Radical ESSEX – a two-day Architecture Weekend festival celebrating the county’s pioneering role in twentieth century architecture.
Highlights include: • Access to twenty individual modernist buildings • Free shuttle buses linking five key architectural locations: Bata East Tilbury, Dunton Plotlands, Silver End, University of Essex Colchester Campus and Frinton- on-Sea •Walking tours of key modernist locations • A talks programme at Silver End Village Hall including speakers Tim Burrows, Matthew Butcher, Catherine Croft, Gillian Darley, Elizabeth Darling, Owen Hatherley, Charles Holland, Sam Jacob, Rachel Lichtenstein, Verity-Jane Keefe, Jonathan Meades, Alan Powers, Ellen Thorogood and Ken Worpole •Film screenings •Five historical exhibitions • A series of free drop-in family workshops • New commissions from Details, HAT Projects and Alan Kane, featuring Bob Stanley DJ set and Depeche Mode tribute band Speak and SpellFor the duration of the weekend, shuttle buses will run between the county’s three key modernist estates— Silver End, Bata East Tilbury and Frinton-on-Sea— allowing visitors to investigate the area through walking tours led by local heritage organisations and leading architects, as well as self directed explorations and bookable tours of modernist residencies. The buses will also stop at the Plotlands Museum in Langdon, and University of Essex’s Colchester Campus, where curator Jess Twyman will lead tours of the campus including the famous north towers and paternoster lifts.Across the county there are further sites for exploration, seeing homeowners in Benfleet, Westcliff, Maylandsea and Romford open their doors, and a unique opportunity to visit a property on Cressing Road, part of the Clockhouse Way Estate, the site of the first modernist building in the country. Additionally, there is a special chance to visit the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in Burnham-on-Crouch where members will lead a tour of the building which was Britain’s entry in MoMA’s ‘Modern Architecture: International Exhibition’ in 1932.
Silver End Village Hall will be the base of the weekend, hosting an exhibition from the Heritage Society, an artist-led family workshop event entitled, ‘Building the Future’ and a new commission from Essex-based architectural practice HAT Projects. A talks programme will examine the Essex landscape in relation to the capital, and why it became a site for such pioneering architectural activity chaired by Tim Burrows with Matthew Butcher, Rachel Lichtenstein, Charles Holland and Ken Worpole; the role Essex played in the development of International Modernism with Elizabeth Darling, Alan Powers and Ellen Thorogood, chaired by Catherine Croft as well as Gillian Darley, Owen Hatherley, Sam Jacob and Verity-Jane Keefe exploring various visions of utopia Essex has been seen during the 20th century. In addition we are thrilled to be welcoming Jonathan Meades to participate in a Q&A following a screening of ‘The Joy of Essex,’ a key inspiration for the Radical Essex project. Rounding off the first day, the evening will see the launch of Alan Kane’s The Radical National Trust of South Essex in disco form, with Speak and Spell, the UK’s number one Depeche Mode tribute band and DJing from Bob Stanley.