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MORNING is a project that attempts to identify the correlation between a series of climbing frames, designed in the 1970s & situated in Victoria Park, Laindon, with the area’s inclusion in the Basildon New Town experiment, and their simultaneous periods of change.

When peeling back the layers of history that can be found in Victoria Park one can begin to learn about Basildon– from the Plotlands to the New Town experiment. MORNING aims to consider this history while setting out to save and restore the park’s heritage climbing frames, giving them a new lease of life.

Visitors were invited to walking tours around the former Plotlands of Victoria Park and a chance to enjoy the new park designed by HAGS-SMP. In the evening there was the opportunity to discuss Laindon’s past, present and future, where we presented new artwork and ephemera.

5 – 6pm Victoria Park, Victoria Rd, Basildon, SS16 6RN

7 – 9pm King Edward Community Centre, King Edward Rd, SS15 6HL

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts and Basildon Council.

More information here

The Plotlands, Victoria Park in Basildon and King Edward Community Centre

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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: