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The West of England Visual Arts Alliance

The West of England Visual Arts Alliance

Asmaa Jama and Gouled Ahmed, 'Except this time nothing returns from the ashes' (2023). Installation View at Spike Island. Photography by Dan Weill



The West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA) was established in 2021 to positively change in the visual arts sector in Bristol and the West of England.

Funded by the Arts Council England, WEVAA is a consortium partnership of nine organisations, co-lead by Spike Island and Visual Arts South West. It includes the Bath Spa School of Art, Film and Media, Bristol City Council, The Brunswick Club, Creative Youth Network, North Somerset Council, Super Culture, and UWE Bristol.

Since 2021, WEVAA has been delivered a three-year programme of activity with the aim of supporting visual arts progression in the region, with the collective vision for the visual arts community in Bristol and the West of England (the geographical triangle of Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare) to become more progressive, sustainable and inclusive by 2024.

The programme aims to transform the region into a place where the visual arts can thrive, providing critical opportunities and support to enable diverse local artists, curators and young people to develop their careers and achieve their potential.

Advocating for the visual arts in the context of the region’s strategic development, WEVAA aims to demonstrate the impact of the visual arts on regeneration, well-being, and economic and community development.


Spike Island, a key delivery partner of the alliance, has been delivering several core strands of the programme, including commissioning, artist development and support, and awarding annual Engagement Fellowships and artist bursaries.

We have delivered the following: