The Visual Arts Alliance was formed during the pandemic to offer direct and urgent support for the sector. A group of support organisations from across the UK came together to ensure that the value and importance of artists, art workers and the sector as a whole was recognised and protected at a time of national crisis. To date, the Alliance has generated the following programmes of work: 

Proposed Mission and Values
  • Protect and promote the value of the visual arts sector and push for dedicated support for artists, makers, creators and freelancers who make art happen 
  • Instigate systemic change within the sector, addressing inequalities by dismantling institutionally negative attitudes to class, race and sexuality
  • Continue our urgent shift to environmentally sustainable practices, supporting our communities by sourcing skills, fabrication and materials locally
  • Work towards a circular economy where artists, organisations and institutions are a significant and sustainable contributor to our common wealth
Sector objectives
  • Ensure an unwavering, long-term commitment to social and climate justice across all levels of the national ecology of artists, artist-led initiatives, small-to-medium organisations and institutions
  • Set standards / promote art world best practices around payment, commissioning and valuing artists and their rights
External objectives
  • Advocate for the importance and value of the visual arts and artists
  • Campaign for sustained public investment in the sector and artists
  • Develop and communicate policy ideas that are beneficial for the sector and artists
Members (to date)

a-n The Artist Information Company; Artquest; Axis Web; Black Curators Collective; CHEAD Council for Higher Education Art & Design; Creative Workspace Network; Curator Space; Nine CVAN regions; DACS; ENGAGE; Guild, Easy St Arts; International Curators Forum; IXIA Public Art; Migrants In Culture; Plus Tate; RED EYE Photography Network; SCAN Scottish Contemporary Art Network; Visual Artists Ireland; Visual Arts Group Wales; We Shall Not Be Removed

If you wish to join the Alliance, please email info@cvan.art