CVAN East Midlands: New research seeks to uncover the realities of the East Midlands visual arts community 

New research seeks to uncover the realities of the East Midlands visual arts community   

CVAN EM is working in partnership with CAMEo, the University of Leicester's research institute, on a project - It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist - that will help develop a detailed understanding of the visual arts sector in the East Midlands region. The research focuses on: visual arts practitioners, the places and spaces, and the facilities and resources that exist to support them. It will assess the strengths of the sector, identify gaps in provision, and explore the potential of the visual arts’ economy. 

CVAN EM and CAMEo are seeking participants from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland for a survey designed for artists and visual professionals to document their achievements, and the barriers they face in realising their artistic and economic potential. It also asks participants to identify gaps in support for the sector. Findings of the survey will help inform CVAN EM's future artistic and strategic programming (2020-2022)

The survey is live at:

The research is being undertaken by Dr Antoinette Burchill from the CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester in partnership with CVAN EM. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Midlands4Cities Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship scheme.

“This research is the first review of the visual arts community that CVAN EM has undertaken since its formation in 2008, following Arts Council England’s Turning Point Report in 2006,” said researcher Dr Antoinette Burchill. “This is an opportunity to understand the visual arts sector, its needs and its potential across the whole East Midlands region: from the rural communities in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, to the large cities of Nottingham and Leicester.”

Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham, Director, CVAN EM stated: “This research will play a vital role in identifying what is needed in the East Midlands to accelerate the growth of a vibrant, flourishing visual arts sector. Working in partnership is essential and we very much hope, as a key stakeholder in the sector, that you will take part in this survey, and encourage people in your networks to participate in it.”

By taking part participants have the chance to win one of four High Street Voucher prizes.

The survey will close on 30 June 2019 and the results will be published in Autumn 2019.

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