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Why Art Works: The Value of Contemporary Visual Arts in Lancashire and Cumbria

Welcome to Why Art Works: The value of the contemporary visual arts in Lancashire and Cumbria. This is a comprehensive evaluative study of the economic, social and cultural impact of North by NorthWest members.

There are 2 versions of this report available on the links below:

 If you would like to discuss the report further or are interested in supporting our work please do get in touch.

Lindsay Taylor, Chair of NbyNW

Exhibitions Officer, Harris Museum & Art Gallery

For further information please contact our Administrator, Shelley Cater-Shipway at



Job Opportunity with NxNW

North by North West is seeking to commission a consultant to deliver a Leadership/Professional Development Programme for its Members.

Please click here for more information.


North by North West seeks a freelance administrator.

Please click the link for more details.


Job Opportunity with NxNW

North by North West is seeking to commission a consultant to deliver an Evaluative Study of the Economic, Social and Cultural Impact of its member organisations.

This piece of work will successfully capture compelling narratives and headline figures and findings presented in a high quality document. The final report will be both high quality in terms of its analysis and presentation of findings as well as the visual 'look and feel' of the published material for dissemination. The report will be launched publicly and disseminated both online as a downloadable PDF and in a printed format.

We envisage that the appointed consultant/s will adopt a mixed methodology based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis and case studies. The relevance and impact of this piece of work will necessitate expediency balanced with rigour, therefore we would anticipate work commencing on this piece of work at the start of 2011, with interim findings to be reported on early in the new year and final report produced by April 2011.

Application process: Applicants are invited to submit the following materials. Based on these submissions a shortlist will be invited to interview to discuss their proposal in more detail.

Your approach to this project will be outlined in a proposal which will include the following elements:

- An outline of your approach to responding to North by North West's brief, no more than 1 side of A4

- A work plan and budget outlining how you propose to deliver this, no more than 2 sides of A4

- CV & website link

- Up to 2 samples of relevant previous work and/or up to 2 references from previous clients

- Proposals from consortia of associates will be considered

- Applications should be emailed to

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Tuesday 7th December - Interviews will be held on Thursday 16th December 2010 at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston.

Budget: The total budget for this piece of work including design and print is £25,000

Please click the link for a full Project Brief and and please contact North by North West, Chair if you have any queries. 


News From North By North West

North by North West's next group meeting will be hosted by Art Gene in Barrow Cumbria. Our quarterly meetings are held at the different venues of group members in order to gain a better understanding of the work that each member organisation does and its context. Other meetings this year have been hosted at the Storey Gallery in Lancaster, Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, Grizedale Forest and at Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool.

Art Gene Research Trip: Hajime Mizutani (artist-in-residence) Japan, Emiko Kato (curator-in-residence) Japan, and Maddi Nicholson (Artist & Co-founder/Director of Art Gene) read a visitor book in the living room of one of the cottages on Piel Island, Barrow. Art Gene are currently working on a 'Sea Change'/ CABE funded project to refurbish the Pub on Piel Island: 'Pub as cabinet of curiosities'