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A House For Essex

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture’s collaborative project ‘A House for Essex’ is part secular chapel, part folly, part artwork, and part shrine. Perry dubbed it ‘the Taj Mahal on the River Stour’, as it is dedicated to ‘Julie’, a mythical Essex everywoman whose story is told inside the house via Perry’s ceramics, tapestries and artworks.

The gingerbread-like dwelling, built in Wrabness in 2015, is Perry’s homage to the “single mums in Dagenham, hairdressers in Colchester, and the landscape and history of Essex”. It is constructed from a series of house forms in increasing sizes, and has two bedrooms and a bath that allows a view of the hallway.

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A House For Essex, Black Boy Lane, Manningtree (View on Map)
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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