Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham

Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham

Craig Ashley, Director of New Art West Midlands speaks at a-n Assembly, Birmingham on Friday 15th June 2018. Working in collaboration with artist and curator Antonio Roberts, Assembly Birmingham aimed to address the increasing amount of development taking place across the city and the Midlands as a whole, exploring both the opportunities and the challenges this presents for the visual arts community in the region.

Read More

The Start of Something- CVAN EM

The Start of Something- CVAN EM

Since 2016 CVAN EM has been inviting ideas for The Start of Something, a project that uses conversation - tackling topics relevant to the visual arts sector - to promote cross fertilisation of ideas and collaborative working, share practice and increase connectivity within the sector, propose solutions to problems and pose new ways of working…

Read More

NEW GEOGRAPHIES & East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) ANNOUNCE THE ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE TEN SITE-RESPONSIVE ART WORKS ACROSS THE EAST OF ENGLAND

NEW GEOGRAPHIES & East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) ANNOUNCE THE ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE TEN SITE-RESPONSIVE ART WORKS ACROSS THE EAST OF ENGLAND

New Geographies and the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) are delighted to announce the artists selected to create ten major site-responsive visual arts commissions across the East of England. New Geographies is a three-year project, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or overlooked places, rather than on historic or economical centres.

Read More

CVAN EM's Document project receives critical coverage

CVAN EM has commissioned a piece of critical writing about its Document project, that follows six artists in the East Midlands to reflect on their experience as practising artists, at this time, in their voices. 

Artist and writer Tom Hackett, has in turn reflected on the project; how it came about, what it seeks to achieve, the six artists, and critically, its taking place in the East Midlands.

Read his piece on a-n The Artist's Information Company's website

Find out more about Document and the artists taking part, as well as about the events scheduled as part of the project.

 

 

Help shape fair Exhibition Payment for artists

Help shape fair Exhibition Payment for artists

CVAN is part of the Paying Artist Working Group which, with a-n The Artists Information Company, has launched the Exhibition Payment Survey 2018 - a new sector-wide survey to collect essential data and produce a benchmark for Exhibition Payment in the UK. Whether you are an artist or work for an arts organisation, we urge you to complete the survey to ensure both artists and organisations experiences are taken into consideration.

Read More

Amplify

Amplify

On 27 March join North East CVAN in Newcastle for their first social event, with talks, workshops, dinner and bar followed by artist commissions and DJs. An opportunity for the network to come together, celebrate achievements, contribute to plans for both the national and North East CVAN, to socialise, make connections and enjoy a few performances.

Micro bursaries available to those from across the North East to attend.

Read More

CVAN Regional Strategy Consultation

CVAN Regional Strategy Consultation

CVAN is currently developing its national strategy to 2020 to build a collaborative and connected network. We would like to consult with all of the CVAN regions as to how we can identify key commonalities to pursue at national level and to understand the challenges and how best to connect, leverage, amplify, and advocate the activities, achievements, and interests of our diverse regions.

We are organising different consultation approaches to fit each region and are also asking for ideas, concerns, and inspirations from everyone in and around our CVAN regional networks via a hashtag #CVANFuture. 

Read More

Five artists awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust

Five artists awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust

Five artists and alumni of the New Art West Midlands exhibition have been awarded coveted residencies with the National Trust. The winners were announced last Thursday at the preview of the New Art West Midlands 2018 exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition is an initiative led by New Art West Midlands, the contemporary visual arts network for the region. 

Read More

All Parliamentary discussion: Visas & Immigration post-Brexit & the creative industries

All Parliamentary discussion: Visas & Immigration post-Brexit & the creative industries

Following a consultation in 2017, last week saw the publication of a DCMS Select Committee Report The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. On 24 January, ten All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) came together at Portcullis House on the need to secure mobility of creative talent post-Brexit.

Paula Gazzard reports on the event, and her own speech on post-Brexit concerns in the visual arts.

Read More

ACE announce National Lottery Project Grants

ACE announce National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England have announced that from March 2018, their Grants for the Arts fund will become Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. 

Project Grants will become the new open access programme for arts and museum projects, and for arts projects in and with libraries. The fund will continue to help support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations. 

Read More

Document

Document

Document is a project by CVAN East Midlands that seeks to tell the story of the artist, at this time, in the region, in their voice.  Filmmaker Bill Newsinger has been working with the six selected artists to gather footage of them making, talking about their work and their experiences over that period. Trailers have now been released, with the final films to follow later in the year.

Read More