ECVAN successful in ACE Ambition for Excellence bid

The East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) is pleased to announce an application to Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence strategic fund has been successful. Receiving a grant of £600,000 over three years will enable ECVAN to deliver a new project: New Geographies of the East.

New Geographies of the East is an ambitious programme that will deliver 10 major site-specific visual arts commissions, developed with and for communities in the East of England and with international partners from the Netherlands. The programme will be accompanied by an extensive community engagement programme and an artist and curator development initiative.

The project will develop new audiences for contemporary visual art whilst strengthening and deepening relationships between artists and curators in the East of England and the Netherlands. Nine lead partners from ECVAN will collaborate with three partners in the Netherlands; The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Casco: Office for Art, Design and Theory and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution. They will work alongside a host of additional local partners including Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Vivacity Peterborough and CPP Marketplace, Fenlands & Forest Heath to name a few.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:

“New Geographies of the East’ is an exciting project that will explore the unique landscapes and rich heritage of the East of England and then immortalise them through the creation of new contemporary art works. The international collaboration with the Netherlands is a great testament to the hard work of the East Contemporary Visual Art Network and the talent development opportunities it offers for artists and curators. I know that the community engagement at the heart of this project will encourage more people of all ages and backgrounds to go out and see contemporary visual art, and inspire them as artists in their own right.”

Donna Lynas, Director, Wysing Arts Centre and Chair, ECVAN, said:

“The Contemporary Visual Arts Network in the East of England have been working together since 2009, and together with new community and international partners, we are thrilled that Ambition for Excellence funding will enable our work to move onto a whole new level of ambition. It will allow us to support some of the most exciting contemporary art and artists in reaching unexpected spaces and places across the region. We can’t wait to get started!”

ECVAN is chaired and coordinated by Wysing Arts Centre. New Geographies of the East will be jointly delivered by Art Exchange, University of Essex Colchester; East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects; Great Yarmouth; UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. Support also comes from the full ECVAN steering committee, eight community partners and three Dutch partners. More details will be announced as the project progresses.

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