There's something of a theme emerging in a slew of recent reports and consultations and in artists responses to them: how does the visual arts sector with its socially embedded practices actually work and can it continue as it is - or can we feed it into a computer, bottle it, flip it, and label it with a flag? How radical is radical - or is it populist? Are we in revolutionary or just ‘interesting’ times?…Read More
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
TCCE is holding it’s summer symposium: Refresh, Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at The Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury, London. The symposium brings together academics, artists, creatives, policy-makers and people from other sectors. Refresh Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times sets out to create a space in which to encourage, debate, conversation, play, knowledge exchange and co-creation about some of our most important contemporary challenges including: politics, diversity, identity, place and environment…Read More
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.
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After 18 months, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopens next Friday after relocating to a space within the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
In each of its exhibitions in 2018, an artist will reveal a brand new body of work for the first time, starting with a major new commission by artist Fiona Crisp. The gallery's opening programme celebrates the achievements of artists living and working in North East England, who share new visions of how we live now. We speak to Alistair Robinson, the gallery's Director about the last one and a half years and the upcoming programme.Read More
Taking place from 28 June - 1 July, Jamboree 2018 will bring together 150 visual artists, curators and programmers from around the UK to the Dartington Estate near Totnes in Devon. Developed by LOW PROFILE, Jamboree 2018 offers the chance for those who work in the arts to meet others, collaborate, stop, engage and recharge in beautiful surroundings and a positive, critically-engaged environment.
In advance of pre-registration closing for event next week, we find out more about the opportunity from LOW PROFILE and the Jamboree team.Read More
Meeting Point is a commissioning programme led by Northumberland-based Arts&Heritage which partners contemporary artists with museums. Taking place for a second year across ten museums in the North of England, the project shows why museums and the contemporary arts should be working together. We talk to Arts&Heritage Associate Morag Iles about the project.Read More
Hatton Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne opened its doors at the beginning of the month following a 20-month, £3.8million redevelopment. We speak to Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Galleries, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums about the new building and celebrating Newcastle's place in Pop Art history.Read More
The Art House opened in Wakefield in 2008 to provide time, space and support for artists and associates to develop their critical practice and professional careers. We talk to Hannah Mason, their Change Maker about the space, upcoming exhibitions as well as championing and providing opportunities for a diverse range of artists.Read More
The inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art takes place from 6-22 October. We talk to its Director Ryan Hughes about the motivations for a Biennial in the city and what we should expect.Read More
NN Contemporary Art in Northampton have recently been awarded NPO status for the first time. We talk to their Artistic Director Catherine Hemelryk about their future plans, opportunities for artists and their current exhibitions.Read More
Derby's QUAD is currently showing two exhibitions exploring robots and artificial intelligence. As rapid innovation continues and access to technology becomes easier, artists have more opportunities than ever to experiment with new ways of producing work. We speak to Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator at QUAD about the exhibitions, and the challenges of exhibiting works using cutting edge technology.Read More
Journeys Festival International celebrates the extraordinary journeys and creative talents of refugee and asylum seeker artists, and shares the refugee experience through great art and culture. The festival takes place in Leicester, Manchester, Portsmouth and tours several Europe cities this year. Jennifer Tipton and Emily Harris from the festival answered our questions.Read More
How does one set up an arts organisation from scratch? What are the steps and how do you enlist support from local communities and councils? These are questions which many arts and cultural practitioners ask themselves, but are unsure where to go for answers. After hearing originalprojects;’s story, Chelsea Pettitt, Head of Partnerships, Wysing Arts Centre and ECVAN coordinator felt compelled to ask them to share their experience of formally setting up their own arts organisation in a remote town on the coast of East Anglia.Read More
Last week Chester's new cultural centre, Storyhouse opened its doors. Hannah Allan, bursary recipient in the Critical Writing strand of CVAN North West's Art:ADDS Grants for the Arts programme, investigates the city's creative needs, and the high expectations for the space.Read More