Shaun C. Badham

Shaun C. Badham

Often responding to the socio-political, historical and human attributes of a given site, Shaun instigates long-term collaborative projects that are realised across different mediums, from local community actions to large-scale sculptural installations. Notable projects include, I’M STAYING (2014 to present), MORNING (2014 to 2018) and PLOT (2018 to present).  In 2014 Shaun moved back to Basildon, Essex where he began to re-explore his birth town particularly to understand the local history from the Plotlands to the New Town experiment. The Plotlanders were a radical DIY community who acquired plots of land through auction after the agricultural depression in the late 19th century. In 1949 Basildon was designated as a New Town; an act that led to the compulsory purchase and demolition of the Dunton Plotlands. Shaun initially began exploring old Plotland sites in Laindon, which led to discovering old wells, foundations and bricks embedded in the ground. This image of bricks in the ground became the starting point for a series of new paintings and briquette making workshops from recycled paper, which facilitated discussion around not just the rise and fall of the Plotlands in Essex, but also concerns around communities today being socially and geographically displaced. The briquettes intended to embody the Plotland DIY, self-build ethos, while simultaneously operating a function. In 2019 Shaun participated in a collaboration with South Kiosk, London and The Old Waterworks, Southend which led to the artist creating a near to scale replica of the outline frame of The Haven, a plotland museum in Laindon. The sculpture aimed to unpack the role the Basildon Development Corporation had on speeding up the historization of the Plotlands. This has since led the artist to explore whether a process of ‘managed decline’ could have led to Basildon being the only new town ever to request to be designated. Shaun’s projects are site responsive and collaborative allowing opportunity to build relationships with different individuals, groups and organisations. Shaun is also the founder of Bas-Arts-Index which is an online directory and project for creatives individuals, groups, organisations; born, living, working in or making work about the Basildon borough.

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