uk by 17 December 2017

 

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Visual Arts South West (VASW) is currently seeking new steering group members to support and steer the direction and development of its programme and Strategic Framework. We are particularly interested in artists, independent arts producers and arts professionals working across all levels of experience in the South West.

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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