CVAN EM is the Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands. Our mission is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in the region, working to safeguard the future of artists and our sector as a whole. We are a catalyst for new ways of supporting arts practice, regional connectivity and audience engagement. We contribute to a flourishing visual arts habitat, from making to presenting, where artists, organisations and audiences prosper.

Operational since 2008, CVAN EM is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network, established to support Arts Council England’s 2006 visual arts strategy. Read our Approach to the Region.

Our staff team comprises Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham, CVAN EM’s Director and Sam Read, Communications & Marketing Officer. They are supported by a Steering Group, made up of representatives from key regional organisations as well as independent artists, oversees delivery of and champions our activities.

Between 2015 and 2018 we delivered a programme of activity that aimed to:

• engage artists and organisations in tackling common issues resulting in new ways of working and more informed decision making
• support collaborative working across the region leading to new opportunities, new experiences and new networks
• celebrate and promote contemporary arts in the region, from making to presenting.

Find out about our Projects and read the Summary of Findings.

On the strength of that programme and its achievements, we now move into a new phase, which will see us working with new partners, in new places. Initially, we are working with the University of Leicester to carry out research into the region’s visual arts economy. This will inform our future programming under the title It Takes A Region To Raise An Artist.


Contact us via our Contact Form.