REVIEW OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS: STRUCTURE AND LEADERSHIP
Directors: Sheila Galloway (CEDAR) and Robert Lindley (IER)
with: Rhys Davies, Heike Behle (IER) and David Owen (CRER)
In 2005 Arts Council England conducted the first ever national Review of the Presentation of the Contemporary Visual Arts: Structure and Leadership. It aimed to provide evidence from which to develop a framework for a national strategy and a stronger sector. The contemporary visual arts covers a very wide range of art forms including artists' film and video, crafts, live art, photography and new media arts, and education and critical debate. The Warwick team was commissioned to carry out one of the four major research projects being undertaken as part of the Review. We focused on professional development, careers and employment giving particular attention to under-representation, we drew on a review of previous research, two new surveys of employers and the workforce, five group interviews at different regional locations and individual interviews.
A final report of December 2005 Galloway et al was published in June 2006 and is accessible on Arts Council England's website www.artscouncil.org.uk/pressnews/press.php. A separate strategic paper is also available: 'Working in the Presentation of the Contemporary Visual Arts: Key Challenges for the Sector". The policy document which resulted from the review is called 'Turning Point'; this can also be downloaded from Arts Council England's website.