Our activity over the last eighteen months has been delivered under the title of It Takes a Region To Raise An Artist, which posits that the entire sector shares a responsibility for and has an interest in artist and artistic development. The activity has been informed by research into the East Midlands visual arts ecology, that we commissioned in partnership with CAMEo, at the University of Leicester. It sees us continue to work collaboratively, with artists and organisations, to create opportunities and networks and to celebrate visual practice arts in the region, from making to presenting.

Throughout February and March we held a series of events across the region, to share the research findings and recommendations. These came to an end due to Covid-19 measures. We are currently exploring funding opportunities to enable us to instigate new projects that respond to the recommendations and work with a range of partners, to create new opportunities for artists and visual arts practitioners.

We continue to document contemporary visual arts practice in the East Midlands through our Meet the Artist and Curating the East Midlands illustrated interviews with artists and curators living and working in the region. Over the summer we introduced Digital Dialogues, a series of conversations involving artists, curators, producers and others with a connection to our programme, which we hope to do more of.

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