Newsletter 13th Feb – 12th Mar 2017

Hello, welcome to our latest issue. We’re excited to bring you all the newest events, opportunities and news, as well as the latest announcements about our upcoming events. Bookings are being taken for Make.Practice.Perfect, our annual event at The Collection in Lincoln in March and for our next open event for The Start of Something: Reflections and Next Steps at Derby QUAD in April. Make sure you book your place!


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.




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
For this project we will work with selected organisations to commission work for presentation on billboards and other printed and digital materials in 2018. The billboards will be presented simultaneously in locations around the region and the project will be promoted through a joint marketing, branding and communications campaign.
We will be inviting expressions of interest in April.

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

Our partnership with the University of Leicester is developing apace with new researcher on board to interview our project artists, and filming continues with Bill Newsinger. We’ll bring you snippets soon.

Write a Review
Upload a review of exhibitions & events you’ve attended on our website.

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

Have a good few weeks!
CVAN East Midlands


Visitor Services Supervisor, Nottingham Contemporary – 20 Feb
Photography Commission, Canal River Trust – 21 Feb
Venue Hire Executive, Hepworth Wakefield – 21 Feb
Arts Research and Development Co-ordinator, Manchester Met Uni – 22 Feb
Arts Development Officer, Qube – 23 Feb
Artist Assistant, Stephen Burke – 23 Feb
Training opportunity for artists, Backlit – 25 Feb
Artistic Commission, ReRooted & Nourish – 26 Feb
Contemporary Art Writing Prize, Burlington Magazine – 27 Feb
Marketing Assistant and Box Office, Attenborough – 27 Feb
Marketing Internship, Oriel Davies – 28 Feb
Call for Contributions, Sculptorvox – 28 Feb
Call for Online Submissions, Matador Review – 28 Feb
Open Call, Belfast Photo Festival – 6 Mar
Digital Project Officer, City Arts Nottingham – 6 Mar
Gifted 2017, NCCD – 17 Mar
Volunteers: Supporting Older People, Artcore – 19 Mar
Draw The Line, Surface Gallery – 24 Mar
Call for Trustees, Leicester Print Workshop – 31 Mar
Woon Foundation Prize: (Final Year Students), Baltic39 – 3 Apr
Volunteers: Supporting Young People, Artcore – 15 Apr
John Ruskin Prize – 24 Apr
Contemporary British Painting Prize – 20 Apr
Call for Submissions, Unlimited Imprint 4 – 1 June
Call for Lincolnshire Artists, Willoughby Memorial Gallery – 30 June
___________________________________________________________Featured Opportunity:
The Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017
Deadline: 30 April


Ending Soon:

Teachers required, Summer Arts Teaching at Cambridge Uni – 13 Feb
Marketing & Press Internship, Warwick Arts Centre – 13 Feb
Co-production & Engagement Curator, Derby Museums – 13 Feb
Giorgio Sadotti Performance Volunteers, Bonington Gallery – 16 Feb
Assistant Curator, Uni of Manchester – 16 Feb
Open Call: Curator Residencies, Fire Station Artists’ Studio – 17 Feb
Digital Artist in Residence, DAR – 19 Feb
Learning Assistant, Attenborough Arts – 19 Feb



Dissolving Seas, Bank Mills Studios – until 24 Feb
Bridge the Gap, Artcore – until 28 Feb
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
Reality Is An Illusion/Audio Visual Show/WHIRRR, Two Queens – 25 Feb
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
Jonathan Monk: The Sound of Laughter Isn’t Necessarily Funny, The Gallery DMU – until 11 Mar
Urban/Rural Group Show, The Eye – 23 Mar to 19 April
Where Shapes Come From, Phoenix – until 26 Mar

Alys Power One & Many, NCCD – until 12 Mar
2020 Visions, NCCD – until 12 Mar
CVAN EM Annual Event: Make.Practice.Perfect., 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

And Then…, NN Contemporary Art – until 25 Feb
Jam: A Spread of Printmaking, Intercession Gallery – until 26 Feb
Natural Vestige: Public Workshops, The Cube – 18 to 19 Mar
Our Woods, Corby- until 7 May

Giogio Sadotti, Bonington Gallery – 23 Feb to 31 Mar
Discussion EventThe Virtual Self, NAE – 24 Feb
The Art of Survival, BACKLIT – until 25 Feb
‘Polyfaces’: Screening with Dinner & Debate, Primary – 25 and 26 Feb
Talk with Barbara Walker, NAE – 2 Mar
Close Distance, Nottingham Castle – 8 Mar to 1 May
Franko B: Milk + Blood, BACKLIT – 10 Mar

Alice Gale-Feeny: ‘Getting to Know, Nottingham Castle – until 12 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
No Strangers Allowed On This Works, Nottingham Castle – 25 Mar to 7 May
Here, There & Everywhere, Multi-organisation/NAE – until 31 Mar
Sue Spark, Mrs Ricks Cupboard – until 31 Mar
The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary – until 30 Apr
Project Lab: Colour & Shape, Nottingham Castle – until 3 May
Matthew Darbyshire: The Object is Alive, Nottingham Castle – until 14 May


Featured Exhibition:
Jonathan Monk: 

The Sound Of Laughter Isn’t Necessarily Funny
The Gallery, DeMontfort University
Open until 11 March


Ending Soon:

All Men By Nature Desire To Know, Bonington Gallery – until 17 Feb
Matthew Kel: This Way Up, 3 The Spot – until 17 Feb
Debra Swann & Caroline Locke, Primary – until 18 Feb
Victor Pasmore, Lakeside Arts – until 19 Feb



This month has seen great visibility for the East Midlands in national press, with The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary receiving brilliant reviews in The Guardian. The exhibition brings together around 100 works by over 30 artists and collectives spanning painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and archival displays from the 1980s, exploring this pivotal decade for British culture and politics. “The work here was often made when the artists were barely out of college. It is an art of protest, declaration, revelation, news; it is art as a form of public speech.” (Laura Cumming, The Guardian)

East Midlands’ artists have been selected for Axisweb features:


Loughborough market has won best large outdoor market at the British Market of the Year Awards 2017,  saw markets across the country battle it out to win a coveted award. The winner was praised for supporting traders with innovative ideas. The award also recognised its work with Loughborough University on Market Town, a 2016 project involving traders spending a day on campus for the ‘University Market’ followed by academic staff holding a series of special lectures in the market place.Photograph courtesy: Julian Hughes

A Stamford student has been selected to exhibit a the Royal Society of British Artist’s Annual Exhibition in London, opening 22nd March at the Mall Galleries. Jane McNulty’s work, entitled Wooden Spoon will be shown as part of the RBA’s ‘Rising Star’ show, before joining work of professional artists in the annual exhibition.

Ridiculous‘ at Attenborough Arts Centre appeared in various press, drawing interest with the show’s interrogation of body labels and the “somewhat senseless terminology that media culture has introduced into our everyday language” The work is a collaboration between Emma Fay, Juliette Burton and Adam Pearson. (Image credit: Trout Pout,