The Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN) provides a voice for the region’s visual arts infrastructure and practitioners, aiming to strengthen the sector through a broad programme of activities that effects change in the profile, reputation and sustainability of the visual arts in Yorkshire & the Humber and beyond.
YVAN’s work is informed by its annual event Nourish which supports regional and sub-regional artist-led consultation and discussion. Issues raised prioritise programmes of work which fall under four themes: Sector diversity and relationships, Professional and creative development, Collaborative planning and action, and Sustainability.
YVAN profiles and advocates for the role of artists and arts organisations in place-making initiatives, highlighting innovative practice and case studies in urban, rural and coastal settings; supports events that develop innovative approaches to exploring sustainability and visual arts practice; provides continuing professional development support for individual artists and small-scale, artist-led collectives and organisations.
YVAN is funded by Arts Council England through a partnership with The Art House and is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network – whose ultimate goal is to nurture contemporary visual artists and organisations in order to produce internationally regarded, critically engaged work that is valued by our society.
Abstract Title: The Para Academy: exploring the space and dynamic between the University and the artist-led sector
This workshop will seek to explore the relationship of research and practice between the university sector and the visual arts ecology at a local and national level.
For background reading, please see http://artistledresearchgroup.wordpress.com
www.yvan.org.uk – @YVANetwork