Turning Point is our 10-year strategy, launched in 2006, for strengthening the contemporary visual arts. It aims to increase the activity, reach and engagement of the visual arts and to secure a national network of venues and development agencies providing high-quality visual art programmes.

Between 2008 and 2011 we will lay the foundations for putting the rest of the Turning Point goals into practice. A key part of this will involve setting up regional strategy groups, with representatives from our regularly funded organisations, visual artists and others; these groups will give visual arts organisations a voice, share their knowledge and help them work better together.

We will foster innovation and excellence through a variety of projects, such as international exchanges and developing opportunities for new digital media in artistic practice, display and distribution, and audience development.

Our work includes:

  • extending the Inspire fellowship for Black African, Caribbean, Chinese, South Asian and South-East Asian curators aimed at boosting their presence in museums and galleries
  • a significant artwork as the centrepiece of the public art strategy for Portland/Weymouth – host of 2012 Olympic sporting events
  • working with the National Trust to improve access to public art
  • enhancing Liverpool’s reputation as a visual arts centre of excellence, both nationally and internationally
  • launch of Firstsite in 2011 in Colchester, the largest contemporary art gallery in the east of England
  • increasing artists’ commissions
  • supporting artists through a number of workspace, market and career-development initiatives
  • raising the curatorial and business skills of organisations and individuals in the visual arts