The first ever Vane project, ‘VANE97’, was initiated by a group of artists based in the north east of England with the intention of holding four annual visual arts events, culminating in the year 2000. It consisted of almost fifty artists in thirteen exhibitions and events, including exhibitions in the Waygood Gallery, Newcastle Arts Centre, The Buddle Arts Centre (Wallsend), in vacant buildings and shop windows and an event at Byker City Farm as well as three open studios.

For background to ‘VANE97’ and a history of the first three years of Vane read David Butler’s essay, Where to?