What value do artists bring to society? What contribution can they make to enhance the quality of the environments in which we live? How can the work of artists be applied within health, social services and education?

Taking place on 3 March in Leeds, Contemporary Visual Arts Network’s (CVAN) event The Value of Artists: A National Conversation will explore the benefits that artists bring to society and how the arts sector can help make the work artists do more visible.

The free event brings together a panel of expert speakers with a delegate body of local, regional and national influencers, arts professionals and visual arts practitioners. It will also look at how artists working in all regions of the UK are producing work that reaches international audiences, and how artists have taken collective action to create new models of learning and support.

Delegates will also have the chance to input into new research data gathered by Axisweb about artists working in engaged practice or the public domain.

Initially focused on artists working in major conurbations, the database provides a valuable information resource for strategy, advocacy, and understanding how best to support artists and value the contribution they make. During the event, delegates will take part in the research by creating a data visualisation artwork or creative intervention based on the data.

Travel bursaries

To enable more artists and arts professionals to be involved in the discussion, a-n is working in partnership with CVAN to support a number of travel bursaries for a-n Members to attend.

If you’d like to apply, first book your place at The Value of Artists: A National Conversation.

Then e-mail Matthew Hearn at CVAN with ‘Value of Artists – a-n bursaries’ in the subject line. Include details of your travel costs in your email. He will confirm whether costs can be covered.

Please note, successful applicants will be expected to purchase their travel tickets in advance and reclaim cost of travel after event. Request for support is on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline for applications is 22 February 2016.

The Value of Artists: A National Conversation, 3 March 2016, 10.30am ‐ 4.30pm, Leeds Art Gallery. www.cvan.org.uk

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