Painting of a group of modernist buildings
  • Painting of a group of modernist buildings
  • Painting showing a cropped image with  part of a bicycle and 2 figures with their hands touching the bicycle.
  • A view of the gallery space with art displayed on the walls and display cabinets and sculptures displayed on the floor.
  • A rectangular sign with the words 'this plot is not for sale' stencilled in bright colours on a blue background with colourful leaf designs.
  • A view of the gallery with seating in front of a wall on which is projected a film of the high street.

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About

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  produces several 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.

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.

Focal Point Gallery also curates and commissions an on-going programme of artist moving image, screened daily on Big Screen Southend; a permanent outdoor video facility located adjacent to our main gallery space in Elmer Square.

As a key focus of our output, Focal Point Gallery’s learning programme aims to engage people of all ages in current debates around contemporary art, and looks to extend and develop new audiences. We consider the philosophies and working methods of the artists in our exhibitions programme as the starting point for inspiration, aspiration and discussion in the community. On this basis, the gallery seeks to proactively engage with a wide range of local community groups, schools, young people 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.

 

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Guide Prices

Focal Point Gallery is free. Some events require booking through Eventbrite.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Autism Friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Free Entry

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Suitability

  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Special Offers

  • Contemporary Elders:  Penultimate Weekend of each Month Beginning Saturday 23rd April 10.45am to 12.45pm.   

    Free Event for those 60 years and over.   

    Booking  via FPG website/eventbrite

     

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.  

Public Transport Directions

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 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.  

Focal Point Gallery

Type:Art Gallery

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

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Opening Times

* Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – 11.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday – 11.00am to 5.00pm
Friday – 11.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday – 11.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday – 11.00am to 4.00pm

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