Oliver Sumner is an independent specialist in creative learning and visual arts engagement. In 2017 he was appointed Manager of CVAN South East (Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East), a network of visual arts organisations working to deliver a stronger visual arts offer for South East England. He is also a Trustee of artist studio provider Art Space Portsmouth.
Oliver’s activities include research, evaluation, and project management. Since 2013 he has been external evaluator of the National Saturday Club for the Saturday Club Trust and the Sorrell Foundation. He has undertaken freelance contracts for many cultural organisations including Arts Council England, the British Council, Engage, Hayward Touring, the Museums Association, and Tate Modern.
Oliver has worked with artists in participatory and interactive projects for over 20 years in London and South East England. He has produced socially-engaged projects, international exchanges, residencies, symposia, off-site projects, online projects, film screenings and exhibitions.
Oliver has wide-ranging expertise in arts engagement, and has worked with many significant UK and international artists. He has held senior programming roles in public galleries, including Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, and John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton. Between 2001 and 2006 he was Head of Education at Camden Arts Centre, London. Oliver now works mainly between London and his hometown of Portsmouth.