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Radical ESSEX Beach Hut

The Radical Essex Beach Hut is an extension of the first event in the programme, exhibition ‘The Peculiar People’ at Focal Point Gallery. With exterior design by Fraser Muggeridge studio, inside shows a series of archival material and new photography of the county by Catherine Hyland, presenting an alternative, less well known history of Essex. Material displayed includes literature documenting the changing land uses of the county, from the self-managed plotlands to the Basildon New Town, former vegetarian colonies in Stanford-Le-Hope and images of the modernist estates of Silver End and Bata East Tilbury. Films from the Essex archive document living practices within the county alongside a series of commissioned artists’ editions responding to the region.

The Beach Hut can viewed by visiting Southend Pier, and forms part of the exhibition Wish You Were Here by Metal and event in the forthcoming Estuary Festival.

Southend Pier
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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: