Contemporary
Visual Arts Network
East Midlands

CVAN EM celebrates and supports arts and culture in the region, fostering an inclusive long-term future for the sector, emphasising equity and access for all arts workers.

Contemporary
Visual Arts Network
East Midlands

CVAN EM celebrates and supports arts and culture in the region, fostering an inclusive long-term future for the sector, emphasising equity and access for all arts workers.

Exhibition
Many hands make lightwork
1st May 2021 – 28th January 2022
Fermynwoods, Northants
Workshop
Tots Tuesdays
29th June 2021 – 19th July 2022
The Hub, Lincolnshire
Exhibition
Not only; but also
9th July 2021 – 28th January 2022
Fermynwoods, Northants
Event
Witness, a site-specific installation by Susie MacMurray
17th August 2021 – 31st March 2022
National Justice Museum, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition
OPENING NIGHT of RE-CONNECT Exhibition featuring Oliver Lovley and Carolyn J Roberts
21st October 2021 – 26th January 2022
Blue Owl Art Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition
Our Silver City, 2094
20th November 2021 – 18th April 2022
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire
Workshop
Craft Club
6th January 2022 – 3rd March 2022
The Hub, Lincolnshire
Exhibition
Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre
8th January 2022 – 20th February 2022
Tennyson Research Centre, Lincolnshire
Read Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs’ words on artist Gurminder Sikand in full on the CVAN EM website, link in bio. 

For nearly forty years, Gurminder Sikand lived, painted, and drew in Nottingham. Over that period, which lasted until her sudden passing last November aged 61, she established herself as an active and ever-evolving figure on the regional and the British Asian arts scenes. She exhibited in local, national, and international venues, held many residencies, and gave workshops at schools and other educational and public bodies. For much of her career, gouache paintings of women among trees and nature typified Gurminder’s work. But over the past decade, as those figures grew more muscular and their settings more architectural, she moved away from paint to explore the more precise control over texture offered by the pencil. Though her explicitly palimpsestic approach to drawing marked a distinctive late style, Gurminder’s art nevertheless remained characterised by interests in strong female figures and Indian mythology as well as by her own fastidious and focused dedication to her craft.

📸 ‘Cloak’ by Gurminder Sikand

ID: Pastel colours - a central nude standing woman, reclining slightly. The figure has 4 additional arms and 4 additional heads covering and contained in a cloak.
🎉 CVAN EM is delighted to share this incredible resource created and written by East Midlands-based creatives Benjamin Rostance (benart86) and Jo Tolley (i.jo.tolley). ‘A Brief Guide to Combining Accessibility with Creativity’ toolkit aims to provide action-based and meaningful recommendations that open dialogue between arts and culture organisations and the spaces they occupy within the communities that they serve. 

🔗Download a PDF of the toolkit, or visit the CVAN EM website for details. Links in bio. 

🔊An audio version read by Benjamin Rostance is available on Soundcloud. Link in bio. 

“This toolkit is by no means a definitive guidebook of how to make arts and culture organisations more accessible to disabled and neurodivergent communities. We acknowledge that each disabled or neurodivergent person is different and has varying access needs. We hope that by using the toolkit you will be able to make your organisation more accessible and diverse, sharing your progress and learning with CVAN EM and other venues in the region. Disability is not fixed, and organisations need to continue to provide opportunities for conversation, to listen and to develop best practice. Creativity is universal but more needs to be done to make it accessible! .” - Benjamin & Jo.

✍️Written by Jo Tolley and Benjamin Rostance. 
🖌Illustrations by Freyja Perkins (freyjaillustrates).
👩‍💻Design by Saria Digregorio (sariadigregorio).

‘A Brief Guide to Combining Accessibility with Creativity’ has been developed with artfund support as part of CVAN EM’s Professional Network Grants project. Addressing Inequalities and & Under- representation in the Region’s Sector is focused on establishing a firm foundation to positively impact on public programmes and commissioning in the East Midlands.

ID: An illustration in black ink on a white background, top left is a QR code, to the right text reads ‘SCAN QR FOR LARGER FONT’.
Thank you earthen_lamp for delivering this consultation project for CVAN EM. This audit report presents the empirical findings, as well as recommendations on the next steps. 💾 Download full report via link in bio!

The network audit was conducted to inform future recruitment to CVAN EM’s Steering Group, to make decision-making more representative of the region, & to positively impacting on public programmes and commissioning in the East Midlands. Current CVAN EM Steering Group members and organisations from across the region (thank you to attenboroughac, collectionusher, lborouniarts, nncontemporaryart & weareprimary 🙏) were consulted.

Part of Addressing inequalities and under-representation in the Region’s sector, a Professional Networks Grants project delivered with artfund support. 

Earthen Lamp exists to bring bright thinking to cultural and heritage organisations and creative businesses.

ID: Pinkish red background, block colour, with purple text in foreground which reads ‘Earthen Lamp Audit Report: Understanding the gaps in addressing diversity & representation in the region’s sector’.