We are currently designing and fundraising for new activity under the title of It Takes a Region To Raise An Artist, having come to the end of a three year programme of activity at the end of 2018. Conceived through the prism of an artist’s development and underpinned by the principle that the entire visual arts sector has a part to play in enabling that development, It Takes a Region will be informed by what we learnt from our 2015-18 programme, as well as by research carried out by CAMEo, the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester.
The research, carried out by Research Associate Dr Antoinette Burchill, will help us gain a detailed understanding of visual arts in the East Midlands region. It will explore the region’s ecology, its strengths and gaps, as well as the challenges to and opportunities for artistic growth and sustainability here, and will begin to identify what is needed in the region to accelerate the growth of a vibrant, flourishing visual arts sector and how the region can better support visual arts practitioners to meet their artistic, cultural and economic potential.
Find out more about the research.
As we work on our forward programme, we will continue to work with artists and organisations, to create opportunities to celebrate visual practice arts in the region, from making to presenting. We will continue to document and promote contemporary visual arts practice in the region through illustrated interviews with artists, curators and producers living and working here. Find out about them in Meet the Artist and Curating the East Midlands.
Header image credit: Bill Newsinger, 2017