Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester

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Mark Titchner: Some questions about Colchester


Friday 13 March 2020 - Wednesday 24 March 2021

Colchester Town Centre

Is this the place of your dreams?, Mark Titchner, 2019. Firstsite, Colchester.

Artist Mark Titchner has produced a new series of public artworks across Colchester, entitled ‘Some questions about Colchester’, which are placed in the windows of vacant shop units around the town centre. This follows on from Mark‘s exhibition at Firstsite, ‘Some questions about us’.

To produce these works, the 2006 Turner Prize nominee asked Colchester residents to consider the issues that they find most significant in the town today and to share them with him in the form of a question. These issues could be personal, local or international, but all reflected aspects of life in the town.

The questions formed the basis of the new artworks, offering us an insight into the wide range of concerns and aspirations of the diverse people of Colchester. By presenting these concerns as questions we are being encouraged to identify specific issues and to collectively think of creative solutions.

The artwork Mark has produced are installed across Colchester. An art trail is available mapping all the artworks created.

Download the trail map


Mark Titchner says:

“Building on the experience of exhibiting at Firstsite in 2019, I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to develop a new public artwork for Colchester. 

‘Some questions about Colchester’ was developed over the Autumn and Winter of 2019 through a series of workshops and forums, through these dialogues I spoke to a wide range of people of different ages, backgrounds and interests all presenting a frank and personal view of the town, some positive, some critical but all willing to share their unique perspectives.

From these conversations I have developed a series of linked artworks, displayed in vacant shop units that confront the viewer with a direct question that relates to life in Colchester today.”

The Some questions about Colchester project is funded by the Business Improvement District (BID), Our Colchester. as part of their Vacant Unit Vision.

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