CVAN EM is delighted to welcome two new artist members to its Steering Group. Angela Bartram and Andrew Hewitt will represent and strengthen the voice of the artist within the Group and help keep us connected to studio practice and the independent sector. They join at an exciting time as our programme reaches its mid-way point and our projects build momentum. Angela and Andrew join our other ten members to support programme delivery, ensure good governance and plan for the future as well as represent our community of interest across the region.
Of her appointment Angela said: CVAN EM is a significant and vital part of the creative landscape in the region, which it supports. The opportunity to be more substantially involved and facilitate and contribute to the work of the organisation is one not to be missed, and as such I am delighted to be a Steering Group member.
Andrew added: I am delighted to join CVAN EM as the organization has exciting plans for the future and it will be great to get involved and to represent as best I can the interests of artists in our region.
CVAN EM Chair Lucy Phillips commented: We’re very pleased to welcome Ang and Andy to the steering group. They have different artistic practices that will each provide new perspectives and experiences to inform our work. And their involvement with two of the region’s universities will help strengthen CVAN EM’s reach and impact over the coming years.
Angela works in live art, video and sculpture and published text. Her practice concerns threshold and ‘in-between’ spaces of the human body, gallery or museum, definitions of the human and animal within companion species relationships and alternative strategies for documenting the ephemeral. The work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, most recently at Karst in Plymouth (2016) and Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC (2016). Her published texts include her co-edited volume Recto-Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook (Eds: Bartram, El Bizri, Gittens (Ashgate: 2014)), and chapters in Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge: 2016), Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave MacMillan: 2012) and Mutual Dependencies (Artwords: 2011). Bartram completed a PhD at Middlesex University and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln (UK) in the department of fine art.
Andrew is an artist and academic teaching practice and theory University of Northampton. He is founding co-editor of Art and the Public Sphere Journal, a cross-disciplinary journal that combines the study of art, politics and geography. Andy has worked collaboratively with Dave Beech and Mel Jordan as the Freee art collective since 2004. Freee has worked with public and professional arts organisations and galleries, nationally and internationally. These include: Liverpool Biennial; Venice Biennial; BAK, Utrecht; SMART, Amsterdam; Culturgest Porto; ICA, London; Collective Gallery Edinburgh; and Wysing Arts, Cambridge.