YVAN Annual Report 2018/19
We have put together our Annual Report for 2018/19, read the full report here >>
Here’s a summary from our Chair, Sue Ball:
Our clear commitment to the artist and artist-led sector in the Yorkshire & Humber region was delivered and evidenced through an incisive programme of commissions, conferences and events, communication, organisational review and strategic partnership development in 2017–18.
The emblematic use of Yoke’s banner and slogan ‘Ideas Unify Us’ led the call for new working methods of co-production and engagement underpinned by evidence on sector impact. Looking for a closer alignment to the needs and aspirations of the artist, the organisation led or partnered a range of critical debate, consultative events and artist professional development brokered through partnerships between artist-led networks and university institutions.
YVAN’s strategic partnerships with the Higher Education sector, in particular Sheffid Hallam University, The University of Leeds / The Cultural Institute and Northern Bridge Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, facilitated opportunities for proactive commissioning of new research and artist-led peer learning with a resulting publication launched in 2019.
The meta review of YVAN’s independent project evaluation reports (2013–18) created a line in the sand and evidence of the on-going challenges for individual practitioners in engaging with other funders and larger arts institutions on a professional and psychological level. Commissioned by YVAN’s Board of Directors, it was the impetus to review and refresh its business case and consolidate a more transparent, resilient and porous organisational structure.
YVAN has a unique position to influence policy through its regional / national Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) partnership framework. This was operationalised by the CVAN National Director, whose role is to provide effctive lobby to Government and regional policy makers on the value of the visual arts to the UK economy. YVAN’s strong productive partnership across the greater north with CVAN NE and NW formed the fertile ground for new academic research partnerships and strategic programme development with HMRC and Arts Council England.
Sue Ball: YVAN Executive Chair
- Category Advocacy
- Posted October 19, 2019