We are pleased to be leading on New Geographies, a three-year partnership between nine arts organisations in the East of England working within the ECVAN network, culminating in ten new artistic commissions.
The East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) launched an open call in Summer 2017, asking people living in the East of England to nominate overlooked or unexpected places in the region that they find meaningful and interesting. By asking ‘what is a forgotten place that you think is important to highlight?’ we wanted more people to share their stories, building upon an active discussion with the potential to connect us to each other and to reimagine our idea of ‘place’.
Through the dedicated website www.newgeographies.uk, the public nominated over 265 overlooked or forgotten places which will help create a new map of the East of England made by those who live here.
In response to these nominations, ECVAN will commission artists – from the UK and internationally – to highlight some of those places with new site-specific work. This combination of local knowledge and world-class art seeks to create a new vision of the East of England as a place to encounter excellent art in unexpected place.
Unveiled over the next two years, each artwork will be different but all the projects will be united by one thing: their inspiration taken from the people and places where they’re located.
New Geographies will create a new democratised map for our region whilst experiencing high-quality international art in unexpected locations. For everyone.