‘VANE99’, followed much the same pattern as ‘VANE97’ and ‘VANE98’, though with an increase in the number of exhibitions and events (over eighty) and artists taking part (almost 200). There was an increase in numbers of visitors from outside the region and ‘VANE99’ coincided with similar events in Manchester (‘MART99’) and Liverpool (‘Tracy’ – the artist-led strand of the first Liverpool Biennial).

Artist Fiona Jardine writes about artist-initiated events and professional development in The Means and the Art.