Petrified Oak Forest of Mundon, Essex © Glyn Baker
The East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) has launched New Geographies, a three-year Arts Council England-funded project that invites members of the public to nominate locations for 10 major site-specific visual arts commissions across the East of England.
ECVAN is seeking ‘overlooked or unexpected places’ in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Nominations submitted thus far include the Petrified Forest of Mundon, Essex; the Concrete Pyramid on Great Yarmouth’s coast; The Chapel of St Peter-On-The-Wall in Bradwell-on-Sea; the abandoned Tesco site in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire; and Pontins Holiday Park, Hemsby.
Nominations can be submitted now via www.newgeographies.uk so get nominating and are open until 22nd October 2017. Following further consultation, ten leading UK and international artists will be commissioned, with the first announcement made in January 2018. The commissions will be unveiled in Summer 2018, Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019 and Autumn 2019.
Check @newgeog for updates
About the New Geographies and its partner organisations:
New Geographies is nanced by a £600,000 grant from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, which was established to stimulate and support ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. It is administered by ECVAN and is being developed with nine galleries, museums and academic institutions in the region: Art Exchange, University of Essex Colchester; East GalleryNUA, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; originalprojects, Great Yarmouth; UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. ECVAN will also work alongside a host of additional local partners including Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Vivacity Peterborough and CPP Marketplace, Fenlands & Forest Heath. More partners will be announced in the coming months.