Michael Landy: The Essex Way

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Michael Landy: The Essex Way

Thursday 16 September - Sunday 5 December 2021 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Essex Way (2021) Michael Landy. Installation view, Michael Landy’s 'Welcome to Essex', Firstsite, 2021. Photograph by Anna Lukala

See a large-scale collage along our building’s magnificent 140m curved wall, created by artist Michael Landy.

‘The Essex Way’ is inspired by walks Michael has taken throughout the Essex, with Southend-based artist and activist Elsa James, writer and broadcaster Gillian Darley, and Professor Pam Cox, Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Essex.

The collage is an ongoing artwork which began as part of our exhibition, ‘Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex’, earlier this year – which invited visitors to explore, celebrate and question the recent history of Essex and its contemporary portrayal in popular culture. Find out more

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex documentary

Watch our specially commissioned documentary with artist Michael Landy, as he travels from Colchester to Southend, Tilbury to Romford Market, to talk ‘Essexism’  with the likes of comedian Russell Kane, artists Elsa James and Maria Anastassiou, Professor Pam Cox (Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Essex), journalist & historian Simon Heffer and The Only Way is Essex legend, Amy Childs.

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