ECVAN Autumn Highlights

Tariq Alvi, 'A Poster for a Library' (detail), 1995

Tariq Alvi, 'A Poster for a Library' (detail), 1995

ECVAN's must-see exhibitions taking place this Autumn:

Until 3 Jan 2016
Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

A Crafts Council and FACT exhibition, in association with Norfolk Museums Service, which will explore how digital technologies come together with traditional processes of production to create new ways of working, sharing and collaborating.


Until 23 Oct 2015
Routed through Essex
Gibberd Gallery

Routed through Essex is the final exhibition of a commissioning programme that is part of Essex Network of Artists’ Studios (ENAS). In 2015, ENAS awarded four artist collaborations, opportunities which included commissions, a residency and a socially engaged project. This exhibition showcases the outcomes of each new project alongside selected works from previous exhibitions and other ENAS funded opportunities.


Until 22 Nov 2015
Open Exhibition
Firstsite, Colchester

With nearly 800 submissions, the Firstsite Open Exhibition highlights the diverse range of interesting work that is produced by artists living and working in the East of England. A full programme of events and activities during the exhibition can be found on the website.


10 Nov 2015 to 26 Mar 2016 (PV Sat 7 Nov 6-8pm)
Duh? Art & Stupidity
Focal Point Gallery 25th Anniversary exhibition

Duh? Art & Stupidity, curated by Paul Clinton and Anna Gritz, is a group exhibition featuring thirty artists, including Tariq Alvi, BANK, Bonnie Camplin, Erik van Lieshout, Clunie Reid, Annika Ström and Andy Warhol. The exhibition looks at stupidity as a subject and a tactic of art making, with a particular focus on its relationship to the politics and performance of identity. For more information click here.

The exhibition will open with a launch event at the gallery on Saturday 7 November, 6.00pm to 8.00pm. C2C have provided a dedicated return train from London Fenchurch Street to Southend Central for this event. For more information on the exhibition and launch event, please contact


20 Nov 2015 – 16 Jan 2016
Sightlines: Public and Private (Lives)
Photographs by Julie Cook at the University of Hertfordshire Galleries

Sightlines - Public and Private (Lives) will showcase Julie Cook's work over 20 years as an 'embedded' photographer working in the exotic dancing industry in London and Las Vegas.

In particular the exhibition will focus on Cook's work at 'Olympia Moments' Ltd, a London exotic dancing club owned run and operated by the dancers themselves. As interested in the audience and their reactions to the spectacle unfolding before them, as she is in the performers.

UH Galleries will also host a symposium alongside the exhibition on December 5th examining some of the issues around the increasingly public and mainstream nature of nudity, stripping and burlesque and the body as a site for dance led experimentation. Click here for more information.