Newsletter 16th Jan – 13th Feb 2017

Hello and Happy New Year, we hope the latest newsletter finds you in good spirits and with good intentions! What a lot of great stuff there was over the Christmas and New Year, you might still catch some of it, closing dates below!


We’re pleased to bring you the latest on our projects:


This event will include provocations and discursive sessions, networking and interactive activity and feature practitioners from in and beyond the region. It will consider how we make art and maintain an art practice, where we turn for help in the process and practice of making art, if we are looking in the right places and whether we need look at all.


Our project artists are readying themselves for interviews with our project partner, CAMEo (Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester). We hope these will be revealing and insightful and a great complement to the visual documentation being developed for us by filmmaker Bill Newsinger.

Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist
Following in the wake of Daniel Sean Kelly, we’re delighted to present the work of Chris Wright, our latest Meet the Artist participant. Read her profile to find out more about her practice.

The Start of Something

The Start of Something

Supported by our collaborative conversation project The Start of Something, last Friday Waddington Cultural Collective held Analysis of Process, a symposium exploring collaborative practice at The Collection & Usher Gallery in Lincoln. We’ll bring you feedback on the event as well as information on the next stage of this project soon.

In Another Place

In Another Place
Finishing touches are being put to our region-wide project that will celebrate the wealth and breadth of visual arts activity in the East Midlands. We will bring you more via social media and the website in advance of inviting expressions of interest later in the year.

National news

Find out what our national and co-networks are working on.

Other news:

Steering group
Applications to join our Steering Group closed at the end of December. We’re looking forward to bringing you news of our newest line up soon!

Write a Review
We would love to hear your thoughts on the visual arts activities that you’re seeing and doing in the East Midlands. You can now write a review of exhibitions you’ve seen or events you’ve been to and submit it to us to be published on our website.

We regularly post exhibition openings, opportunities and events on our social media – follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates!

Have a good few weeks!
CVAN East Midlands


Open Call: Art + Text, 44AD – 23 Jan
Opportunity for Recent Graduates, Bloomberg New Contemporaries – 23 Jan
Artist Commission for Waddington, Ridges & Furrows – 23 Jan
Visual Art Residencies 2017, Hospitalfields – 23 Jan
Commercial Manager, Compton Verney – 24 Jan
Regional Programme Manager, First Story – 26 Jan
Communities Programmer, Nottingham Contemporary – 30 Jan
Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Ashmolean Museum – 30 Jan
Artist Open Call, Flour Magazine – 31 Jan
Information Assistant (Temporary), Ikon – 1 Feb
Head of Marketing, Compton Verney – 2 Feb
Volunteer Role with FORMAT17, QUAD – 6 Feb
Call for Submissions, Intermedia: CCA Glasgow – 6 Feb
Project Worker: Young People, LOV – 9 Feb
Frieze Artist Award – 10 Feb
InTheWindow Open Call, AirSpace – 12 Feb
Open Call: Curator Residencies, Fire Station Studios – 17 Feb
Contemporary Art Writing Prize, The Burlington Magazine – 27 Feb
Call for Art Writing Contributors, Young Artists in Conversation – 28 Feb
Call for Online Submissions, Matador Review – 28 Feb
Open Call 2017, Belfast Photo Festival – 6 March 


Featured Opportunity

Artist Commission for Waddington
Ridges & Furrows
Deadline: 23 Jan


Ending Soon

Open Call: Exhibition Proposals, Isherwood Gallery – 16th Jan
Visual Arts Technician – Art & Design, mac Birmingham – 16 Jan
Development Assistant, Hepworth Wakefield – 16 Jan
Artist Residency, Wysing Arts Centre – 16 Jan
Artist Residency, National Trust New Art- 17 Jan
Festival Volunteers, Leicester Art Festivals – 18 Jan
Holding Space: Programme of Research & Support, The Showroom, 19 Jan

What’s on

Time and Tide Wait For No Man, Banks Mill Studios – 2 to 27 Jan
Dissolving Seas, Bank Mills Studios – 30 Jan to 24 Feb
Clerks (15) + Jason Mewes Q&A, QUAD – 4 Feb
teamLab: What a Loving, and Beautiful World, QUAD – until 5 Feb
Will Hurt: Configurations, QUAD – until 5 Feb

Leicestershire & Rutland
Silent Signal, Phoenix – 15 Dec to 29 Jan
Passion2Print 2016, LPW – until 28 Jan
Where Shapes Come From, Phoenix – 10 Feb to 26 March

2020 Visions & Alys Power One and Many, NCCD – 14 Jan to 12 March
What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?, NCCD – 18 March to 14 May
James E Smith, Usher Gallery – until 2 May

Art, Culture & Democracy, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art – 24 Jan
Our Woods, Corby- until 7 May
And Then…, NN Contemporary Art – 7 Jan to 25 Feb

UNTITLED: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, NAE – 14 Jan – 19 March
UNTITLED: In conversation, NAE – 26 Jan
Art & Theory Reading Group, Wollaton St Studios – 26 Jan
Rae Hicks, Trade Gallery – until 29 Jan
Talk with Barbara Walker, NAE – 2 Feb
Jacqueline Fraser, TG Gallery – 3 Feb to 18 March
The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary – 4 Feb to 30 April
Our Creative Futures and the Conditions of Our Time, NAE – 11 Feb

Leon Sadler: Poltergeist, Syson – until 11 Feb
Richard Perry, Lakeside Arts – until 12 Feb
All Men By Nature Desire to Know, Bonington Gallery – until 17 Feb
Victor Pasmore, Lakeside Arts – until 19 Feb
The Virtual Self, NAE – 24 Feb
The Art of Black Hair, NAE – until 19 March


Featured Event

 Art, Culture & Democracy
Fermynwoods Contemporary
Thrapston 24 Jan, 7pm


Ending Soon

Karen Russo Screening & Panel Discussion, QUAD – 18 Jan

Leicestershire & Rutland
We Are All Neurodiverse, Threshold Studios – 17 Jan

Dépossession, TG Gallery – until 21 Jan
Emerge, Surface Gallery – until 21 Jan

East Midlands’s awarded ACE Cultural Destination money 

£300k will be awarded to East Midlands’ cultural organisations to celebrate and generate profile and tourism for the region’s heritage and assets. Nottingham Contemporary will receive £150k for further phases of The Grand Tour programme.

Lincoln City Centre Partnership will receive £150k to celebrate two nationally significant moments in Lincolnshire’s rich history:  The 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest and the Royal Air Force Centenary.

Find out more about these awards.

Regional exhibitions named by Guardian as ones to see in 2017

The Place is Here‘ (Nottingham Contemporary, 4 Feb-30 April) brings together around 100 works from the 1980s by over 30 artists and collectives to explore this pivotal decade for British culture and politics.

FORMAT17‘ (Derby, various locations, 24 Mar-23 Apr) explores the theme of Habitat, from the environmental to the domestic via displacement and the creation of digital worlds.

See the full list

Image: Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Courtesy artist & Hollybush Gardens. Photo Matthew Birchall & Tao Lashley-Burnley