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GDPR Workshop Report

17th Jan 2018

CVAN South East is still interested to hear from visual arts organisations in the region about any issues they have with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Communications and Development Managers from 12 organisations in our network attended a workshop last week in preparation for the new regulation, which comes into effect on 26 May 2018. The bespoke workshop was delivered by The Audience Agency at their London office, and provided free of charge by CVAN South East.

Aleida Strowger, Communications Manager at Lighthouse in Brighton, said:
“Rhiannon’s advice was extremely useful. It was great to have the opportunity to discuss how GDPR will impact arts organisations in particular. Also, hearing from other organisations, at different stages of their GDPR compliance preparation and implementation, was both informative and reassuring.”

Sally Ann Lycett, Director of External Relations at De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex added:
“I thought it was a great workshop and really helpful to get down straight away to the questions that people really wanted answers to, in an informal and friendly environment.”

The session explored GDPR with a particular focus on the implications of data capture for visual arts organisations, the majority of whom are un-ticketed. We looked at what processes organisations may need to put in place, what methods of data collection can continue to be used and how communications with individuals will need to be dealt with moving forwards.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) are providing information to third sector organisations, including a handy ’12 steps to take now’ document and a self-assessment tool.

Image: Satellite Interaction, Platform installation at Turner Contemporary © Layla Moore, 2015. Image courtesy the artist.

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