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New Geographies Commission


New Geographies and the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) selected artists to create ten major site-responsive visual arts commissions across the East of England. The artists selected are: Maria Anastassiou, David Blandy, Cooking Sections, Ian Giles, Krijn de Koning, Taylor Le Melle & Zadie Xa, Susan Pui San Lok, Studio Morison, Stuart Whipps and Laura Wilson.

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David Blandy will be working with Focal Point Gallery on a project inspired by the nature reserve of Canvey Wick on the south west corner of Canvey Island, Essex. The new work will be shown at the gallery in 2019.

Blandy is interested in the post-human environment of Canvey Wick, formerly the site of an oil refinery, which has since been reclaimed by nature and is now described as a "brownfield rainforest". It has a nationally important population of invertebrates, including many endangered species.

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