Young Artworkers’ Advisory Group

VASW calls for young artists and art­work­ers in South West Eng­land to join an Advi­so­ry Group as part of its sec­tor sup­port pro­gramme, Togeth­er We Will.

We are looking for eight young artists and art workers of ages 20–25 to join an Advisory Group focusing on structural challenges in our sector that disproportionately affect young people. The advisory group will meet online on 1 April and 6 May 2021 to discuss what support mechanisms young cultural workers deem necessary in order to access the visual arts in a professional capacity.

Young people need increasing support to access visual arts career paths, as the role of the arts is nationally diminishing in school curricula. Yet encouraging introductions to the sector, possibilities to showcase work, access to studios, support with fundraising and meaningful professional development opportunities with established organisations remain limited. At the same time, leadership in our sector remains largely fixed, whilst diversification of the workforce happens at entry level and on zero-hour contracts almost exclusively among those with university degrees.

The key objective of the Young Artworkers Advisory Group is to outline how young arts professionals would like to see the visual arts sector tackle key structural challenges to increase access to career paths.

Based on the outcomes of the two meetings, we will develop a programme, in networked partnership with regional organisations, to increase cohesive and sustained youth provision across the region that is accessible to all and reflects the main concerns, needs and interests of young artists and art workers.

Each Advisory Group member will attend two meetings on 1 April and 6 May 2021, and receive a stipend of £75 per meeting for their participation. Each meeting will last approximately two hours and no preparation is required. The meetings will be hosted by a dedicated facilitator, who will share the outcomes of the conversations with VASW.

Further information on the full Artworker Advisory Group scheme, as part of Together We Will, and how to express your interest can be found via the link on the right.