Michael Landy: The Essex Way

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Michael Landy: The Essex Way


Thursday 16 September 2021 - Sunday 24 December 2023

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 on part of 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. Find out more about the walks here.

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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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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