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The Visual Arts Gain A New Voice

Turning Point Yorkshire & Humber

‘The arts are an essential part of life, communicating ideas, feelings, and experiences. By working together we will help them to survive and thrive.’ This is the message from visual arts professionals across Yorkshire and Humber.

The new strategy, ‘A Voice for the Visual Arts’, has just been launched by Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber (TPYH), a voluntary steering group who aim to develop a new and dynamic force for the visual arts in the region. They include visual arts professionals from some of the region’s most respected arts venues such as the ‘Yorkshire Sculpture Park’, ‘The Hepworth Wakefield’ and  ‘Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery’ working alongside artist groups, public art specialists, and a variety of artists and arts organisations.

Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber hope that their Strategy, A Vision For The Visual Arts, could help the visual arts to survive the biggest cuts they have ever faced.

Karen Watson, Chair of TPYH is keen to involve new participants across the region: “The strategy is part of a long term campaign and we are inviting artists, stakeholders and organisations to join us, by adding their voice as collective support.”

The Strategy is guided by a set of three key aims:
-        That the visual arts will thrive in this region through collective vision, strength, collaboration and profile. The sector will benefit by working  together to deliver shared ambition.
-        To make the arts accessible to meaningful participation and enjoyment by a diverse range of people visiting and working in the region.
-        To encourage practitioners to stay and be attracted to a region which can offer a range of resources for the development of skills, creativity, production, exhibition and critical debate.

Peter Murray, Executive Director of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) adds: “Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber has cultivated a welcome new spirit of collaboration within the region, and YSP is delighted to be involved as the strategy moves forward. The essence of the strategy is the united voice, which speaks for the region and for the visual arts as a whole, galvanising support through the difficult times we all face. This enthusiasm reflects the strength and richness of visual arts in Yorkshire and the Humber and our vision for how access to art can be a meaningful and unforgettable part of people's lives.”

Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber is part of the Turning Point Network, being developed with Arts Council support as a national network of regional visual arts groups made up of individual artists, independents, and organisations who share a stake in the future development of the visual arts sector.

Turning Point Yorkshire and Humber are inviting artists, stakeholders and arts organisations to join them. Anyone interested can visit to sign up for online updates and download the strategy, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to join their email list and be invited to future activities across the region.

Author: Creative Calderdale
Source: TPYH
Date: 7th February 2011
Images: TPYH


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