Mark Essen: Build A Wall

8 Dec 2018 – 23 Feb 2019

Eastside Projects

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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  • 10 min walk from Birmingham Moor St/Birmingham New St Stations

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Mark Essen is responding with different communities and people he encounters at his studio, Modern Clay, to create a barrier that talks about lives, invisible walls constructed by governments, maintained by factions of society and the media, prohibiting them from being part of wider society.


Mark is learning how to make bricks which he hopes will go on to become small scale brick factory which could be run as a social enterprise building company. These bricks will then be used to build a wall in Eastside Projects. Research for the project was supported by New Art Gallery Walsall’s ‘The Building as Material’ artist’s residency earlier in 2018. On 22 September ESP members took part in a Brick Making Workshop with Mark in Modern Clay.

The exhibitions at Eastside Projects were preceded by group exhibitions at Jerwood Space (Nov-Dec 2017) and WORKPLACE (April-June 2018). 3-Phase offers a supported opportunity and critical platform for the artists to engage with three national organisations over an extended period during which time they have experimented and realised ambitious artistic visions.

The selected artists, each at pivotal moments in their career, have demonstrated a commitment to challenging and pushing the boundaries of traditional modes of exhibition making.

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Mark Essen


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