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Local artist works with Essex migrant communities

Date published: 14/09/2017

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Funding from Essex County Council and Arts Council England has enabled visual artist, Lata Upadhyaya, to launch an art project which will represent migrant communities who have settled in Essex.
The project will be holding workshops at Firstsite in Colchester on Saturday 16th September and Saturday 11th November, as well as the Jaywick Martello Tower, Clacton on the 23 September.
Lata Upadhyaya is a visual artist based at High House Artist Studios in Thurrock and her art speciality is contemporary sculpture. Lata recently received funding from the Essex County Council’s ‘Culture in Essex scheme’ to work with migrant communities who have settled in Essex.
As part of the project, Lata will host workshops in digital creation, and work with local migrant communities in Essex to create a new identity for the White Van, which is a renowned Essex Symbol. Lata’s artwork is inspired by her South Asian culture where truck painting is a popular form of indigenous art, often referred to as jingle trucks.
Cllr Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customer said, “The Arts Council has very generously dedicated funding to support this project which will provide an important identity for migrant communities who have settled in Essex. Communities who have settled in Essex have brought with them ideas from their culture which has an important role in the future growth of our economy.
“Working with partners at the Arts Council, we are ensuring that migrant communities have the opportunity to express their cultural identity through our arts and culture in Essex. I am thrilled with the pride which local communities take in their individual identities in Essex. Our arts and cultural projects help to foster good relationships in our county as well as bring our communities closer together.”
For more information about the programme, visit: website link? or contact Andrew Ward, Essex County Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Andrew.Ward@essex.gov.uk