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.
Silent

Silent Stories

  • 21 May — 2 July 2016 *on now

Photographer, Niki Cornish has been working closely with the local community for over 8 years. During this time she has developed relationships with individuals from every walk of life, each with a unique story to tell. This is the essence of what drives Niki’s work; the desire to give a voice to those who have slipped through the unseen cracks of a silent narrative.

Silent Stories is the visual representation of Niki’s exploration of that narrative. It is a journey into the inner self and the truth that lies therein. The aim of this highly emotive collection is to raise a light to the issues that we often keep deeply buried and by doing so to encourage others to consider and share their own hidden truths.

The exhibition was designed to challenge and engage rather than being passively viewed. Should you feel moved and inspired by the honesty of the pieces, then Niki encourages you to participate by writing something in the book provided. Like the human condition, this is very much a shared experience.

Admission

Free Admission

BIBA

BIBA

  • 28 May 2016 — 14 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition explores the iconic brand from its humble beginnings as a postal clothing boutique, to its unprecedented success and expansion into the world of home wares, cosmetics, and even food. Biba and everything associated with it became a lifestyle aspiration for nearly all teenagers and young adults during the 1960s and 70s. Biba was the brainchild of Barbara Hulanicki, a fashion illustrator whose desire to create affordable fashion for all, saw the development of a business that would change the face of high street fashion, lifestyle wares and shopping forever.


Displayed across the Beecroft Art Gallery and Central Museum, this will be a joint exhibition celebrating all things Biba, highlighting the brands reach from fashion to personal health and lifestyle wares. A local and prolific collector of Biba has kindly loaned the objects in this exhibition, emphasising the importance and relevance of this brand today.


With a completely new and unique atmosphere that appealed to all the senses, Biba was an experience that many will fondly remember. For those who are new to Biba, it will be an exciting and captivating journey through the history and character of the brand.
Enchanting and charismatic, Biba continues to make the mundane magical.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/BIBA-Exhibition

Tribute

Tribute to BIBA

  • 4 June — 2 July 2016 *on now

Tribute to BIBA:
This exhibition of fashion illustration by Essex / Rome based artist Emanuela Di Filippo is based on Barbara Hulanicki’s distinct BIBA designs.

Artist Statement:
I use different types of media such as drawing, painting and various materials to investigate and explore new systems of the language of art.
“Untitled” is my last series of a hundred oil pastels on paper. In this exhibition there are on show twenty pastels on paper of different sizes. A brief colourful summary of my artistic research but above all a tribute to Biba. “Tight cut skinny sleeves, earthy colours”, “Called “Auntie Colours” - Blackish mulberries, bluberries, rusts and plums. Hulanicki described them as “looking like a funeral”.
I was inspired by the shapes of Italian fashion clothing and work uniforms and the brightness of the colours of British clothing. The simplicity of the shapes playing with primary colours, secondary and complementary. The human body, male or female, that communicates emotions through different clothing. I would like to link art to fashion.
Since I started my artistic research more than ten years ago I have never painted directly from nature or from photographs but I have always tried to interpret the real visions according to colours, lines and forms.
- Emanuela Di Filippo

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

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.
Tolurnar

Tölurnar

  • 6 May — 2 July 2016 *on now

‘Tölurnar’ a film by Sam Heriz will be screened in the Beecroft Art Gallery from Friday 6th May – Saturday 2nd July.

Tölurnar positions random decimal numbers against an atmospheric Icelandic backdrop. The viewer is positioned as problem solver, questioning the relationship or non-relationship between the numbers and the image.

The screening is part of the 2016 Southend Film Festival Fringe, please visit www.southendfilmfestival.com for further details of the Southend Film Festival.

Admission

Free

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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