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‘Visions of Utopia’ with Gillian Darley, Owen Hatherley, Sam Jacob and Verity-Jane Keefe

Visions of Utopia is a series of short talks that relate to the wider themes within the ESSEX Architecture Weekend talks programme, exploring the notion of utopia in either built or ideological form, led by Gillian Darley, Owen Hatherley, Sam Jacob and Verity-Jane Keefe. Subjects include Trotskyist Summer Camps on Mersea Island, the 1973 Essex Design Guide, the imagination of postwar urban planning, and the evolution of the Dunton Plotlands.

The ESSEX Architecture Weekend talks programme is 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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