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The Radical National Trust of South Essex

The Radical National Trust of South Essex is an artwork by Alan Kane which takes the form of a body of research and corollary activity aimed at celebrating and recording some of the creative energy people commonly express through adapting, improving or personalising their homes. It is hoped that this project will highlight as valuable the small gestures which seem to currently be considered of limited cultural value and which are at risk – because of their apparent low status – of passing without being recorded.

The project is loosely concerned with the geographic region of South Essex which has relatively few National Trust properties and suffers from a certain amount of bad press in respect of its cultural contribution. While the project in no way attempts to rectify these issues it is none the less interesting to consider what is actually being commonly produced now, that through scarcity and age might become the area’s real legacy.

Kane will develop the archive other the next few months, becoming accessible via Essex Records Office later in the year. Further information regarding events will be soon made available.

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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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