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Turning Point in Yorkshire

  • Date: 3 December 2009
  • Area: National

Turning Point is the Arts Council's 10-year strategy for strengthening the visual arts in England, in partnership with the visual arts sector. As part of this process people working in the visual arts across the country have been coming together to form regional steering groups with a view to defining and delivering a shared vision for growth and change. A national network of these groups is currently being established.

In Yorkshire, an Interim Steering Group is guiding the initial exploratory phase of the Turning Point initiative in the region, including research and a programme of activities. Beam has been commissioned to support the group, coordinate activities and, with associate Sue Ball (MAAP), deliver some activities and produce a framework report at the end of this year.

Three regional curators – Anna Reid (Pavilion), Clare Lilley (Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Sarah Brown are also commissioned to deliver activities to inform the initiative. A draft strategy will be released for consultation in February 2010, with a final strategy produced in May.

All the events in the Turning Points programme have had a consultation aspect, capturing views via film, feedback forms, and questionnaires. The Interim Steering Group has also issued a 'Challenge Paper' to gather opinion across Turning Point key themes. Please spend 5-10 minutes taking up the challenge!

Further opportunities for involvement and consultation will follow in the New Year. More information can be found on Turning Point and on the Arts Council website