Visual Arts South West: Gloucestershire Forum

Visual Arts South West: Gloucestershire Forum

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Visual Arts South West wants to know what's happening in your region.

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VASW invites visual arts communities living and working within or in the surrounding areas of Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Plymouth, Somerset and Wiltshire to attend a meeting dedicated to their local context.

Our region is vast and diverse, and the practices, activities, and networks vary wherever you go. These meetings are intended as forums to openly discuss and understand local priorities for sector support. This year we are focusing on the cost of living crisis and the removal of pandemic restrictions, and we want to know how these affect you and those in your local area

Each meeting will be moderated by a host from your area who will bring an understanding of the nuances of its unique challenges and strengths. The conversation will inform VASW’s future sector support work, and we will share our findings and how we intend to address them.

About the hosts

Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose work often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. His work has been screened at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Focal Point Gallery, Obsidian Coast and the ICA, and he has previously worked as a submission viewer for London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival. He lives and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Nella Aarne is a curator and Network Producer at Visual Arts South West. As a curator, Nella convenes the Of Animacy Reading Group and co-directs Obsidian Coast, an independent project space in Bradford-on-Avon committed to artist moving image and feminist, environmentally sustainable practices. Her work considers the ethics of professional encounters, collaborative learning and redefined notions of productivity. She has worked with and contributed to projects at Residency Unlimited, New York; UmArts, Umeå University; Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga; Somerset House, London; ICA, London; Abandon Normal Devices; Spike Island, Bristol; Arnolfini, Bristol; and Glasgow International. In 2021, she was an Associate Lecturer on the MA Curating programme at the University of the West of England.


In response to feedback from the previous VASW forums, this year we are pleased to offer small bursaries to artists wishing to attend and have their voices heard.

We encourage artists with limited financial resources, who may otherwise struggle to attend, to apply. Places are limited to 3 per forum, so please do consider if this is a particularly helpful resource for you.

A fee of £30 can be invoiced to VASW after the event, we are operating this on a first come, first served basis. To secure a place, email with your name and region you wish to attend.


This meeting will be hosted online, using Zoom and live captioned with

The hosts will follow gentle online meeting practice:

  • Participants can choose for themselves whether they feel comfortable turning their camera on.
  • To minimise background noise, microphones will only be kept on at the time of speaking.
  • Participants can join the conversation by speaking and typing.
  • An outline of what will take place during the meeting (including break times) and any presentation materials (if applicable) will be provided in advance.
  • A meeting recording, a computer generated transcript and the contents of the associated text-based chat will be available for all participants after the meeting upon request.

If you have any specific access needs that you would like to discuss with us, please contact the VASW team at and we will do our best to support you with your requirements

About Visual Arts South West

Visual Arts South West is a sector support organisation. Our Mission is to advocate for visual arts and enable the visual arts sector to thrive in South West England.

Our core aims are to:

  • Raise the visibility of the South West's visual arts sector, both in the region and nationally
  • Advocate for diverse perspectives in our region
  • Address significant structural and systemic issues facing the sector
  • Develop a more resilient visual arts sector

We are an independent organisation part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network and based at Spike Island as part of their National Portfolio Organisation funded by the Arts Council England.

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