Offsite Projects Archive

  • Railway Bridge Commission:
    Scott King
    'Excerpts from A Better Britain'
  • 30 September to 30 October 2013
  • High Street, Southend-on-Sea

Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present an offsite project by the British artist Scott King, as part of a series of artworks commissioned for the launch of the gallery’s new space.

‘Excerpts from A Better Britain’ 2013, comprises two 15m-long banners installed on either side of Southend’s railway bridge, placing two fictional dictionary definitions in the centre of the town’s pedestrianised High Street.

Composed in a monochrome, clean typographical style, in sharp contrast to the commercial signage that dominates the High Street, the terminologies under analysis are ‘Mumfordised’ and ‘Gorm-less/Ka-poor’. These continue the artist’s critique of the ways that culture is used within regeneration projects in areas of economic deprivation.

The context of the gallery’s recent move into The Forum, which also houses the town’s Central Library, South Essex College and Essex University, continues this discussion about the ‘rebranding’ of a region, while the play on language reflects the work’s relationship to the town’s new learning quarter.

The consideration of the success (or otherwise) of large-scale public art projects also furthers King’s previous project with Focal Point Gallery; a proposal for a 300ft gold statue in Southend of a local hero, Dr Feelgood's singer Lee Brilleaux.

This commission is an extension of King’s on going collaborative project with historian Matt Worley’s, ’21 Insults for The 21st Century’, which featured in CRASH! magazine.

This is the third artist commission to be installed on the Railway Bridge. It will be in place until 30 October 2013.

Born in Goole, UK in 1969, Scott King lives and works in London and has exhibited in institutions including Spike Island, Bristol (2012), The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2012) Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2011), ICA, London (1997 and 2010), Kunstverein Munich (2008), White Columns, New York (2005).

Scott King is represented by Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York.