New Geographies’ aim is to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. During Summer of 2017, we invited the public to nominate overlooked or forgotten places throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to add to this map. We received over 270 nominations.

We launched an Open Call asking artists, across the UK and internationally, to submit proposals to respond to some of these locations and create excellent artworks that are inspired by them. This submission process has now closed and we will be shortlisting projects over the coming months.

Ultimately, ten new commissions will be delivered over the next two years.

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The East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) has launched New Geographies, a three-year partnership between nine arts organisations in the East of England, many local Outreach partners and three Dutch partners; Casco: Office for Art, Design & Theory, De Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and the curatorial group ‘If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution’.

Throughout Summer of 2017, we asked people to nominate overlooked or unexpected places in the region that they find meaningful and interesting to them. By asking ‘what is a forgotten place that you think is important to highlight?’ we want more people to share their stories, building upon an active discussion with the potential to connect us to each other and to re-imagine our idea of ‘place’.

With over 270 public nominations of overlooked places, we have created a new map of the East of England made by those who live here.

In response to these nominations, ECVAN will commission artists – from the UK and internationally – to highlight some of those places with new site-specific work. This combination of local knowledge and world-class art seeks to create a new vision of the East of England as a place to encounter excellent art in unexpected places. Each of our Dutch partners will provide advice and support throughout the selection process, ensuring we take a fresh and innovative approach to the array of commissions that can be created.

Each artwork will be different but all the projects will be united by one thing: their inspiration taken from the people and places where they’re located. New Geographies will create a new democratised map for our region whilst experiencing high-quality international art in unexpected locations. For everyone.

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Design & Art Direction: Sarah Boris & Frederic Tacer; Development: Twelve