Reading International is among the six new members announced by CVAN South East (the South East Contemporary Visual Arts Network).

Reading International is Reading’s new contemporary visual arts organisation promoting and commissioning exhibitions, events, talks and offsite projects, led by the Reading School of Art at the University of Reading.

Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and Chair of CVAN South East, said: We are delighted to welcome six new member organisations to CVAN South East that will both refresh and strengthen our network. Each already plays a significant part in enriching the quality, reach, and distinctiveness of the visual arts in our region. This is an exciting period of change for us at CVAN South East, and we look forward to working together with our new members on bolstering the thriving visual arts ecology in the South East.

Susanne Clausen, Director, Reading International said: “We are delighted to join the CVAN South East network and are looking forward to working with other institutions across the region. The Reading International team is growing and we are heading into a busy season of exhibitions and events working with artists, curators, partners and students, and we are exploring the role of the art school as a catalyst for self-determined, co-operative, flexible and site-specific art production in a regional context. Our upcoming programme includes a series of new commissions organized by NOVEL, a residency with Lada Nakonechna for the Abbey Ruins, a new digital publication with Lozana Rossenova and Rhizome and a new commission by Steve Claydon for The Museum of English Rural Life. As part of these projects we are keen to involve students and recent graduates as much as possible. In this context it is important to highlight that the Platform Graduate Award has been a key opportunity and a springboard for our graduates over the last few years.

Reading International is also joined by HOUSE Biennial, Jerwood Gallery, Open School East ,Outside In, Phoenix Brighton


Image: reading in Reading by David Raymond Conroy, Ghislaine Leung, Jesper List Thomsen, Cally Spooner at Central Library 2017, courtesy Reading International.