At ISIS we advocate for the arts and aim to contribute to the strength and sustainability of the arts sector, both nationally and internationally. One of the ways we do this is through being an active member of a wide variety of networks as well as through sharing our wealth of knowledge in supporting artists and developing public arts projects that connect with audience across cultures.You can find details of some of the networks we are members of below:
The Turning Point Network is a series of coordinated regional groups of contemporary visual arts professionals involving around 2,000 individuals and several hundred organisations and is committed to supporting collaboration and collective action to strengthen the sector. It represents a diverse and vibrant ecology embracing a broad range of artistic and curatorial practice. The Network brings together its members to create a platform for collaboration and exchange so that they can share ideas and resources, improve their ability to deliver their work, and shape the future. ISIS Arts is a member of the Turning Point North East Steering Group playing a visual arts specific role and we are jointly delivering a lab in May 2011 to explore issues affecting the mobility of visual artists into and out of Europe.
Culture Action Europe is an advocacy organisation that promotes arts and culture as a building block of the European project. CAE aims to influence European policies for better access to culture across Europe and beyond by providing information and analysis on the European Union, offering cultural actors a space to discuss common positions, and develop advocacy actions towards policymakers. CAE’s mission to help cultural operators work together and organise their political representation is driven by the belief that access to art is a right of every citizen and investment in public art is key to a more cohesive Europe. ISIS Arts’ Co-Director Clymene Chrisoforou sits on the board of Culture Action Europe.
The Newcastle Culture Partnership is the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) for Newcastle and brings together a range of public, private, community and voluntary sector groups to influence regional cultural policy. The Partnership enables different arts and culture initiatives and services to support one another so that they can work together more effectively. The Newcastle Partnership is responsible for producing and delivering Newcastle's Local Area Agreement and Sustainable Community Strategy, of which the regional Cultural Strategy is a part.
The Visual Arts and Galleries Association aims to influence the external and strategic context for the visual arts, meeting the needs of the visual arts sector, and providing leadership and support to those working in the sector. As a community of interest VAGA’s shared expertise and high level advocacy secures a greater recognition and value for the visual arts across the UK.
Res Artis is a worldwide network of residential art programs, dedicated to promoting over 300 centers, organisations, and individuals in over 50 countries. Member organisations of Res Artis provide artists, curators, and creative people with residency opportunities framed within unique geographic and cultural contexts. Through Res Artis member organisations can engage with a global community of colleagues engaged in dialogue through face-to-face meetings as well as online. Since 1993, through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors, partners and friends, Res Artis has grown to become the largest network of its kind, promoting the role of residential art programs as a vital part of the contemporary arts world, stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding.
The Digital Women’s Network supports women to develop their digital skills in their professional and personal lives. The network links organisations and individuals so that women working with digital media can better access the support, training and contacts they need to progress in the growing digital industry. The Digital Women’s Network provides support and advice, a platform to showcase work, contacts, a route to training and development a directory bringing together people and projects and a voice to lobby. The Digital Women's Network was formed by women keen to increase the number of women involved in digital activities across the North East.
Intersections generates critical dialogue about public art practice and develops pioneering practice-based and theoretical research in this area. Intersections is a project which links Fine Art at Newcastle University with the wider cultural sector through events, research and generating debate. Drawing together practitioners, theorists, sector organisations, policy makers and the wider public, Intersections examines issues arising from the creative friction inherent in the interaction of public art practice, policy and public space. Intersections promotes its ethos of collaboration by working with artists and organisations outside the University to host events and develop research projects on carefully selected themes. Clymene Christoforou, ISIS Arts’ Co-Director, sits on the Advisory Group of Intersections.