Arts - New Geographies, Open Call for Artists

New Geographies aims to create a new map of the east of England with an open call for artists to submit ideas which encourage us to think about unexplored or over-looked places. With over 20 locations in the CO postcode area nominated, our lil ol' town provides plenty of inspiration.

New Geographies is an Arts Council England funded project to create a new map of the East of England based on the stories of unexplored or over-looked places. The map forms the basis of 10 major site-responsive art commissions across the East of England, to be delivered over the next two years. 

The project aims to make art part of the everyday for more people, provide opportunities for artists to create new work and to highlight the east of England as a cultural destination.

The first phase of the project invited members of the public to nominate locations for the map, over a three-month nomination process in the summer of 2017. The nominations in the CO postcode area are these:


Now the project is seeking expressions of interest from artists who have experience of working with community engagement or in the public realm in response to places or sites. Ten artists will be appointed to the project.

Each commission will be managed by one of the New Geographies partners. In Colchester this will be the Art Exchange at the University of Essex and Firstsite, both members of the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network. This project will also strengthen ECVAN’s international relationship with artists, curators and directors from the Netherlands who will be helping to select the chosen artists. 

Each commission will be different but will in some way respond to the map, places and stories; either individual locations, themes or other unexpected connections. The final commissions can take any form but should be innovative or unique ideas which encourage us to think about the idea of place in new ways.

In the first instance artists should study the submission criteria and send expressions of interest to by midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018. We can't wait to see which of our local locations inspire what!