Become A VAP Activator

Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) grew out of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium, who brought the British Art Show 7 to Plymouth alongside lots of other city-wide exhibitions.

Visual Arts Plymouth provides a voice and a platform for the range of visual arts in Plymouth.  It connects grassroots activity with a larger city cultural plan and vision, and shares knowledge and ideas in order to effect change in the city. One of VAP’s defining successes has been the development of the Plymouth Art Weekender, taking place annually, since 2015, on the last full weekend of September.

It is our belief that Plymouth needs to celebrate the range of visual arts across the city, in all its forms, from the highly experimental to the traditional. Behind quality culture are creative people, who have ideas, imagination and a can-do attitude. We want to bring these people together to reimagine what the city could be and then look at how we can make it happen.

We are looking to expand VAP and bring in new, creative and imaginative ‘activators’ who are passionate about visual arts. People who are prepared to pull out all the stops to make change happen. We need team players and people who are willing to share ideas and knowledge, with an open, problem-solving attitude.

In order to extend the group’s diversity and effectiveness we hope to hear from people with a range of skills and perspectives, such as (but not exclusively): funding bid writing, legal, licensing and intellectual property expertise; business and creative industry links; and diversity and inclusion. If you feel that you can volunteer your time (approx 1-2 hours per week), add diversity and offer skills relevant for making things happen, then please apply.

Role of the Activators:

  • To steer and drive the Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) mission, which is under redevelopment, forward.  The activators focus on a common agenda to strengthen the sector across Plymouth and not the needs of any one individual, organisation, practice or part of the municipality, and recognises diversity across the city.  
  • To be clear and transparent about objectives for the group, allowing open discussion that is responsive and ensures effective communication with the sector.  
  • To move forward quickly and with vitality, yet also with due care and consideration.  

The Activators will be expected to undertake the following:

  • Attendance at Activators monthly meetings (at least 75% of the 12 per year).
  • Active contribution to discussion of agenda items and implementation of agreed actions.
  • Time, energy and skills in making key events a success (e.g. Plymouth Art Weekender).
  • Review and contribute to key documents.
  • Advocate for Visual Arts Plymouth at functions, meetings and events – representing the Visual Arts sector as a whole.  
  • Attendance at VAP Open Forum Meetings (one or two per year).  
  • Contribution to regional and national debates.  


The role of ‘activator’ is a voluntary one.

A minimum term of one year will be expected of each activator.

In exchange, you will have networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities as well as having a hand in transforming the Visual Arts in Plymouth.

Application Process:

A short statement (no more than one side of A4) introducing yourself and outlining why you would like to be part of the VAP activators and the attributes you will bring to the network.

A relevant reference contact.  This can be a current VAP Activator.

To be sent to: by Monday 3rd December.

All applications will be considered at the next Activators meeting (NB the next meeting is 4th December so a quick decision is expected!)