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image for Art Gallery item typeFocal Point Gallery

Art Gallery, free entry

Visitors at ‘Duh: Art and Stupidity’ exhibition

Visitors at ‘Duh: Art and Stupidity’ exhibition

Contact

Focal Point Gallery

01702 534108

Address

The Forum,
Elmer Square,
Southend-on-Sea,
Essex,
SS1 1NB

Details

Focal Point Gallery is south Essex’s gallery for contemporary visual art, promoting and commissioning major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, a programme of events including performances, film screenings and talks, as well as offsite projects and temporary public artworks.

The organisation currently produces up to seven gallery exhibitions each year, in which artists and curators are given a platform to make new work in response to the gallery’s unique location on the ground floor of the town's new library and learning facility, The Forum.

Solo exhibitions confirmed for 2017 include those by Volker Eichelmann and Hilary Lloyd. To coincide with the move to the new gallery, a series of permanent commissions by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Mike Nelson, Allen Ruppersberg and Tris Vonna-Michell were installed in 2013, and were supported by a capital project funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Arts Council England. Focal Point Gallery also lead Radical ESSEX, a county-wide partnership project with Visit Essex, Firstsite, Essex County Council, Colchester Council and Southend Borough Council, focused on celebrating the twentieth century radical histories of the county.

Each programme includes a series of educational activities by a range of artists, curators and writers, and aims to establish ongoing collaborations with international arts institutions, and engage with a wide range of local community groups, schools and children.

Focal Point Gallery receives regular funding from Arts Council England as one of the organisation's national portfolio of funded organisations. The gallery also receives regular support from Southend Borough Council. The programme receives additional funding from other trusts and foundations and collaborates with partners including arts agencies and other organisations to co-produce projects.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Thursday – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Friday – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday – 10.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday – 11.00am to 5.00pm
or by appointment.

Prices

Free entry

Location

Directions

Plan route to Focal Point Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 880861  Lat: 51.54247 Long: 0.70973

Travelling by train:

The gallery is located on the ground floor of The Forum, which is a hundred yards from Southend Central Station. (Trains every fifteen minutes from London Fenchurch Street, Limehouse and West Ham. Journey time around fifty minutes.)

Travelling by car:

The Forum building is located in Elmer Square. Parking is available under the adjacent South Essex College campus and the nearby University Square building. The Forum does have a number of disabled parking spaces for use by visitors.

Travelling by air:

The gallery is located a five minute walk from Southend Victoria Station, with regular trains to London Southend Airport (journey time approximately five minutes). The airport serves a large number of destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Geneva and Venice.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Southend Central station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired