Who, What & How

Who we are…

CVAN EM is the free-to-access Contemporary Visual Arts Network for the East Midlands, encompassing Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland.

Since 2008 CVAN EM has been part of the national Contemporary Visual Arts Network, first established to support Arts Council England’s 2006 visual arts strategy. We work alongside 8 other regional Contemporary Visual Arts Networks to amplify voices, debate, and democratic change across the sector. Our strength lies in our network.

CVAN EM’s Regional Director is supported by a growing Steering Group, made up of representatives from regional organisations, arts workers and artists working across the East Midlands who act as advisors and advocates. Our Steering Group is dynamic and diverse, passionate about the arts and active within the creative sector in the region.

What we do…

We celebrate and support arts and culture in the region, fostering an inclusive long-term future for the sector, emphasising equity and access for all arts workers.

CVAN EM nurtures regional and cross-regional connectivity and engagement through participation, working in partnership with artists, arts workers, and organisations to build sustainable infrastructures and deliver development opportunities.

How we do it…

CVAN EM is hosted by New Art Exchange (NAE). We operate as a project within the organisation and receive £35,000 per annum via NAE’s Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding settlement. Additional activity is made possible via fundraising, partnership working and support from the national CVAN.

New Art Exchange (NAE) is a ground-breaking, award-winning and internationally recognised creative space in the heart of Hyson Green, Nottingham. We are dedicated to promoting excellence in culturally diverse contemporary arts through our exhibitions, events and engagement initiatives.

We present a changing programme of exhibitions, public programme, creative activities for families and young people, film screenings, festival days, and live performance.