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Steering Group

CVAN EM’s Regional Director is supported by a 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 set and achieve measurable aims and objectives.
  • Contribute to network wide conversation and activity.
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships and funding.
  • Represent and champion CVAN EM within the sector and region
  • Demonstrate an interest in and enthusiasm for developing the role of CVAN EM.
  • 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 responsibilities.
  • Support the development of ‘subgroups’, with different focus areas.

Please refer to our Terms of Reference for a full overview.

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

Saad Eddine Said (Chair)

Known for his City Take-Overs, Saad Eddine Said is a curator who initiates and builds bridges and creative partnerships between local communities, artists, activists, social entrepreneurs, innovators, cultural organisations and governmental institutions. His work focuses on co-creating impactful and artistic takeovers that are aimed at re-thinking, re-imagining and re-shaping the structure and future of institutions and communities in towns and cities nationally and internationally. He presented his work and vision around theories of change in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. Saad Eddine Said is the Co-Founder and previous Co-Artistic Director of the charity Terre Sans Frontiere (Morocco) and worked as the Director of HOME Slough (UK). Saad has recently taken the position as Artistic Director and CEO of New Art Exchange.

Amrit Doll

Amrit provides sector support as the Arts Officer for Leicester City Council. She co-produces commissions, events and organises the annual Open Exhibition at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery.

In her own artistic practice, Amrit considers acts of constructing and layering through multimedia. She has completed residencies at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, and at the University of Loughborough. She is also part of the photography collective, The Field Studies, and has written articles for Art Review and the remark.

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.

Charlie Collins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie is an illustrator, curator, facilitator and storyteller. Her practice explores traditional medias and alternative publishing methods, with a focus on wellbeing, environmental issues, creative collaboration and viewer interaction. Charlie co-directs No Jobs in the Arts, a project that supports early-career creatives in the East Midlands.

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.

Harriet Plewis

Harriet Plewis is an artist and educator based in Lincoln. Her activity is rooted in performance, critical pedagogies and the moving image. Her work looks at expanded reading, the mechanics of solidarity, and the conditions for co-creation. Her Dance School series has been exhibited in Istanbul, Newcastle upon Tyne, and New York. In collaboration with others, she makes Reading Rooms, which are homages to texts in the form of temporary venues. She makes collaborative film works as Bower Fleming Plewis with the artists Deborah Bower and Mat Fleming. Harriet also lectures in Contemporary Art at Huddersfield University.

Harry Freestone

Harry is an artist and technician based in Nottingham, as well as Co-Director of Gasleak Mountain – an artist-led project space and community interest company located in the city. Through Harry’s artistic practice he explores architectural facades and design tropes that surround our everyday lives with a critical focus on social constructs, through the mediums of sculpture and moving image. Harry works full time as a freelance art technician in art galleries across the Midlands, including Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle Trust, New Art Exchange and others across the UK.

Since graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2019, he has worked on international sculptural fabrications, being an artist’s assistant as well as a technician, and co-founding Gasleak Mountain. Through his curatorial projects as part of Gasleak Mountain, Harry has focused on representing and supporting early career artists with an LGBTQ+ focus, as well as bringing alternative arts events to the city alongside exhibitions.

Ismail Khokon

Ismail is a British/Bangladeshi visual artist based in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, a New Midland Group associate and artist member of the Primary, an artist-led space in Nottingham where he also co-delivers the Build Create Play project. He is a Resident Associate Artists in the New Art Exchange, Nottingham where he leads workshops for children and adults across local communities. In 2021 Ismail received Arts Council England DYCP funding supporting At the Crossroads, a project that has seen him deliver workshops most recently with Refugee Roots and NEST during Refugee Week 2022. He works consistently to platform the experiences and stories of those communities that have been systematically marginalised.

Ismail studied Fine Arts in Bangladesh before completing a MA in Design for Communication at Westminster University, London. Ismail has a broad interest in the visual arts, and his socially engaged practice includes painting, sculpture, photography, text, installation, graphic design illustration, sound and music. He has exhibited in LOOK Photo Biennial (2022), Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; Format 21 International Photography Festival (2021), Derby;Diffusion International Photography Festival (2021), Wales; An Indian Summer (2020), Leicestershire.

Kyla Hyslop

As the Engagement Producer at the LEVEL Centre, Kyla aims to build connections with the community as well as provide opportunities for learning disabled people and the wider disabled community to enjoy and benefit from the arts. Having worked in the arts and heritage sector for organisations such as Bradford Museums and Galleries and York Museums Trust, she is looking to build upon previous experience to focus on accessibility, participation and inclusion.

Lucy Lumb

Lucy is a visual arts producer with over twenty years’ experience in the creative sector. She builds strong working relationships with artists, communities and partners to deliver projects including permanent and temporary commissions, wellbeing initiatives, festivals and artist residencies. Lucy is interested in creating projects that are owned and celebrated by their communities in public spaces, rural locations, community centres, heritage sites and healthcare settings. She is passionate about equity of access to creativity and culture for all people, of all abilities, ages and backgrounds. Inspired by collaborating with artists in unusual locations and with new communities, her benchmark of success is when those that think art is ‘not for them’ turn this around to become advocates for creativity at all levels. Alongside her freelance practice, Lucy is the Visual Arts Development Co-ordinator at the Hub in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Mercè Santos Mir

Mercè Santos Mir is a curator and cultural producer based in Nottingham. She has fourteen years of experience practising in contemporary art contexts across exhibition-making, public programmes and community engagement.

Mercè has worked in organisations such as New Art Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary where she has curated a wide range of critically engaged events and live art performances, as well as developed artist residencies. As a freelance, Mercè has curated exhibitions with the Institute of Mental Health and has collaborated with independent artists.

Mercè’s interests lie within feminist practices, institutional analysis, and the politics of care. Other research interests include death positivity, rituals, witchcraft, and the occult. Mercè is a member of The Order of the Good Death and the Three Ecologies Research Group – with whom she co-hosts a monthly reading and discussion group on contemporary ecologies.

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.

Saziso Phiri

Image credit: Tom Morley

Saziso Phiri is a freelance curator and cultural producer who is passionate about early career and emerging artistic development. Curatorially, her main interest involves exploring new ways of curating, and stimulating perceptive dialogues between artists and audiences through exhibitions and interventions.

She is the founder of The Anti Gallery, a curation and artist development platform engaging art outside of formal art gallery environments, producing over 30 engagements since its launch in 2016. As a freelancer, Saziso has worked with Backlit Gallery, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Format Photography Festival, City Arts Nottingham, Nuart Productions in Norway, and UK New Artists. She has contributed to symposiums and talks at Primary, DeMontford University, Sheffield Hallam University, Threshold Studios, Centrala, Museums Sheffield, Mansions of the Future and NN Contemporary. Saziso is also an artist mentor, and occasionally sits on open call and selection panels for exhibitions and artist residences. Her writing has been published by ArtReview, Remark and Raise Karma.