Steering Group

CVAN EM’s Regional Director is supported by a growing Steering Group, made up of representatives from regional organisations and artists / artist workers from across the East Midlands. Steering Group members act as advisors and advocates who use their knowledges, experience, and skills to inform and champion CVAN EM’s work. Key responsibilities are to:

  • Support the Regional Director to help them set and achieve measurable aims and objectives for CVAN EM.
  • Contribute to network wide conversation and activity.
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships and funding.
  • Represent and champion CVAN EM within the sector and region, promoting CVAN EM and the wider network to relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and enthusiasm for developing the role of CVAN EM in the sector, supporting it to strive for excellence.
  • Support positive relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Attend x4 Steering Group meetings per financial year. 
  • Support recruitment for future new Steering Group members.
  • Contribute to an annual review of the Steering Group’s responsibilities to CVAN EM and CVAN EM’s responsibilities to its Steering Group members.
  • Support the development of ‘subgroups’ within the CVAN EM Steering Group, with different focus areas to ensure individuals have greater say and impact.

CVAN EM is neither a charity nor limited company, which means there are no personal liabilities associated with the membership of our Steering Group. Please refer to our Terms of Reference for a full overview.

CVAN EM is looking to develop its Steering Group. We are seeking members who are interested in developing a more resilient visual arts sector in the region and emphasising equity and access for all arts workers. Click here for details. Deadline Monday 20 June 2022, 5pm.

The Steering Group is currently made up of the following people:

Saad Eddine Said (Chair)

Saad Eddine Said, CEO and Artistic Director of New Art Exchange – Before his appointment at NAE he was Director of Home in Slough, a Creative People and Places project, and was Co- Founder and former Co-Artistic Director of the charity Terre Sans Frontiere in Morocco. In 2019 he curated the Occupy season at Battersea Arts Centre and the London City Take Over.

Angela Bartram 

Angela Bartram is an artist working with objects, sound, video, print, performance event and published text, concerning thresholds of the human body, gallery or museum, definitions of the human and animal as companion species and strategies for documenting the ephemeral.

Bartram is Professor of Contemporary Art and Head of Arts Research and the Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre at the University of Derby. Bartram is Executive Board member for the Society for Artistic Research, CHEAD Research Alliance Strategy Group member, National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE) Collaborations Champion Network member, peer reviewer for Project Anywhere global exhibition programme (University of Melbourne) Emotion, Space and Society journal, the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR), and the Austrian Science Fund, and consultant for The Danish National School of Performing Arts journal and Kingdom University (Bahrain). Additionally she is a Chair of the steering group for Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands. She has a PhD from Middlesex University.

Daniel Sean Kelly

Daniel is an artist based in Leicester and co-director of Two Queens, an artist-run gallery and studios located in the city. Working largely in painting, printmaking and ceramics, his work seeks to create a speculative space for the imagining of other realities – a science fictional universe comprised only of objects existing in the world up to this point. He has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. He is an alumnus of the free, alternative postgraduate programme The School of the Damned and a graduate of MA Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Peter Bonnell

Peter has been Senior Curator at QUAD since 2012, where he has led on a range of projects, including the mass participation film work ‘Derby Soap Opera’ with the artist and filmmaker Marinella Senatore, involving almost 15,000 Derby Residents, group exhibitions Illuminated and The Pride and the Passion: Contemporary Art, Football and The Derby County Collection and solo shows with artists Lindsay Seers, Benedict Drew and Susan MacWilliamBefore this, Peter was Curator at ArtSway, in the New Forest, where he was responsible for the exhibitions, residency and commissioning programmes and the education programme. He studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University and did an MFA at the University of Arkansas. Graduating with an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London, Peter co-curated This much is certain working directly with the artists Jeremy Deller and Dexter Dalwood.

Ruchita Shaikh

Ruchita is a Visual Arts graduate with a post-graduate qualification in Industrial Design (ceramics) from the National institute of Design India. Ruchita joined Artcore in 2000 in India and is now the Executive Director of Artcore in Derby. Ruchita represents on the Culture and Leisure Board of Derby City Council and is a trustee of Community Action Derby since last 5years. She is also an active member of the local Neighbourhood Board. She feels strongly that art is an effective, empathetic tool to bring people together.