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The Old Waterworks

The Old Waterworks is an independent artist-led project space sited in a Victorian water works building converted into artists’ studios, an exhibition space and screening room.

The studios support 14 artists working within a wide range of media, from performance to painting, sculpture to sound. The space provides a platform for experimentation and critical discussion to help drive individual artist practices via the support of a creative community. We also provide dark room and print room facilities for studio artists and associate members, with taster sessions, refresher courses and workshops available to the public.

The studios sit alongside our gallery space which accommodates an ever-changing programme of exhibitions, community events, workshops and artist residencies. The White Bus also regularly screen 16mm and 35mm British films from their comprehensive archive in the screening room.

The Old Waterworks has also built relationships with the local university and colleges, which shows our commitment not only to recognised artists but to the emerging talent in our community.

More info 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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We gratefully acknowledge the support of our project partners: