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International Concepts & Models paper available to download

For the British Art Show 7 Finale Symposium, TPSW invited International Cultural Consultant Judith Staines to present some International Concepts and Models for Regional Programming. The paper from her talk, held on the 3 December in Plymouth, is now available to view and download here. 

This feeds into our ongoing discussion around Cross-Regional programming for the South West.


Organisational Mentoring Underway!

We are pleased to announce that the Organisational Development mentoring project is now underway. The successful applicants to receive mentoring are: 'In Our Element', the visual art programme for the Cotswold Water Park Trust; 'Reveal' - a consortium of visual arts organisations in Somerset; and Porthmeor Studios in Cornwall.

Each organisation will be given mentoring guidance by Ann Jones (Art Projects and Solutions) to help maintain and strengthen the level of quality in a difficult economic climate.  The aims of the project are:

  • Offer support to enable visual arts organisations to help themselves
  • Up-skill individuals from the sector to action change for resilience
  • To facilitate venues transition from existing to new business models
  • To pilot projects from which the other visual arts venues, regionally and nationally could learn
  • To maintain and support sustainable visual arts organisations in the region

The learning from the project will shared online and we look forward to hearing the outcomes! For more information please contact the Regional Development Coordinator, Grace Davies at



2+3 December, Symposium (BAS7, Plymouth) & Live Streaming

Concepts and models for regional collaboration and programming

As part of the BAS7 final symposium, Turning Point South West has invited international cultural writer and consultant Judith Staines to present 'Concepts and models for regional collaboration and programming' where she will highlight projects from across the globe of successful cross regional collaborative projects. This will inform our discussion around developing a visual art project for the South West. If you are interested to come along and contribute to the discussion, please follow the link.

The whole two day event will be streamed live. To watch online on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December see here:

Judith Staines presentation will be live streamed at 14.15 - 14.45 on Saturday 3 December.

Other contributions to the event include: Franco Berardi Bifo, Kevin Carter, Geoff Cox, Neil Cummings, Edith Doove, Freee, Joasia Krysa, Lisa Le Feuvre, Anya Lewin, Robert Jackson, Roger Malbert, Malcolm Miles, Vlad Morariu, Tom Morton, Andrew Prior, Helen Pritchard, Project Space 11, Edgar Schmitz, Stevphen Shukaitis, Judith Staines, Iain Stewart, Kuba Szreder, Tom Trevor, Magda Tyzlik-Carver,, Pieternel Vermoortel (FormContent), Clayton Welham, (whynotassociates)


Call for Participants

Testing New Ways of Working: Supporting Organisational Development

A Pilot Project, October 2011 – April 2012

This pilot programme gives visual arts organisations in the South West the opportunity to explore new models of working, test out ideas and share knowledge to become more resilient in a tough economic climate. The programme will offer participating organisations the expertise of a mentor to help identify and resolve areas of need within their organisation.

For more information please click here


News and Updates

Since Turning Point South West’s Regional meeting in May at The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre in Taunton the TPSW Steering Group has been working hard with our strategic partners to develop and refine our new programmes of work for delivery across the region.


ALIAS in partnership with Turning Point South West is well under way in developing and organising a programme of ‘Artists Hubs’. Practitioners and organisations will be invited to connect in facilitated informal sessions to strengthen collaborations, networks and partnerships across the visual art sector. Information will be available soon on the website


South West Regional Representatives for engage (National Association for Gallery Education) are working with TPSW to develop a South West Artist Mentor Scheme - SWARMS. This will be a structured regional programme of knowledge exchange for arts professionals interested in developing their work in socially engaged practice and audience engagement.  


Curatorial Network's current Editorial Board (Joasia Krysa, Paula Orrell and Zoë Shearman) is working with partners including Turning Point South West to secure funding for a programme 2012-2014. Future plans include research trips and residencies, an internship programme, development of the online portal and critical dialogues. 


The 'Understanding Audiences' project is well under way, and data is being collected from 15 visual arts organisations from across the region. A benchmarking report will be created and shared in December 2011.


Turning Point South West is collaborating with Plymouth Arts Centre to bring a one-off special event exploring ideas, opportunities and legacies within cross-regional events, biennials and festivals. With presentations from successful collaborative projects both locally and internationally, the seminar will focus on critical debate around multiple site projects and potential practical outcomes for the South West. The event will be held in early December in Plymouth, and we will update the site with details soon.


Contemporary Art Society will be bringing a group of representatives and members to Cornwall in October 2011. Turning Point South West will support this initiative with a one-off event for practitioners, curators and gallerists to meet with the visitors and create new connections, dialogues and share knowledge. If successful we hope to extend this type of opportunity to further areas of the South West Region.


Turning Point South West is looking to recruit new Steering Group members! If you are interested in coming on board, please contact the Regional Development Coordinator, Grace Davies on, or telephone 07812575480. The deadline for applications is 25 November 2011.