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‘Landscape, Identity and the London Spill’ with Tim Burrows, Matthew Butcher, Charles Holland, Rachel Lichtenstein and Ken Worpole

As an introduction to ESSEX Architecture Weekend, this panel discussion will explores the relationship between London and Essex, mapping out a collective cultural history between county and Capital. The session will considered why Essex in particular has been a site of experimental thought and lifestyle, examining its proximity to London and the shared waterway of the Thames, a landscape that has offered both industry and recreation. The session also reflects on the ever-changing perceptions of the county, considering life on the periphery of the city and the redrawing of county lines in the creation of cultural identities.

Exploring this relationship contextualised the weekend’s programme and told why Essex holds particularly fertile ground for radical architectural developments and the socio-political projects they foster.

Speakers include Matthew Butcher, Charles Holland, Rachel Lichtenstein and Ken Worpole, chaired by Tim Burrows.

The ESSEX Architecture Weekend talks programme was curated by Warren Harper and Stephanie Sutton. A subtitled version will be available soon.

Silver End Village Hall, Silver End, Witham, 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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