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Focal Point Gallery supports the production and presentation of new and recent contemporary art that challenges us to think and feel differently about locality, our sense of self and the importance of communities. Our wide-ranging and pioneering artistic programme is relevant to local and national audiences alike, through exploring current concerns that also resonate internationally. Based in Southend-on-Sea on the Thames Estuary, FPG’s activities take place in locations across the region with our reach extended by working collaboratively with like-minded partners. FPG commissions and presents major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, events and off-site projects, which develop new audiences and engage local communities. With a full team and advisory group to contact who are happy to help you get to know the gallery better.
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 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.
Focal Point Gallery is free. Some events require booking through Eventbrite.
- Disabled access
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- Free Entry
- School Trips
- Coach parties accepted
Map & 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.