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Nowhere's gone to Holland

PUBLISHED: 08:51 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:11 03 July 2010

It was the middle of Nowhere in Norfolk. Only now, it is in Holland.

Film-maker Joel Somerfield had transported the one-metre-square grassy plot from Nowhere, near Yarmouth, to somewhere for his final exhibition for his masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London.

It was the middle of Nowhere in Norfolk. Only now, it is in Holland.

Film-maker Joel Somerfield had transported the one-metre-square grassy plot from Nowhere, near Yarmouth, to somewhere for his final exhibition for his masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London. But Dutch officials were so impressed with the work that they asked him to exhibit in Talent 08, which meant taking Nowhere somewhere else.

Joel, who lived at Hevingham until he went off to further his studies, said: “It was great to hear that the Dutch Design Week wanted me to be part of the Talent 08 show in Eindhoven, which draws its participants from the best of the best art academies in Europe. But once they'd asked me I decided the best way to get Nowhere there would be to drive it myself. So me and a couple of friends, Riitta Ikonen, an artist also in the show and fellow film-maker Anthony Woodgate, decided to make the journey there.”

Joel had discovered the middle of Nowhere while looking up a film studio on the internet, and he decided to use it as the subject for his final project. A year of research followed, including trips to the Norfolk Record Office and then filming, before exhibiting in London. He also extracted the precise square metre at the very centre of the middle of Nowhere and used it in his show alongside his documentary. Joel borrowed his father's Land Rover to take Nowhere abroad, via ferry to France, Belgium and into Holland.


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