New Geographies artist Stuart Whipps is producing a new film exploring the architectural and social histories of Post-War British new towns.

Necessary Amendments: Homes for the people is a new film that looks at the homes and residents of three post-war British towns; Basildon, Harlow and Hatfield. The film is an attempt to speak to and represent people who live somewhere ‘new’ which of course in most cases is now far from new. How do people feel about where they live? What has the people who went before them had to say about it? The decision to work directly with residents arose out of lack of material and information found in the extensive records of British new town developments.

Over the last year, Whipps has been visiting archives, talking to residents, photographing and filming in three locations – Harlow, Basildon and Hatfield. The film was screened in each of the towns following on from the summer exhibition at UH Arts Art + Design Gallery.

Club 69, The Ryde, Hatfield, Saturday 21 September,

Craft Shed, Basildon Saturday 12 October

The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, Saturday 26 October

New Geographies

New Geographies is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence, which supports ambition and excellence across the arts sector in England, particularly outside London. Between 2015 and 2017, Ambition for Excellence offered grants to projects which would contribute to the development of great places, foster international collaborations, support talented artists and arts leaders across England and produce work for outdoor settings.

New Geographies has been devised and delivered by a consortium of nine partners across the East who are all members of the East Contemporary Visual Art Network: Art Exchange, University of Essex Colchester; East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts; Firstsite, Colchester; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; Original Projects, Great Yarmouth; UHArts, University of Hertfordshire; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.

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