Beecroft Art Gallery

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The Beecroft Art Gallery is situated in the old Southend Library building, beside our Central Museum, and has a varied collection ranging from 17th century Dutch paintings to contemporary works, a fine collection of local views, and Southend Museums' historic costume collection.
The annual exhibition programme includes displays of the permanent art and costume collections, the Essex Open Exhibition.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Architecture centre

See also

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Admission charges

Free admission

Getting there

By Car
The Gallery is on Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, next to the Central Museum. Driving on the A127 towards Southend (on Princes Avenue), turn right onto Victoria Avenue at the Cuckoo Corner roundabout. Go straight over two junctions: You will pass Priory Park and Prittlewell Church on your left. After passing the Civic Centre and Courthouse buildings on your left, take the next left onto Gt. Eastern Avenue. Take the first right and bend right, up the ramp, into the public car park. The car park is Pay & Display. The Beecroft Art Gallery is to your left as you walk from the car park.
Please note, access by foot from the Pay & Display car park is by steps only. Disabled parking is available on the other side of the Gallery building: When you turn right into the car park, instead of bending right up the ramp into the P&D park, continue straight, behind the gallery and into the Museum parking area at the very end of the road.

By Rail
The nearest station is Southend Victoria, on the Liverpool Street line from London. As you exit the station, turn right onto Victoria Avenue. Walk past the Central Museum. You will see the Beecroft Art Gallery immediately after on your right.
If you are arriving at Southend Central, on the London Fenchurch Street line, the gallery is roughly a 5-10 minute walk away. Exit the station and once on the High Street, turn left. Continue straight to the end, taking the path between the Odeon and New Look towards Southend Victoria Station. Cross the road, carrying straight past the station and Central Museum. The Beecroft Art Gallery will be immediately after on your right.

By Bus
Multiple bus routes run regularly, with a major bus stop adjacent to Southend Victoria Station.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • John Constable
  • Henry Bright
  • Alfred Herbert
  • The Thames
  • Local landscape
  • costume
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sam Reilly Poster

Sam Reilly: No tool like an old tool!

  • 10 February — 17 March 2018 *on now

Samantha Reilly is a print and collage artist whose work reflects her interest in both art and media. She deconstructs both modern and vintage media images and then reconstructs them in a less than perfect way.

Her collages reflect challenges the stereotypical views of age, race and gender portrayed in the source material.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/events/

John Doubleday Exhibition Poster

John Doubleday - Landscapes and Echoes

  • 10 February — 7 April 2018 *on now

John Doubleday has a considerable career behind him of public works commissioned by governments and institutions. Many will be familiar with Charlie Chaplin in Leicester Square, Brunel at Paddington Station and Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street. His works can be seen in many countries round the world. Now, at a later stage in his career, he is concentrating on the more personal vision of work produced for exhibitions such as this forthcoming show at the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend.

There is always more to Doubleday's work than might at first be apparent. This exhibition is about landscapes and the other realities that can be perceived in them. He has a strong affinity with the landscape of Essex, the county in which he was born, grew up and in which he has lived for most of his life.

The paintings and relief bronzes in this exhibition explore the sensation of being somewhere rather than representing a particular place. The work has echoes of idiosyncratic dreams, visions and stories that we create for ourselves. We carry ghosts with us which inform our perception. It is the echoes of these ghosts which colour the work in the exhibition.

For those not familiar with the work of John Doubleday, this exhibition is likely to provide unexpected glimpses into the familiar.

Sally Patrick
Hayletts Gallery 2018

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/events

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Roll of Honour Centenary Poster

Roll of Honour Centenary

  • 24 March 2018 11am-12:30pm

Looking at how we can interpret the chronology, events and circumstances throughout Europe and the wider world by studying the fallen, the lecture will analyse several key themes. Firstly, the nature of the war on the western front, including the first – professional - casualties, through to the great offensives of 1916-1918 (with volunteer and conscript troops). There will be a focus on colonial campaigns in Cameroon and East Africa, and the backdrop of Britain and Germany’s colonial ambitions. Additionally there will analysis of the Mesopotamian campaign, as well as the Sinai & Palestine Campaign (the latter in relation to the Sykes-Picot Agreement). There will also be tips and hints for people wishing to conduct their own research on casualties.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roll-of-honour-centenary-tickets-38862622149

Southend 1914-1918 Poster

Southend: 1914-1918

  • 26 May 2018 11am-12:30pm

The lecture will analyse the cause, nature and consequences of these themes in detail. The role of women will be considered in relation to the perspectives and attitudes of the time, asking whether women were applauded or ridiculed for their efforts, as well as their consequences within women’s suffrage. Air raids will be analysed in reference to specific raids, the consequences on the ground, the development of civil defence, as well as the story of the German airmen after the war. Finally there will be a look at civilian detainees in Southend and prisoners of war who were held here in prison ships, the conditions they stayed in, and how foreign nationals were perceived and treated locally.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southend-1914-1918-tickets-39085954141

Getting there

By Car
The Gallery is on Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, next to the Central Museum. Driving on the A127 towards Southend (on Princes Avenue), turn right onto Victoria Avenue at the Cuckoo Corner roundabout. Go straight over two junctions: You will pass Priory Park and Prittlewell Church on your left. After passing the Civic Centre and Courthouse buildings on your left, take the next left onto Gt. Eastern Avenue. Take the first right and bend right, up the ramp, into the public car park. The car park is Pay & Display. The Beecroft Art Gallery is to your left as you walk from the car park.
Please note, access by foot from the Pay & Display car park is by steps only. Disabled parking is available on the other side of the Gallery building: When you turn right into the car park, instead of bending right up the ramp into the P&D park, continue straight, behind the gallery and into the Museum parking area at the very end of the road.

By Rail
The nearest station is Southend Victoria, on the Liverpool Street line from London. As you exit the station, turn right onto Victoria Avenue. Walk past the Central Museum. You will see the Beecroft Art Gallery immediately after on your right.
If you are arriving at Southend Central, on the London Fenchurch Street line, the gallery is roughly a 5-10 minute walk away. Exit the station and once on the High Street, turn left. Continue straight to the end, taking the path between the Odeon and New Look towards Southend Victoria Station. Cross the road, carrying straight past the station and Central Museum. The Beecroft Art Gallery will be immediately after on your right.

By Bus
Multiple bus routes run regularly, with a major bus stop adjacent to Southend Victoria Station.

Beecroft Art Gallery
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 6EX
England

Website

www.southendmuseums.co.uk

www.southendmuseums.co.uk

E-mail

museums@southend.gov.uk

Telephone

Beecroft Front Desk

01702 212511

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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