We aspire to be the ‘voice of the visual arts’ in the region.
YVAN seeks to act in the interests of the region’s visual arts infrastructure and practitioners.
We seek to effect change in the sector through a broad programme of activities. In the past two years, these have included:
The Artists’ Journey annual conference at Sheffield Hallam University in partnership with Sheffield Institute of Arts, bloc projects and Making Ways.
Social Art Summit 2018 – YVAN brought New York-based Interference Archive to present at the inaugural Social Art Summit in Sheffield.
Culture Community Creativity conference with University of Huddersfield in partnership with ROTOR.
Practice based PhD at Sheffield Hallam University: Critical arts practice and social change
Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts seminar in Coxwold, North Yorkshire in partnership with Chrysalis Arts.
The Arts Development Fund: a programme of micro-grants for artists to develop their skills, open new markets and embark upon projects that they would not otherwise be able to consider.
The Cultural Entrepreneur Programme involved free public events to help creative and cultural entrepreneurs in their marketing, communications and market reach.
Making A Living From Art – a seminar offering arts practitioners practical advice to build markets for their work.
YVAN provided free transport for artists to get to the Art Party Conference and commissioned two videographers to document the day and interview delegates.
Resilience is Futile collaborative publication with Corridor8. Interrogating the commonplace use of the term ‘resilience’ and what it really means for practising artists in the region.
NOURISH programme of curated conversations.
Museums Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief – support programme for organisations from across the sector in the North to secure funding from HMRC’s MGETR scheme.
Northern Bridge Research Placement – a six-month research placement working with the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership investigating the concept ‘North’ as it applies to visual arts.
Nothing Will Stop Us – a conversation about the creative case in Yorkshire’s visual arts sector.
Commissioned to edit the last of the four ‘Untitled’ magazines being published in the run-up to the British Art Show.