Newsletter 7th August – 3rd September 2017



Hello, welcome to our latest issue!

And so, in a season with weather as unpredictable as the outcome of a funding application, you can rely on us to bring you exciting events, opportunities and news from the region and beyond.

By way of a ‘heads up’, in the autumn we will be profiling the region’s artist-led community as a way of bringing them to the attention of people who aren’t already familiar with them, including other artists. If you are part of an artist collective, artist-led organisation or project, we want to hear from you, as we would like to include what you do in a feature on our website. Contact us with your details.

We know from asking around that networks and peer to peer activities are something that artists really value and so, in association with our Document project, in September we will be championing#critday. Between 23rd and 29th September each of our Document artists will instigate a crit where they’re based, which we’ll circulate details of in the coming weeks. We’d like to encourage other crits to happen then, so that there’s lots for people to choose from and to promote them under the#critday banner. Contact us if you’d like to take part.

For the latest news about CVAN EM projects look no further.

In Another Place
Meet the Artist
Annual Events
National news

Meet the Artist
Many thanks to Matthieu Leger, our Meet the Artist participant over the last few weeks, we now welcome Leicester based Khush Kali. Khush uses collage, drawing, digital media and sculpture to explore the everyday experience of the urban environment, influenced in particular by the history and context of Leicester, migration and cultural identity. You can find out more about her work here. She’ll be taking over Instagram for us from 14th to 20th August, so keep your eye on our profile!

The Start of Something Micro Bursaries
Our invitation to put forward topics of conversation for The Start of Something is ongoing. If you’d like to get a group together to have a conversation about something important to you all and would like some money to get it going, send us a proposal.

Write a Review
If you’ve seen or been to a fantastic event or exhibition in the East Midlands recently why not write areview of it for our visitors to read.

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

Have a good few weeks!
CVAN East Midlands




Featured Opportunity:
Aesthetica Art Prize
Deadline 31st August
Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers emerging and established artists an opportunity to showcase work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world.

Learning Administrator, Hepworth Wakefield – 14 Aug
Gallery Technician, Hepworth Wakefield – 16 Aug
Volunteer Call Out, NAE – 18 Aug
Stall Holder Call Out, NAE – 18 Aug
Open Call, Derby Museums – 19 Aug
Art Technician, Landau Forte College – 25 Aug
CEO, Hive Online – 25 Aug
Artist Facilitator, Nott. Contemporary – 25 Aug
Workshop Leader, Creative Leicestershire – 29 Aug
Exhibitions & Engagement Curator, Chatsworth, 29 Aug
Aesthetica Art Prize – 31 Aug
Call for Submissions, Matador Review – 31 Aug
Festival Manager, York Mediale – 1 Sep
Partnerships Manager, York Mediale – 1 Sep
Ceramics Open Call, Kunsthuis – 1 Sep
Artworker, DHP Family – 1 Sep
Trustee, Flatpack Projects – 4 Sep
Landart Challenge, Nottingham County Council – 6 Sep
Ruth Tait Award (Young Sculptors) – 15 Sep 
Call for Photographic Work, Turner Contemporary – 15 Sep
Teeside Print Prize 2017 – 18 Sep
Artcore Volunteers – 1 Dec


Assistant Curator, Hepworth Wakefield – 7 Aug
Call for Submissions (East Mids Graduates), Surface Gallery – 7 Aug
Curator, Museumand – 7 Aug
Assistant, Arts Council England – 11 Aug
Lecturer (Fashion Comms), NTU – 13 Aug
Midlands Open 2017, Tarpey Gallery – 13 Aug
Communications & Marketing Officer, Inspire Culture – 13 Aug 



Liam Sharp: Judge Dredd to Wonder Woman – until 3 Sept
Finding Lines, Derby Museums – until 3 Sept
Our Friends Electric, QUAD – until 10 Sept
Machine Made: Art, Robots & AI, QUAD – until 10 Sept
Material Stories, Uni of Derby – until 8 Oct

Leicestershire & Rutland
Colette Griffin: Sun Goddess Crouching, Modern Painters New Decorators – 12 to 26 Aug
Superflux: Mangala For All, Phoenix – 16 Aug to 24 Sept
Leicester: Memories of Industry, Attenborough Arts – until 20 Aug
Displaced Witness, Phoenix offsite – 21 Aug to 1 Sep
Artist Moving Image: The Lacey Rituals, Phoenix – 24 Aug
Medieval City One, Two Queens – until 2 Sept

Us, A Gunby Estate Domesday, CommonAs – until 31 Aug
Kate Bajic, NCCD – until 3 Sep
Jane Perryman, NCCD – until 3 Sep
Printers Inc. Ovals & Circles, NCCD – until 3 Sep
Nigel Cheney: Decorated, NCCD – 9 Sept to 5 Nov
Dress Up Drawing, NCCD – 7 Oct

Resident Artists Exhibition 2017, Rooftop Arts –  9 to 26 Aug
Jasmina Cibic: Topical Devices, NN Contemporary – until 30 Sep
Can You Hear Me? [Online Exhibition], Fermynwoods – until 31 Dec

Bethan Lewis: Juxta, Surface Gallery – 12 to 19 Aug
Between The Spaces, Surface Gallery – 12 to 26 Aug
Primary Offsite: Tunnel Vision – 14 Aug to 24 Sep
Would You Like To Come Back To Our Hut?, Backlit – until 18 Aug
Guillaume Pilet: Dream A Little Drama, Primary until 19 Aug
Work in Common, Primary – 25 Aug to 16 Sep
Lara Favaretto, Nott. Contemporary – until 28 Aug
Wu Tsang, Nott. Contemporary – until 28 Aug
Reportrait, Nottingham Castle – until 10 Sep
Bhairav, New Art Exchange – until 24 Sept
Dam Pani, New Art Excahnge – until 24 Sept

Featured Event:
Sun Goddess Crouching
An exhibition by Colette Griffin
Modern Painters, New Decorators
12th to 26th August

New, Pop-Up space ‘Modern Painters, New Decorators’ opens in Loughborough on 12th August, with ‘Sun Goddess Crouching’, work by Colette Griffin.

Griffin presents video and sculptural work to the audience. Two videos, ‘Exsertus’ and ‘Little Turnip’ focus on the artist as the subject matter and blur the lines between shapes from Griffin’s studio space and those she encounters as part of her daily routines. 



Journeys Festival Returns
This August, Journeys Festival returns to Leicester. The festival aims to celebrate the artistic talents of refugee and asylum seekers by sharing their stories through great art and culture. The festival runs from 21st August to 3rd September, and will showcase the finest work from this community through a range of accessible creative events.

Full details here. Follow Journeys Festival on twitter @JourneysFest 

Art-News features Northampton’s art scene

Image credit: Fermywoods Contemporary Art

Last month A-n published a feature on Northampton’s arts organisations.  

In the article, Corby-based James Steventon discusses the lack of cultural engagement in the county and the recent funding issues  with Northampton Museum controversially selling one of its Egyptian artefacts to raise funds. Steventon’s article promotes the bigger galleries such as NN Contemporary as well as praising the various artist grown and smaller art spaces rejuvenating the arts in Northampton.
Burns Street / Albus 3 / Gallery202 / Fermynwoods Contemporary / Corby Community Arts / Deep Roots Tall Trees / Rooftop Arts Centre


Have you got news? We’d love to feature your stories from artists and organisations in the East Midlands! Send us an email at and tell us what you have been doing!