East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) is a group of contemporary visual arts organisations and individuals based in the eastern region of England. The network delivers collaborative projects; exploring new ways of working together to support artists, the arts infrastructure and to raise the profile of the arts in the East of England so that we may reach new audiences.
As of January 2018, ECVAN includes Art Exchange at The University of Essex; Bedford Creative Arts; Black Barn Project Space, Norfolk; Deborah Smith Projects; East GalleryNUA, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects;; Outpost, Norwich; The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia; Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds; UH Arts, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield & St Albans; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, as well as freelance curators Professor Lynda Morris and Katherine Wood, and artists Sarah Evans and David Kefford (Aid & Abet, Cambridge).
ECVAN is chaired and coordinated by Wysing Arts Centre
The ECVAN network is currently delivering the project New Geographies funded by an Ambition for Excellence grant from Arts Council England. It developed out of recent collaborations with artists and institutions in the Netherlands – our closest European neighbours and home to some of the most radical and influential arts organisations in the world. The aims of ECVAN through the New Geographies project are to:
· Deliver collaborative projects to explore new ways of working together.
· Support artists and the arts infrastructure in the East.
· Reach new audiences for art in new ways, especially in areas of low engagement.
· Develop international collaborations and co-commissioning opportunities.
· Share knowledge and good practice with each other and nationally.
· Establish long-term partnerships and develop collaboration and co-commissioning opportunities.
The New Geographies delivery partners are Art Exchange at The University of Essex; East GalleryNUA , Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects;; UH Arts, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield & St Albans; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.
Keep up to date with New Geographies projects and commission on the dedicated website www.newgeographies.uk
To date, ECVAN has achieved a successful programme of exhibitions, events, public talks, training workshops, staff development opportunities, knowledge sharing events, and the production of a print portfolio in 2011 supported by a network of patrons and region wide events. On 2 April 2016 at Focal Point Gallery, Southend we hosted a symposium entitled Working Together: How Artists Impact Institutions, which you can view here. To find out more about the Eastern Pavilions Print Portfolio or to purchase a portfolio, visit www.easternpavilions.org
Nationally the Contemporary Visual Arts Network represents and supports a diverse and vibrant visual arts ecology, embracing a broad range of artistic and curatorial practice across the nine English regions.
Images: Allen Ruppersberg, Questions & Answers no.1, Focal Point Gallery. Photo: Mark Blower; Space-Time: The Future 2014, Wysing Arts Centre. Photo: Mike Cameron; Space-Time: The Future 2014, Wysing Arts Centre. Photo: Mike Cameron; Futurecamp 2014, Wsying Arts Centre. Photo: Donna Lynas