CVAN EM News

CVAN EM News

CVAN EM in  partnership with their academic partner CAMEo - the University of Leicester's institute for research into the creative and cultural economies - have been awarded a Creative Economy Engagement Fellowship. Over the next ten months their researcher, artist and performer Dr Antoinette Burchill will carry out research into our region's visual arts ecology, exploring its strengths and weaknesses, how any gaps can be filled.

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What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? 

What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? 

What is it like to be an artist working in the East Midlands? Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham (Director of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network in the East Midlands) and Paula Serafini (Research Associate at CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, University of Leicester) spent two years looking beneath the surface.

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Directors' Update - 4 October 2018

Directors' Update - 4 October 2018

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?…

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Official Launch of Flow Observatorium as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives (27/9/18)

Official Launch of Flow Observatorium as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives (27/9/18)

Having worked for the past year towards achieving charitable status, Flow Observatorium’s official launch as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives will be held at the Zodiac Room in Portsmouth Guildhall on September 27th 2018, 4 – 6pm.

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CVAN EM Document project to feature in conference on Care in the Media and Cultural Industries

CVAN EM Document project to feature in conference on Care in the Media and Cultural Industries

CVAN EM Document project to feature in conference on Care in the Media and Cultural Industries

CAMEo, the University of Leicester's Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, will present the artist films commissioned for Document, which followed the working lives of six artists in the East Midlands over a two year period. Following the screening, CAMEo researcher Dr Paula Serafini and CVAN EM Director Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham will be be in conversation with the project artists, to discuss the particularities of being an artist in the East Midlands, at this time…

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Investing in Creative Communities by renovating buildings for artists' studios

Investing in Creative Communities by renovating buildings for artists' studios

The recent release of the Mayor of London's 2018 Artists' Workspace Annual Data Note, highlights the importance of creative workspace in our cities and is a welcome intervention in an issue that also concerns the visual arts sector in the South East. Sarah Davies, Executive Director of Phoenix Brighton, gives her response to the Mayor's report and points to the vital contribution of studio providers to the cultural ecology.

Image: Phoenix artist Joshua Uvieghara in his studio, photo: Manel Ortega.

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ECVAN New Geographies

ECVAN New Geographies

ECVAN is continuing their project New Geographies, a three-year, Arts Council funded project exploring overlooked and forgotten places of interest to those living and working in the East of England. Ten artists have now been commissioned to respond to the nominated sites. You can follow the project at the dedicated website www.newgeographies.uk and through social media @newgeog

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Project Art Works Collaborates with Premier Inn

Project Art Works Collaborates with Premier Inn

Project Art Works (PAW) announces the launch of a partnership with Premier Inn as part of PAW’s established Art On Loan programme. Eight original paintings by the Project Art Works studio artists and makers have been carefully selected to be exhibited in six hotel receptions in the south east and in the Premier Inn support centres in London and Houghton Regis. The works will be displayed for a year until June 2019.

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CVAN EM announces new Steering Group members

CVAN EM announces new Steering Group members

CVAN EM is delighted to welcome three new members to its Steering Group. Andy Batson – Head of Audiences and Partnerships at Nottingham ContemporaryDaniel Sean Kelly – artist and co-director of Two Queens in Leicester and Ruchita Shaikh – Executive Director of Artcore in Derby – join the Group as we near the end of our current three year programme of activity.

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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.

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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…

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