What next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

ASELA has committed to a programme of work to support and grow the Creative Industries across South Essex.

As one of our first actions, we have commissioned a Working Group of 12 artists, designers, makers and arts organisations to find out from you, their creative peers these four things:-

  • What the creative sector needs - to create the optimum environment across South Essex to thrive and grow.
  • Where current opportunities exist - centres of expertise, energy, ideas, market opportunities, supply chains, venues and spaces, potential growth.
  • What is needed to fast-track these opportunities - key recommendations for actions, focus and investment.
  • Skills needs and training opportunities - what is needed for the future creative workforce and new models and ideas for how the sector could help deliver.

We’d LOVE you to join in the conversation

Who we want to hear from about Creative Industries in South Essex

If you are an individual artist, freelance creative, micro, small or larger creative business, or if you form part of the supply chain of services to the Creative Industries, your input is vital to ensure we put forward a representative view.

There are a number of opportunities for you to contribute:

A Short Survey:

Take the Survey HERE to give your views on Creative Industries in South Essex

Events:

Come to one of our zoom events, hosted by members of the Working Group. You can hear from creative businesses sharing a Three Min Wonder presentation on their projects and thoughts, followed by an opportunity to have your say. Each event focuses on speakers from different areas of South Essex:

BASILDON, what next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

Hosted by Bas-Arts-Index

Tuesday 2 March: 6pm to 8pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (free but booking essential)

THURROCK, what next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

Hosted by Pixelworks

Wednesday 3 March: 4pm to 6pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (free but booking essential)

SOUTHEND, what next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

Hosted by TOMA and The Old Waterworks

Thursday 4 March: 6pm to 8pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (free but booking essential)

CASTLE POINT, what next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

Hosted by Bas-Arts-Index

Tuesday 23 March: 4pm to 6pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (free but booking essential)

BRENTWOOD, what next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

Hosted by TBC

Wednesday 24 March: 6pm to 8pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (free but booking essential)

ROCHFORD, what next for the Creative Industries in South Essex?

Hosted by TOMA and The Old Waterworks

Thursday 25 March: 4pm to 6pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE (free but booking essential)

The Working Group

Shaun C. Badham is an artist (born in Basildon) currently working in Essex, with an MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Shaun has created long-term projects, including I’M STAYING, MORNING and PLOT and is currently a council member for A-N. He also set up Bas-Arts-Index, which is an online directory for creative individuals/groups born, living, working in or making work about the Basildon borough.

Colette Bailey is Artistic Director and CEO of Metal. She has worked to develop Metal since the company's inception in 2002 and works across all three Metal sites, in Southend, Liverpool and Peterborough. Her experience spans working developmentally with artists, alongside large-scale public events, exhibitions, participatory design and education projects. She lives in Southend.

Hannah Clarke is the administrator at Metal Southend. She has worked at Metal since 2019, supporting artists and projects including: local community events, participatory projects and artists-in-residence programmes. She is currently co-ordinating the Associated Programme for Estuary, the second edition of a major arts festival along the banks of the Thames in South Essex and North Kent. She is a born-and-raised Southend seasider.

Lorraine Cox is an experienced Cultural Strategist specialising in regeneration and committed to community engagement. Lorraine has worked around the UK for and with local authorities; in the housing sector for Peabody Trust; and led policy work at Arts Council England. She has experience of commissioning artists to make work for public places; successfully set-up artist studios; led cultural services at local level in London; curated large scale regional and local events and festivals; and led the refurbishment of historic buildings for cultural use.

Andrea Cunningham is the Assistant Regional Director at Metal in Southend. She joined Metal from a career in museums and galleries spanning more than 20 years with a focus on learning, skills, public programming as well as exhibition development and interpretation. A resident of Leigh-On-Sea, she values the importance of people and place in the creative landscape.

Emma Edmondson is a research-led visual artist exploring hierarchies, precarity and utopian community. She works with print, sound, text and sculpture to do this. In 2016 she set up TOMA (The Other MA) a postgraduate level art programme outside of the traditional institutional model. She lives and works in Southend-on-Sea.

Daniel Joseph Harding (Basildon) is an independent graphic designer and tutor. His practice involves working with cultural, educational and sometimes commercial organisations. For example: Design Council, Diller + Scofidio Renfro, Epson, V&A Museum, Serpentine Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Yale Universities.

Lucy-Emma Harris is the director of Pixelwork, a production company based in Thurrock. She is actively involved in local development projects and well networked. This involvement ranges from local community collaboration projects to strategic development of funding applications for arts, heritage, skills and regeneration.

Warren Harper is a curator and researcher based in Essex, where he is Director at The Old Waterworks (TOW), a charity, art centre and artists’ studios in Southend-on-Sea. Warren is also a board member of The Other MA (TOMA) and a supporter and member of the Working Class Creatives Database, which is a platform to share and highlight the work of working class creatives.

Maz Murray is an artist-filmmaker from and living in Basildon. They also help run social spaces and give support to trans, intersex, non binary and gender nonconforming people at the cultural criticism platform 'the right lube'.

Maxine Newell is an Artist and Illustrator living in Basildon. She is currently studying MA in Illustration, at Falmouth University. Her passion is drawing, she creates sketchy, playful illustrations that talk of her life experiences and her love for the everyday mundane overlooked narratives. She is owner of “Arte Max” studio gallery where she showcases her artwork, and works on a commission basis for clients both regionally and internationally.

Laura Whiting is an architectural designer of commercial, cultural and residential projects across the South East. As a historian/researcher/lecturer she has worked in the UK and internationally concentrating on heritage reuse, interpretation and adaptation. In 2019 she established Directions Bas to instigate conversations on the built environment, civic realm, public art and community participation in Basildon where she lives.