ECVAN Summer 2016 Highlights

Mikhail Karikis,  Children of Unquiet  ,  2013-14 (production still), © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Mikhail Karikis, Children of Unquiet, 2013-14 (production still), © the artist. Courtesy the artist


British Art Show 8
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Norwich University of the Arts
24 June - 4 Sep

For the first time in its history the country’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibition, British Art Show 8, is coming to East Anglia. Hosted by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts and the Forum, it will feature over 100 works by 42 established and emerging contemporary artistsFind out more here.

Members' Show 2016
Selected by Lynda Morris & Chris Rawcliffe
Outpost, Norwich
Opening 22 June until 31 July

Join Outpost for the opening night of their annual members' show on 21 June, 6 – 9pm.

Martin Parr
First Site, Colchester
2 July – 2 Oct

Works by the acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr, spanning his forty-year career, from his early Yorkshire-based black and white photographs of rural communities through to his more recent vivid explorations into consumerism, as well as look at his ‘Boring Postcards’ collection.

Wysing Arts Centre Summercamp
2 July – 3 Sept

This summer, Wysing is hosting a series of public events that interrogate specialist research across art and music. The season starts on 2 July with the Wysing Polyphonic music festival, which explores the use of the voice, instruments and objects in an unmediated and acoustic form.
On 16 July Professor Gavin Butt of Goldsmiths, University of London will host a symposium focussing on collective creation across art, music, and theatre, between the heyday of the Polytechnic until today. A second symposium on 6 August is hosted by the artists collective Furtherfield and examines art as a commons in the age of networks and neoliberalism.  Further information on the Summercamp is available here.

Last few weeks to see

The Peculiar People
Focal Point Gallery, Southend
Until 2 July

This exhibition and event series examines and traces a history of radical, ideological and socio-political communal living experiments throughout the 20th Century Essex, extending to the present day and beyond. More information at


Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) has rebranded themselves!
BCA have a new name and a new logo. In the spirit of collaboration, which is at the heart of everything they do, they have changed their name to &co. You can find them at and on twitter @andco_. They are also giving everyone an opportunity to draw their own ampersand to be used on their new logo. To submit one, see their website here.

Artists selected for Syllabus II – an alternative learning programme for artists
Wysing Arts Centre

Wysing is pleased to announce that the artists selected to participate in Syllabus II are Mira Calix, Faye Claridge, Mike Harvey, E. Jackson, Nika Neelova, Tyler Mallison, Tom Smith, Dylan Spencer-Davidson, Thomas Whittle and Laura Wilson. Delivered in partnership with Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire, Syllabus II is an alternative peer-led learning programme in its second year that will support ten artists across ten months.  For more information, see the press release here.