by Tony Nickson

A lot has happened since I took up the post of Director almost two years ago. Much of my time has focused on setting the foundations to enable VAL to continue to support and represent the sector in an ever-changing environment.

At yesterday's conference at Goldsmith's we wrestled with powerful issues of poverty and exclusion. We heard from community artists using intelligence and imagination to bring people together to recreate our communities and living spaces through creative action. Emotion ran high as we were moved and enraged by stories of poverty and exclusion side by side with prosperity in our borough.