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
Unseen Treasures of The Portland Collection
25th March 2023 – 31st December 2025
Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition
FASCINATING FINDS FROM NOTTINGHAM’S CAVES: Places of Work and Play
12th January 2024 – 7th July 2024
University of Nottingham Museum , Nottinghamshire
Workshop
Online Slow Reading Group: Down To Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime
15th January 2024 – 20th May 2024
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition
Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Exposure
27th January 2024 – 5th May 2024
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition
Dora Budor
27th January 2024 – 5th May 2024
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire
Exhibition
Traces
23rd February 2024 – 19th May 2024
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicestershire
Workshop
1525: Rights to Our City
3rd March 2024 – 5th May 2024
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire
Workshop
Early Years Sensory Workshops: Let’s Play. Again!
4th March 2024 – 22nd April 2024
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottinghamshire
We’re delighted to share details of our upcoming event ‘What’s Changing in Lincolnshire – A forum focused on ambitious development in the county’s visual arts sector.’

When: Fri 8 March, 10.30-4PM
Location: hubsleaford
Attending: Booking is essential, 🔗 in bio

Who: CVAN EM is facilitating a discussion day for artists, arts workers and organisations based in Lincolnshire, and working within the visual arts sector.

What: Artists and arts workers will lead and contribute to conversations around the shifting arts and culture landscape in the county and their collective ambitions for Lincolnshire. Equally important to the conversation will be the opportunity to acknowledge, share and reflect on struggles, falterings and failings.

Link in bio for programme and speaker details! 

#WhatsChanging #Lincolnshire #WhatsChangingLincolnshire #Forum 

ID: text on purple background reads What’s Changing in Lincolnshire – A forum focused on ambitious development in the county’s visual arts sector.
CVAN EM will be joined by Arts Council England (aceagrams) Relationship Managers Laura O’Leary (Visual Arts, East Midlands) and Ruth Harvey (Visual Arts, West Midlands) for a funding advice giving session. This event will take place online via Zoom on Thursday 14 March, 1-2PM. Free. Link in bio to book.

Laura and Ruth will share a presentation giving an overview of ACE funding opportunities including National Lottery Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice. Access support for applicants will also be outlined. The session will conclude with an audience Q&A and details of ACE and CVAN EM resources to support you in making your application.
The session is delivered by CVAN EM and is for creatives based or practicing in the East Midlands.

Access: The session will take place on Zoom. Closed captions will be available throughout provided via Otter ai. On booking, please share any access requirements that you would like to make us aware of or contact colette@cvaneastmidlands.co.uk. Please share access requirements at least 1-week ahead of the event.

The session will not be recorded.
Book now for Better Together #4: Governance, governance….How to love it and why it’s important. Join us on Thursday 15 February, 1-2pm for our online session on governance with Andrea Nixon of culturepeopleuk. Details below, link in bio to book.

Finding the ‘right’ volunteer Trustees….Board meetings which are helpful not harmful….keeping on top of reporting….how to engage individuals, particularly in relation to funding…

It has never been easy to recruit and keep a perfect Board, but it can seem even tougher at present, particularly when many arts organisations feel as if they have been in crisis mode since Covid.  This session will discuss:
What’s working and not working at the moment?
Why?
How do we make change happen?
Who can help?
We’ll look in particular at how to develop your board (Skills, recruitment, training, ongoing reviews) and ways of making the relationship between board and executive blossom.

Bi-monthly Better Together sessions offer an opportunity for change makers in the East Midlands, UK to connect. We particularly encourage attendance from directors, trustees and programme leads and welcome participants to share with the group current challenges that their organisation is facing, helping establish a supportive space for shared learning and development. Sessions proritise time for open discussion.

People Make It Work was established by Richard Watts over 20 years ago to support organisational development for cultural organisations. Its programmes include change management, employee engagement, leadership development, fundraising, facilitation and training, including its highly regarded Change Creation programme.  

Andrea Nixon is a highly experienced executive director and cultural consultant. She has developed cultural strategies for places ranging from Salisbury to Birkenhead and worked with a number of museums, galleries and collections in depth on their vision and sustainable operations, including National Museums Liverpool, National Museum Wales, Turner Contemporary, Kettle’s Yard & the Arts Council Collection.
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