The theoretical underpinning of our work, and its location within contemporary visual art has been a constantly evolving and dynamic aspect of our artistic vision. The reality of securing that place, however is more problematic. Visual art made by, with and about people who have complex needs is most confined to outreach and education programmes. It is rarely given exposure to wider, mainstream art audiences. Over the next three years, our ambition is to move toward a sustained ‘placing’ of our work within mainstream contemporary art programming in the South East region.
We are developing and delivering a long term series of bespoke collaborations that promote deep and authentic relationships between visual arts organisations and people who have severe intellectual disability.
Art that references the experience of people who have severe intellectual impairment is rarely exhibited or featured in the curatorial programmes of galleries or museums. Through our collaborative actions we explore why this is through participatory art and actions that have the potential to increase awareness and effect change.Read more
|Contemporary Visual Arts Network
CVAN is a consortium of 11 coordinated regional groups of contemporary visual arts professionals across the 9 English regions. Through dialogues with curators, organisations, artists and galleries we are igniting an open and exploratory approach to the issues of diversity and excellence in the visual arts. We are working in partnership to explore how our work can be integrated into mainstream activities, events and exhibitions as opposed to education and/or access settings.Read more
Nutshell is a project in development. We propose taking the idea of a travelling temporary structure to another level, designing a multi-function, fold out mobile space in which we can curate installations and exhibitions as well as conduct events, film shows and hold workshops.Read more