ECVAN News and Highlights

Image: Gee Vaucher, Oh America, 1989.

Image: Gee Vaucher, Oh America, 1989.


Last Chance to See:

Gee Vaucher: Introspective
Open until 19 February
Firstsite, Colchester

Introspective is Gee Vaucher’s first major institutional show in the UK, and spans the artist’s career of more than forty years. It charts Vaucher’s journey from local activity to international ambition, from domestic concerns to world politics, and from healing the planet to healing the mind. More information can be found


‘Is our education system a good ambassador for the creative sector?’
Creative Learning in Southend Alternative Pathways Discussion
Tuesday 17 January 2017. 4-30-7pm.
Focal Point Gallery, Southend

Official statistics published in 2014 revealed that the UK’s creative Industries are worth £71.4 billion per year to the UK economy. It continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors, rising by 15% in the year 2015/16.

This event will pose the question 'Is our education system a good ambassador for this growing sector?'. The value of creativity as part of a full learning experience can be overlooked by a narrow definition of innovation. Failing to capitalise on this fact brings a risk to the future of the wider creative industries and the potential for young people and their employment opportunities. Full details available here.

To coincide with this evening, Focal Point will be formally launching ‘Alt Art School’, a go-to guide for young people wanting to access a creative pathway in Southend. This is a collaboration between Focal Point Gallery and METAL.  


Volker Eichelmann: On Peacock Island, featuring Stephen Tennant
28 January - 23 April 2017
PV: 28 January 2017, 6-8pm.
Focal Point Gallery, Southend

Join Focal Point Gallery for the opening of their latest exhibition On Peacock Island by German artist Volker Eichelmann and featuring material from archives of the British Socialite Stephen Tennant. More info here.


Performance by Sophie Mallett
Saturday 28 January, 6pm.
Outpost, Norwich.

Winnie Herbstein: Before I could speak, x spoke
10 February - 5 March 2017
PV: 9 February 2017, 6-9pm
Outpost, Norwich.

Outpost’s first exhibition of 2017 featuring new work by Glasgow-based artist Winnie Herbstein. Check their website for retails.


All Channels Open
12 February - 26 March 2017
PV: 11 February 2017. 6-8pm
Wysing Arts Centre

Wysing’s first exhibition of 2017 is All Channels Open, which brings together the ten artists who were in-residence at Wysing during 2016: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Beatrice Dillon, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Evan Ifekoya, Wojciech Kosma, Lawrence Lek, Laura O’Neill, Florence Peake and Gary Zhexi Zhang. All Channels Open takes its cue from radio and DJ mixes and in the exhibition audio works will be sequenced into a durational programme that will play in Wysing’s gallery, which will itself be programmed to change in lighting and ambience as accompanying visual elements succeed one another.

The exhibition will launch Wysing’s programme for 2017, Wysing Polyphonic, through which we will be exploring ‘many voices’ in all aspects of our programming including exhibitions, events, study weeks and study days and artist residencies. More information can be found here.



2017 Artist Residency Open Call at Wysing Arts Centre

Wysing is now seeking artists for 2017 residencies. Through this Open Call they are inviting artists, musicians and writers to apply to be in-residence within the Wysing Polyphonic context. They are particularly looking for artists who can bring a range of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to the programme, and who will enjoy participating in events as part of their public programme. More details can be found here. Deadline: Monday 16 January 2017. 


Job Opportunity at Wysing Arts Centre

Want to work with amazing artists and look after a unique site? Wysing are seeking a Site and Technical Manager to lead on the delivery of artists’ projects within a busy programme of residencies, retreats, exhibitions and events, and be responsible for the effective management of Wysing’s buildings and grounds. Download a PDF of full information on the job and how to apply here. Deadline: Monday 23 January 2017.