The Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands (CVAN EM) contributes to a flourishing visual arts habitat in the East Midlands, from making to presenting. It is a regional network made up of and working with individuals, organisations, collectives and projects existing in all parts of the region: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. Its community of interest is made up of those producing, presenting and experiencing visual arts in the region, in all its forms.

CVAN EM is part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network established to support Turning Point, an Arts Council England (ACE) strategy to strengthen the visual arts sector in the regions. Operational since 2008, CVAN EM was initiated in partnership with ACE to encourage collaboration within, raise the profile and celebrate the achievements of the sector in the East Midlands. This has led to the development of a new programme of activity, running from 2015-18.

A Steering Group, whose members include representatives of regional organisations and independent practitioners, oversees delivery of CVAN EM’s programme and champions its aims 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.

This group is assisted by a staff team comprising Elizabeth Hawley-Lingham, CVAN EM’s Director and Sam Read, Communications Assistant.

Read our Plan for the Region for 2015-18.

Contact us via our Contact Form.