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Oakwood Sun Club Open Day

Barry Sykes has been in residence at Oakwood Sun Club researching into the local history of nudism, naturism and associated ideas of imperfection, invisibility and communal retreats in the landscape.

On Sunday 25 June you can learn more about his work as Oakwood invite visitors to meet their members and explore the club’s grounds at their annual Open Day Barbecue.

Established in 1962 amongst woodland on the banks of the M25 between Brentwood and Romford, Oakwood Sun Club offers a bucolic escape from the world outside, with meadow, dense foliage and flowing streams, home to rabbits, squirrels, rare butterflies and visiting deer. Club members enjoy a heated pool, boules, croquet and miniten courts, kids play area and a large sun lawn to stretch out as nature intended.

Alongside this chance to appreciate the club’s achievements, Barry Sykes will be presenting a display of his research to date, including sunlight-generated cyanotype prints, surveys and various archive material.

Guests at Oakwood will not be asked to undress (unless using the pool) although are very welcome to give it a try, and should expect others to do so. You are advised to bring a towel with you.

Entrance is free, simply email bobatoakwood@yahoo.co.uk if you want to attend. More information can be found here


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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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