The North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (NECVAN) embraces both individual artists, curators and over 60 organisations tasked with delivering contemporary visual arts provision across the North East region.

Working as a sector and a network, our vision is built on collaboration, partnership, networking and brokering.

NECVAN Steering Group

NECVAN is delighted to announce that it has appointed a new Advisory Group. Huge thanks to everyone who applied. We had a lot of interest and a really high calibre of applications, which made selection challenging. It was important to find a balance of new and established voices, a good geographical spread and a cross section of the diverse arts offer we have in the North East. We believe we have achieved that with the addition of our new members, who will join existing members Sarah Munro (BALTIC), Alistair Hudson (MIMA), Charlie Gregory (NewBridge) and Peter Taylor (Berwick Film and Media Festival). Congratulations to our new members, who are:

Kathryn Brame
Kathryn is Engagement and Development Coordinator for Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, Chair of the Sunderland Cultural Partnership Learning Group, and is an artist working in video and sound installation.

Mike Collier
Mike is an artist, teacher, writer and educator. He is Professor of Visual Art at the University of Sunderland.

Dawn Felicia Knox
Dawn is an artist and curator working across mediums and disciplines. She is part of the programing, fundraising and mediation/facilitation training collectives at the Star and Shadow in Newcastle.

Aikaterini Gegisian
Aikaterini is an artist living and working between Middlesbrough, England and Thessaloniki, Greece. She is a Research Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Teesside University

Max Lee
Max is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the co-founder and co-director of M I L K Collective and Slugtown.

Kate Liston
Kate is an artist living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne. She is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University.

Paul Stewart
Paul is an artist, educator and writer based in Middlesbrough. He is the Co-Director of the Middlesborough Art Weekender, Founder of the Alternative Art College, and PhD Researcher by Practice and Lecturer in Fine Art at Teesside University,


The Advisory Group will inform and influence NECVAN’s work, identifying ways for us to play a significant role and add value to the sector, and to implement key recommendations from Untitled, our strategy for visual arts in the North East. For further information on the Advisory Group, Untitled or other ways to get involved in NECVAN, please contact Adrienne Cassidy, Network Manager -

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The North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network includes individual artists, curators and writers and the following organisations:

a-n The Artists Information Company • Allenheads Contemporary Arts • amino • Ampersand Inventions • Arts&Heritage • AV Festival • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art • BALTIC39 • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival • Berwick Visual Arts • Bowes Museum • Breeze Creatives • B&D Studios • Cheeseburn Sculpture • Circa Projects • Cobalt Studios • The Customs House  • Destination Apollo • drawing? • Drop City • Durham County Council Culture and Sport • Durham University• East Durham Creates • Gallery North • Globe Gallery • Hartlepool Art Gallery • Hole Editions • The Holy Biscuit • The House of Blah Blah • International Print Biennale • D6 • Left Leg Gallery • Locus+ • M I L K •  Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art • Mushroom Works • National Glass Centre • Navigator North • The NewBridge Project • Newcastle University • New Linthorpe • North East Photography Network • Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art • Northern Print • Northumberland Arts Development • Northumbria University • Orbis • Platform Arts • Side Gallery • Star and Shadow • Teesside University • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums • Arts Programme at Tyneside Cinema • University of Sunderland • Vane • Visual Art in Rural Communities • Workplace Gallery • Wunderbar • 36 Lime Street •

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