Birmingham-based artist Mark Essen is one of three artists selected for 3-Phase, a development programme and exhibition series delivered in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Foundation in London, Workplace Gallery in Gateshead and Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

Mark Essen, face, face, face, face, face, face, face, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist

Mark will develop new work which will tour to each of these organisations this year and during 2018 alongside works by Nicola Singh and Larry Achiampong, the other individuals selected.

The aim of the project is to foster support for and dialogue between artists across the UK. First launched in 2015, this iteration hopes to increase this cross-partnership communication.

Mark will present a new body of work exploring values of our archaic economy and offering suggestions of an alternative structure – specifically degrowth – a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics. By incorporating hydroponics into the work, the artist communicates how urban agriculture may be used as a form of resilience, redressing the balance with nature.