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‘Building the Future’

‘Building the Future’ was a free drop-in family arts workshop from the Focal Point Gallery learning team. With artist-led sessions that will reference the county’s pioneering twentieth century architecture, families were guided to create their own designs and artwork using drawing, collage and cardboard construction.

These are free drop-in workshops for all ages, where children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions ran in the following time slots:

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 11am to 12pm, 12pm to 1pm, 2pm to 3pm, 3pm to 4pm.

Workshops were run by Florence Dwyer and Simon Worthington who inspired by the county’s Modernist architecture and Plotlands developments encouraged the creation of wearable paper buildings, and India Harvey who created imagined built landscapes using basketry and weaving techniques.


Silver End Village Hall, Broadway, Silver End, Witham, Essex, CM8 3RQ
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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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We gratefully acknowledge the support of our project partners: