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The Beautifullest Place on Earth
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    Reed KP, jackson M
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    Red House, Bexleyheath
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In a unique collaboration between the Slade School of Fine Art and National Trust at Red House, there was a commitment to challenge a tendency in heritage to make representations or reconstructions that appease our sense of the past, but instead to offer access to Red House to catalyse possibilities in the present in an active approach to historicity. The Beautifullest Place On Earth provided an opportunity for artists and writers to engage with Morris’ home and studio, it’s staff and it’s public, in a way that is generative, interrogative and open-ended. Through a series of short residencies and through unprecedented open access, this historically significant site was made available for artists to research, speculate and produce new works. The project also provided access for workers and volunteers in the house, and the visiting public to engage with some of the living practices of contemporary art, its processes, production, even it’s ‘disruptive energies’ as it tackles many of the ongoing concerns that Morris himself engaged with, in the contemporary moment. The Beautifullest Place On Earth was made possible with a grant from Share Academy. Share Academy is an Arts Council England funded programme that is helping develop and foster relationships between London's specialist museums and academics at UCL and the University of the Arts London. Artists and writers included: Matthew Beaumont, Jana Bercelova, Amy Brennan, Connie Butler, Sholto Dobie, Micheal Duffy, Ayce Su Duran, Sophie Eagle, Jacob Farrell, Sophie Frost, Lauren Godfrey, Melanie Jackson, Esther Leslie, Leah Lovett, Isabel Mallet, Matthew Peers, Neena Percy, Madeleine Pledge, Kieren Reed, Natasha Rees, Lesley Sharpe, Lauren Williamson
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