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Transition Group

Our Transition Group was convened in 2020 to assist CVAN South East on the path to becoming an anti-racist network, in accordance with the commitment made by our network. It is able to recommend lasting changes to the structure of our network, ensuring that diverse voices are represented in the decision making around this important process. The Transition Group has provided insight and guidance on social justice and equity in the visual arts, examining the ways in which racism persists in our sector. It has informed our action plan on anti-racism, creating two permanent positions on our Steering Group designated for visual arts workers who identify as from the global ethnic majority.

The Transition Group incorporates artists and other visual arts workers representing a mix of diverse ethnicities, two thirds of whom identify as from the global ethnic majority.

Current membership of the Transition Group:

  • Kate Adams (Artist CEO, Project Art Works, Hastings)
  • Sonia Barrett (Artist, Hampshire)
  • Alli Beddoes (Director, Lighthouse, Brighton)
  • Dianna Djokey (Cultural Worker, Portsmouth)
  • Amartey Golding (Artist, Brighton)
  • Nadia Thondrayen (John Hansard Gallery, Southampton)
  • Susuana Amoah (Artist, Brighton/Arts Emergency)


The Transition Group has devised a survey to gather anonymous testimony of lived experience from people working in the visual arts. The group will produce a set of recommendations resulting from the survey responses, without identifying any particular individuals or organisations. These recommendations will be presented as an active document to our network and Steering Group, as well as being made public on our website to advocate change in the wider visual arts sector. 

Further updates will be available here soon.

You may also be interested in the Fair + Equitable programme led by CVAN England.

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