Contemporary Visual Arts Network: Co-ordinator, Fair and Equitable Programme

CVAN is seeking a passionate and dedicated visual arts professional to collaborate and work closely with the Consultant Producer, Dr Cecilia Wee, to support the smooth running of the Fair and Equitable programme. 

This role is part of the Baltic’s national sector development plan and is contracted through the charity, managed by the Director but sits outside the core business of the BALTIC Centre of Contemporary Art. 


CVAN Contemporary Visual Arts Network, England, represents and supports a diverse and vibrant visual arts ecology across nine regions from Cornwall to Cumbria. We are a lobbying and sector support organisation representing galleries, institutions, studios, artist-led spaces, artists, and art workers. Our role covers assets, infrastructure, and independent practice.

Rooted in regionality, our free to access network is a space for the visual arts to be heard, valued, and recognised so the sector can thrive. We mobilise, energise and support regions and arts workers to build momentum and advocate for the value of the arts. We collaboratively question, listen, participate, and discuss to deliver precise answers, taking this insight to influence policy change. We strive for fair and equitable practice.

CVAN England, the national network, is part of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and works with a national Visual Arts Alliance, University Alliance and across the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and Arts Council England. 

Wider Context 

During the pandemic, CVAN developed a Visual Arts Alliance of Sector Support Organisations, in collaboration with a-n The Artists Information Company, Artquest, AxisWeb, Black Curators Collective, Curator Space, DACS, Engage, the Guild, International Curators Forum, Redeye Photography, and many more sector support organisations. The Alliance is a new development to collectively work together to ensure our art form’s survival and deal with urgent sector reforms. 

Recent policy work includes campaigning to continue Museums and Galleries Tax Relief, campaign work addressing Higher Education Institution subsidy cuts and the value of the visual arts as an academic subject, the impact of Brexit, and specific funding as part of the next stage, the recovery for artists and art workers' livelihoods. 

The Role 

Job Title: Coordinator, Fair and Equitable programme 

Reports to: Consultant Producer, Fair and Equitable programme, CVAN National team

Salary: Freelance, £150 a day for 24 days over 4-5 months (1.5 days a week), with the opportunity to extend beyond this period

Location: Team members are based across England, working from home (there is also access to a desk space CVAN office in Bristol, if required)    

Hours: Flexible. Core team office hours are Monday 9.30-5.30pm 

Access: CVAN works to meet reasonable adjustments and access requirements of team members 

Duration of work: November 2021 - March 2022

Application Process

Deadline for applications to by Monday 18th October 2021 at 12noon.  

  • Please send a cover letter outlining why you are interested in this role and your relevant skills and experience (up to 2 pages of A4) and a CV of your experiences that you feel are relevant to this role - this could include work history, voluntary experiences or work in informal settings. You do not need to include your education history (up to 3 pages of A4). 

Please save your documents as PDF files.  

  • Or you can send a video/audio recording of no more than 5 minutes in length. We will not assess the production quality if you choose to apply using audio or video recording.

  • If you are applying via audio or video recording, please email us with your contact details. 

  • We are asking all applicants to fill in an equal opportunities monitoring form. As we are aiming to increase the diversity and representation of our team, it is helpful for us to reference equalities data. We do not anonymise this data, instead we will look at equalities data as part of our shortlisting process. 


All applications will be read by 2 members of the CVAN national team: Sarah Munro, Chair and Paula Orrell, Director. They will consider how each application meets the knowledge, skills and experience described for this role.

Interviews: on Zoom, Week of the 25th October 2021

If you are shortlisted for an interview, we will generally contact you by email to invite you to an interview. The interview will take place via Zoom with 2 members of the CVAN national team and a regional colleague. We will share interview questions with you in advance, usually the day before the interview. 

If you are invited to an interview, we will ask you for the names of 2 people who can be references. We will not take these up unless you are successful in the role. 

For more information about the role, email


If you require this recruitment pack information in a different format or need support in making an application or attending an interview please contact us at

CVAN is committed to inclusivity and developing equitable practice. This is a reflective and active process. We consider diversity a strength and are keen to make our workforce more representative of the different backgrounds and experiences that make up our communities. We acknowledge the multiple barriers that face many communities and we work to remove these in our programmes and our organisation. We particularly welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the UK arts sector, including those from Global Ethnic Majority backgrounds, those who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, are early in their careers and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds or living or working in areas of socioeconomic deprivation.

For more information or an informal conversation about the role email:

Expiry date: 
Mon, 18/10/2021
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