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TPSW Regional Meeting 

Here is a taster of the regional meeting held at The Brewhouse, Taunton on 17 May 2011


Connectivity, Diversity, Criticality - the photos!

The Turning Point South West Regional Meeting took place on the 17th May 2011 at The Brewhouse in Taunton with a packed agenda of speakers, discussion groups and sandwiches! 

Proposals were presented by our strategic regional partners, Audiences South West, Alias, Curatorial Network and Engage South West, of how they might work with us over the coming year. Our partners then led discussion groups which looked at the proposals themselves and the ideas around them. 

Post-lunch we had some inspiration from Alistair Hudson of Grizedale Arts, artist Steven Paige who spoke about artist-led and independent initiatives, and Claire Doherty of Situations who presented Nowhereisland the Artists Taking the Lead project for the South West.

See below for some photos from the day and discussion group break-down. There'll be more coming soon - including films of the speakers from Somerset Film.

Tom Trevor Chair TPSW Steering Group gives introduction to the day. 
Photo credit Tom Ketteringham.




Discussion Group with Tom Prater of Bristol Diving School, Paul Harper of Alias and Jacy Wall of the TPSW Steering Group. Photo credit Silvia Cataudo.





Discussion Group with Simon Morrissey of Works|Projects, Ceri Johnson of ACE and Amanda Wallwork of the TPSW Steering Group.
Photo credit Silvia Cataudo.




Invited speakers looking at different modes of collaboration, particularly in a rural setting - L_R Steven Paige, Claire Doherty Nowhereisland and Alistair Hudson of Grizedale. Photo credit Tom Ketteringham.




Discussion Group with Bryony Gillard of Project Space 11, Annabel Jackson, National Turning Point Evaluator and James Green of the TPSW Steering Group. Photo credit Silvia Cataudo.




Steven Paige respondent in a Collaboration break out group, with Tom Trevor of the TPSW Steering Group. Photo credit Tom Ketteringham.




Break out groups in the auditorium of The Brewhouse Arts Centre. Photo credit Tom Ketteringham




Tim Martin of TPSW Steering Group summing up. Photo credit Silvia Cataudo.





Carolyn Black, Jem Main, Amanda Wallwork and Marie-Anne McQuay of the TPSW Steering Group. Photo credit Silvia Cataudo.




DISCUSSION GROUPS - these focused on our four main areas of AUDIENCES, COLLABORATION, ECONOMY and CRITICALITY. We followed a format which ensured that each group had no more than fifteen participants and each session lasted for forty minutes. The discussion groups were repeated three times throughout the day so that delegates could attend three discussions. Summarizing notes from the discussions will be available soon!


 1. Engage SW (Helen Davies) - engaging audiences (access, outreach, dialogue & participation) + Caroline Mawdsley (ENGAGE) + Jem Main (Member of TPSW Steering Group)

2. Audiences SW (Jim Brewster) - understanding audiences (communications, press, PR & marketing) + Oliver Flexman (PVAC) + Carolyn Black (Member of TPSW Steering Group)


3. Curatorial Network (Zoe Shearman) - international exchange (research trips, residencies, seminars) + Katherine Daley-Yates (Ind. Curator + Situations) + Tim Martin (Member of TPSW Steering Group) 

4. Creative Skills  (Jane Sutherland)- local exchange (marketplace, seminars, peer review, mentoring) + Jo Leahy (SVA) + Marie-Anne McQuay (Member of TPSW Steering Group)


5. Ceri Johnson (Arts Council England) - developing markets (collectors, collections, selling, commissioning) + Simon Morrissey (Works|Projects) + Amanda Wallwork (Member of TPSW Steering Group)

6. Annabel Jackson (Turning Point Network Evaluator) - economic resilience (organisations, networks, NPO landscape) + Bryony Gillard (Project Space 11) + James Green (Member of TPSW Steering Group)


7. ALIAS (Paul Harper) – network hubs (knowledge sharing, resource sharing, ideas sharing) Bristol Diving School (Tom Prater) + Jacy Wall (Member of TPSW Steering Group)

8. Mike Hoskin (Dorset County Council)  – cross-regional projects (Cultural Olympiad, Regional projects, Open Studios) + Steven Paige (artist) + Tom Trevor (Member of TPSW Steering Group)


Regional Sector Meeting


 Date: 17 May 2011

Time: 10.30 – 18.00

Venue: The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton

Cost: Free  (limited places available). To book please visit  


This day provides a unique opportunity for people working across the visual art sector in the South West to come together to launch and mould Turning Point South West’s regional programme. TPSW aims to provide a

platform for collaboration and exchange across the sector, working with

existing networks within the region to share ideas and resources

The event will offer the opportunity to get involved with the national Turning Point network, and to find out about and feed into plans to realise Turning Point’s aims and objectives.  It will also be a chance to hear about innovative ways of working from other practitioners and organisations, and to share ideas and opportunities already taking place in our region.

Presentations from: 

Alistair Hudson, Grizedale Arts – on International Links, Local Social Engagement in a Rural Context

Steven Paige, Artist – on Independent Artist Initiatives and Exchange

ALIAS, Curatorial Network, ENGAGE, Audiences SW, Contemporary Arts Society – on how they will work as our regional partners to deliver a programme for Turning Point 

Opportunity to hear about the Cultural Olympiad Project nowhereisland from the Curator and Producer Claire Doherty of Situations

The event is free, but places are limited. To book please follow this link:  

For further information about the Turning Point Network see our website

 There will be a number of small travel bursaries available for freelance workers and practitioners on a first come first served basis. To apply for a bursary please contact the Turning Point Regional Development Coordinator on

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Understanding Audiences - Get Involved

Understanding Audiences

 Turning Point South West is working with Audiences South West to deliver a project that improves how the visual arts sector in the South West gathers, compares and uses information on public engagement.   The project, ‘Understanding Audiences’, will run through April 2011 – December 2011 and is being delivered across 6 regions in England and Wales.  

 The project will deliver a national training programme on gathering, comparing and using audience data. If you are an arts organisation interested in taking part in this project, please contact Jim Brewster on the details below. To make this training as good as it can be, we need insight into your training needs.   Please follow the link below to complete a survey designed to improve our understanding of your training needs.

 Deadline for returns is 25th March.

For further information on Understanding Audiences, contact Jim Brewster, Chief Executive, Audiences South West, 0117 927 6936, 07756 211 465, St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1UE,



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