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terra incognita arts organisation

Co-founded in 1997 by Alana Jelinek and Juliette Brown, terra incognita works with artists, academics, writers, architects, community activists, and many others from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. This process inspires future projects and directions.

The majority of projects are locally-based and relevant specifically to London or the area of 'The Field' project. Because issues that are relevant here are also often relevant elsewere, there is a broader art and non-art following for our work. Our projects are often critically and socially engaged and interventionist in approach. We aim to be at the leading edge of art practices and critical engagement with a strong foundation in ethical engagment.

Large projects which employ freelancers or commission new work are funded by Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund, or local authorities as well as smaller public funding bodies and grant-giving trusts. Recently, terra incognita have been determined to self-fund where possible. This is against a worrying trend we have identified where art is not made in its own terms. Fewer professional artists are willing to make artwork without public money or without an obvious market. We suspect this is ultimately bad for art, reducing art-making to the whims of the market or the whims of state bureaucracies so we are attempting something else whenever this proves possible.

For further information about any project, please contact terra incognita
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