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The Art Party Conference 2013

Presented by Bob and Roberta Smith and Crescent Arts, Scarborough. In association with The Spa, Scarborough (SIV Ltd.)

The Spa, Scarborough, Saturday 23rd November, 2.00 pm – 2.00 am
£5.00 (plus 50p booking fee for phone/online bookings) 
£6.00 on the day
T: 01723 821888

On 23 November 2013, artists from across Britain will meet at the Spa, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, in a major arts event and national forum, The Art Party Conference, initiated by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, working with Crescent Arts and in association with Sheffield International Venues (SIV).

Contemporary Visual Arts Network are supporting this year’s Art Party Conference 2013,
which will be showcasing a wealth of artistic talent with opportunities for debating the future of arts and education. There will be artists’ interventions, performances, film screenings, music, readings, happenings, stands, stalls, speakers, the digital fringe and installations featuring artists including Jeremy Deller, Haroon Mirza, Cornelia Parker, John Smith and Mark Wallinger as well as the Art Party March, an evening of DJs and bands, and culminating in The Art Party Road Movie. 

Contemporary Visual Arts Network will be presenting a session at the Conference (details to follow soon) and also plan to take a stand to promote the work of the Network.

The Yorkshire and Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN), a regional partner of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) are providing transport for artists from Yorkshire and the Humber wishing to attend the conference.  Coaches will leave from Sheffield and Bradford on the morning of the 23rd and will make several stops in major population centres to take on additional delegates. The same coaches will return the delegates to their collection points in the evening. This service will be available to all artists from Yorkshire & the Humber who have booked places at the Art Party Conference.

Some other regional networks within CVAN will also be providing transport from their regions to the Conference and back – details of these will be posted here in due course.

YVAN also wishes to appoint two artist videographers who will record the day and conduct informal interviews with participants. Each of the two videographers will be assigned a coach.  They will conduct short ‘vox pop’ interviews with other delegates during the journeys to and from Scarborough and will take the opportunity during the day to capture the general atmosphere of the event. They will edit the footage they obtain into a short (8-15min) video and submit it along with all unused footage to YVAN. YVAN reserve the right to unlimited use of the video, re-edits of the video and the unused footage for the purposes of marketing YVAN and the visual arts in Yorkshire and Humber.

Artists working in video are invited to apply by email to by Sunday 15 September, explaining why they wish to be considered, demonstrating that they have the skills to carry out the work and linking to evidence of previous relevant work.  They should also indicate which of the two coaches they would prefer to be assigned to. 

The two successful videographers will each receive a fee of £400 and a delegate pass to the Art Party Conference
For further information about The Art Party Conference 2013, and how you can participate, please or email

The Art Party Conference 2013 press/media & PR: 
Jeannie Swales 07968 953737 / E: 

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Art Fund, DACS and Sir John Cass Faculty of Art (London Metropolitan University). We are grateful for significant support ‘in kind’, especially from The Spa/SIV Ltd., University of Hull, School of Arts and New Media, Welcome to Yorkshire and Yorkshire Coast College.

The Art Party Conference 2013 looks forward to support from a-n, Artquest, Artsadmin, Axis, British Council, BFI, CVAN, CAS, Create, Cultural Learning Alliance, Culture 24, Index on Censorship, Leeds College of Art, Leeds Met. University, Scarborough Museums Trust, Stephen Joseph Theatre, UAL, What Next? Yorkshire Sculpture Park and many more. 


TPWM Evaluation

In a follow up to our last post, which introduced Annabel Jackson's national evaluation of our network's activity in recent years. Today we are happy to introduce a more detailed evaluation of the West Midlands hub's work.

Click here to download the full report...

Key findings:

  • More than 80% of respondents said that TPWM has increased the awareness of opportunities for artists, and actually increased the opportunities for artists.
  • More than 60% of respondents said that TPWM has raised the profile of visual art in the region, strengthened networks between artists, creating a stronger sense of a community of artists in the region and increased critical debate. 
  • More than 50% of respondents said that TPWM has made the West Midlands a more attractive region for artists to work in.
  • 86% of respondents think that TPWM Midlands is making a difference to the contemporary visual arts sector in the region.  

National Contemporary Visual Arts Network welcomes independent evaluation

National Evaluator, Annabel Jackson

The National Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) welcomes the recent findings of their independent national evaluation undertaken by Annabel Jackson Associates.

What is clear from the report is that commitment to the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (formerly Turning Point Network) remains strong. 

  • 73% of steering group members who joined more than a year ago have spent more or the same amount of time on the network that in earlier years and have described this contact as positive. 
  • 91% of respondents felt that Knowledge Sharing is a strong element of CVAN’s appeal. 
  • 93% of Steering Group members plan to continue their involvement with CVAN in the future. 
  • 97% of Steering Group of members said that partnerships like CVAN are more or as relevant given the spending cuts that the sector continues to face and the relationship with ACE is becoming clearer as the Network develops. 

Steering Group members also said that the visual arts sector is less dependent on ACE to take the strategic lead as a result of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network which is slowly reducing fragmentation and increasing resilience and is moving to, communicating core messages about the value of and interconnectivity of the contemporary visual arts sector.

Godfrey Worsdale, Director of Baltic and Chair of North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network commented:

There are clearly more challenges ahead for the future of cultural provision, but it is apparent that those of us working across contemporary visual art see the immense value of collaboration and the exchange of new ideas. The findings of the most recent  evaluation of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network strongly demonstrate that these benefits are regarded as being an integral part of the sector’s sustainability.

Keith Jeffries, CEO of QUAD and Chair of East Midlands Visual Arts Network added:

This evaluation demonstrates the growing importance of CVAN to the sector. It shows just how successful the network has become in an incredibly short period of time. These are difficult times for all the arts but the visual arts in particular. Its reassuring to see that these networks are being used effectively to deal with the ever growing challenges for artists and organisations alike.

The National Chairs group value this feedback as it helps inform their work over the next 12 months, they also acknowledge there is always room for improvement, therefore CVAN plan to:

  • Continue to articulate and circulate at regional and national level CVAN’s mission, vision and values document that details what the Network’s role and function is
  • Improve our national linking up of our regional networks better by sharing news regularly through a newly created national newsletter that goes direct to not just our Steering group members but also the wider visual arts sector so that the work of the network is clearer to all. 
  • Ensure strategic consensus across the network nationally that can have purpose in the regions by sourcing input and feedback from our members when working at national level so that we can create a collective voice – creating an effective voice for the visual arts. 
  • We will work regionally and nationally to advocate for the value of the Contemporary Visual Arts using the Network as a platform. 

Click here to download the full report...