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 its 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 Paula Orrell [email protected]

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 and it's 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 affects everyone in the south west 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

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Sunday 15 March 2020

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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