Newsletter 13th Mar – 10th Apr 2017

Hello, we’re feeling cheerful as it looks as though Spring has sprung and whilst we can’t boast UFO shaped clouds or cheetahs on the loose, or do anything to accelerate the interminable machinations of Brexit, or  prevent the next lot of rail strikes, we are pleased to bring you the latest events, opportunities and news in the sector, our newest Meet the Artist profile and details of our upcoming events, all of which we’re really excited about.

Bookings are still being taken for Make.Practice.Perfect, our annual event at The Collection in Lincoln on Friday 24th March. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, you’ll want to get it soon so as not to miss the day’s proceedings and our fantastic contributors.

You can also book your place at  our next open event for The Start of Something: Reflections and Next Steps at Derby QUAD in April.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at these events, find out more below.

Make.Practice.Perfect. – The Collection – Friday 24th March, 10am – 5pm
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.

In Another Place
National news

The Start of Something
Reflections and next steps – QUAD – Friday 28th April, 2.30 – 5.30pm
At this FREE event attendees will be able to introduce new topics of conversation for possible CVAN EM investment and hypothesise over what might happen in the region, informally over refreshments. They will also hear from groups whose conversations have already received support as they reflect on their progress so far and their future plans.
Tell us you’re coming!

In Another Place
We hope you’ve seen the publicity for this new project, which will see us working with a group of selected organisations on a region-wide publicity and engagement campaign, featuring billboards presented around the region in May – July 2018.
We will be inviting expressions of interest soon.

Meet the Artist
As we thank Theo Miller for being our outgoing featured artist, we welcome Emma Davies as our latest Meet the Artist participant. Read her profile to find out more about her practice.

Find out more about our project artists at Make.Practice.Perfect on 24th March in Lincoln as they discuss things that they have benefited from and that have helped them in their careers.

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Have a good few weeks!
CVAN East Midlands


Featured Opportunity:
Artist Call for Young People’s Project
So Festival
Opportunity to work with young people to create the space for the screening of Semele by Garsington Opera.
Deadline: 17th March

Associate Curator, Grand Union – 20 Mar
Draw The Line, Surface Gallery – 24 Mar
Site-responsive Commission at Model Village, Junction Arts – 26 Mar
Young People’s Programme Producer, Site Gallery – 27 Mar
Curator, Assemble Fest – 27 Mar
Call for Trustees, Leicester Print Workshop – 31 Mar
Woon Foundation Prize: (Final Year Students), Baltic39 – 3 Apr
Emerge Call for Artists, The Mighty Creatives – 3 Apr
Lecturer (BA Hons Textile Design), Hereford College of Arts – 3 Apr
Artist in Residence (SEN), Attenborough Arts – 7 Apr
The Annex Collection Acquisition Award – 9 Apr
Volunteers: Supporting Young People, Artcore – 15 Apr
Volunteers: Supporting Older People, Artcore – 15 Apr
John Ruskin Prize – 24 Apr
Contemporary British Painting Prize – 20 Apr
The Luxembourg Art Prize – 31 May
Call for Submissions, Matador Review – 31 May
Call for Artists working with Identity, George Sfougaras – 31 May
Call for Submissions, Unlimited Imprint 4 – 1 June
Call for Lincolnshire Artists, Willoughby Memorial Gallery – 30 June
Ending Soon

Head of Audiences & Partnerships, Nottingham Contempoprary – 13 Mar
Education & Engagement Officer, Meadow Arts – 13 Mar
Learning Facilitator, Derby Museums – 13 Mar
WordPress Website Designer Needed, Junction Arts – 13 Mar
Fundrasing Coordinator, Junction Arts – 13 Mar
Head of Learning, Ikon Gallery – 15 Mar
Consultant Required for research into Visual Art in Sheffield, Museums Sheffield – 16 Mar
Assistant Curator, Up Projects- 16 Mar
Gifted 2017, NCCD – 17 Mar
Freelance Artist Open Call for Young People’s Project, SO Festival – 17 Mar
Creative Business Coach, NAE – 17 Mar
Creative & Digital Industry Specialist, NAE – 17 Mar
Alt-Barbican Artist Programme, Barbican – 19 Mar


FORMAT Festival, QUAD – 24 Mar to 23 Apr
Daniel Regan & Antonia Attwood, QUAD – 24 Mar to 23 Apr
FORMAT: Ahead Still Lies Our Future, QUAD – 24 Mar to 11 June
CVAN:The Start of Something: reflections and next steps, QUAD – 28 Apr

Leicestershire & Rutland
Site Specific Art: a workshop with Joe Rowley, Loughborough University –  23 Mar
Night in the Museum, Attenborough Arts – 24 Feb to 21 May
Viktor Timofeev, Two Queens – 4 Mar to 28 May
E.S.P: Steppes, Two Queens – 4 Mar to 28 May
Urban/Rural Group Show, The Eye – 23 Mar to 19 Apr
Where Shapes Come From, Phoenix – until 26 Mar
Laura Dawes: ​Working as a Video Game Artist, The Gallery DMU – 5 Apr
No Copyright Infingement Intended, The Phoenix – 7 Apr to 21 May
Panel Discussion: Copyright as Frame and Prison, The Phoenix – 28 Apr
No Copyright Infringement Intended Curator’s Tour, The Phoenix – 11 May

CVAN EM Annual Event: Make.Practice.Perfect., The Collection – 24 Mar
Documentary is a Particular Type of Fiction, The Collection – 24 Mar
3D Printing: The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful,NCCD – until 23 Apr
OPEM 4, The Collection – until 24 Apr
What Do I Need To Do To Make It OK?, NCCD – 18 March to 14 May
James E Smith, Usher Gallery – until 2 May

Memorability as an Image, NN Contemporary – 16 Mar to 6 May
Our Woods, Corby- until 7 May
Draw, Yarrow Gallery – until 24 Mar

NTU Festival, Surface Gallery – 14 to 25 Mar
No Strangers Allowed On This Works, Nottingham Castle – 25 Mar to 7 May
Here, There & Everywhere, Multi-organisation/NAE – until 31 Mar

Nottinghamshire continued…
Sue Spark, Mrs Ricks Cupboard – until 31 Mar
The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary – until 30 Apr
Close Distance, Nottingham Castle Gallery – until 1 May
Project Lab: Colour & Shape, Nottingham Castle – until 3 May
Nine Painters, Syson – until 6 May
Matthew Darbyshire: The Object is Alive, Nottingham Castle – until 14 May


Featured Event:

Make. Practice. Perfect
The Collection, Lincoln
24th March 


Ending Soon

Natural Vestige: Public Workshops, The Cube – 18 to 19 Mar

James St Findlay and Stasis ~ Best Of, Hutt Collective – 16 Mar
A Divided Nation, Threshold Studios – 16 Mar
The Art of Black Hair, NAE – until 19 Mar
UNTITLED: Art on the Conditions of Our Time, NAE – until 19 Mar
Jacqueline Fraser, TG Gallery – until 18 Mar



Beacon Art Project has been awarded Arts Council Grants for the Arts funding to further development of Beacon Bureau and to produce its first project, ‘Concrete+Clay’, 6-29 April, a collaboration with Roaming Room, London. For information about this and other projects subscribe at:

Jake Moore

 Matthew Chesney
OPEM 4 Prize Winners
Nottingham gallery and studios Backlit boasts winners in The Collection’s OPEM 4 exhibition. Resident artist Jake Moore has won the Solo Show Prize, for an exhibition, which will take place this autumn and Director Matthew Chesney has been awarded the Heslam Trust Commission Prize to make work for The Collection’s permanent collection. Find out more about Jake and Matthew. OPEM 4 continues until 1 May.