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.
Gordon Gambier

Gordon Gambier: Retrospective

  • 15 July — 9 September 2017 *on now

As schoolboy he had a successful career in amateur boxing, becoming National Junior A.B.A Champion in 1984.
After studying photography at school and gaining a grade A ‘o’ level, he went to Thurrock College to do a BTEC National Diploma in General Art & Design and also ‘A’ level photography.
Since graduating from Hull, with a Batchelor of Arts (with honours) in Fine Art, in 1991 he has been painting ever since and this will be his first solo exhibition.

Admission

Free Admission | Tues - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00

Jiaodong

Jiaodong Folk Window Paper cutting Art Exhibition

  • 19 — 31 August 2017 *on now

Traditional Jiaodong window papercutting is widely distributed and its artistic form is usually expressed as the cultural symbol of China’s native philosophical concept of “images abstracting from observing”. Various types of cultural symbols reflected in papercutting works are the code to unlocking regional folk art symbols. In this exhibition, we have works such as “Butterflies”, “Tigers”, “Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix”, and “Goldfish in a Big Ceramic Bowl”. The cultural symbols reflected in them demonstrate the importance of Chinese folk art to native culture and cultural heritage.

The exhibition focuses on the analysis and discussion of the cultural symbols of “images abstracting from observing”, and implies that folk art is not only about appreciation of beauty, but about public cultural symbols for communication with unintentional symbolic meaning.

Jiaodong window papercutting is unique in its artistic feature of story telling. It tells a complete story, like comic books, through several to dozens of works. The theme ranges from objects, to historical stories, myths and legends, sometimes idioms. The window papercutting production has close connections with cultural expression and aesthetic standards. Stories are vividly depicted in works like “The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid”, “Skeleton Demon”, “Madam White Snake”, “a Mouse Marriage”, “Lyu Dongbin playing the Peony”, which reflects people’s passion and praise towards life in the content and form of papercutting. It is this spontanous expression of cultural emotion that determines the diversity and richness of the papercutting art.

Ocean culture is widely depicted in papercutting, followed by farming culture. We can also detect the influence of scholar gentry in papercutting. The papercutting works used to be influenced by the window structure at that time. In traditional Chinese villages, windows mostly were of horizontal and vertical wood strip structure and some were lattice windows. Such papercutting patterns are commonly seen in people’s daily life as“Three bumper harvests picture”,“Treasure Bowl”,“Four blessings”. Papercutting art is the combination of inherent meaning and ausserliche form of cultural awareness. This exhibition highlights the essence of traditional Chinese folk culture through papercutting works of different themes and regions by way of metonymy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission | Tues - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Jiaodong-Folk-Window-Paper-cutting-Art-Exhibition

Southend Photographic Society

Southend Photographic Society

  • 19 August — 16 September 2017 *on now

Tues - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00

Free Admission

Featuring work by members of this highly active and long running group.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

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.
Prehistoric Britain

Prehistoric Britain

  • 30 August 2017 11am-12pm

Is your child starting prehistory in school in September? Explore the fascinating world of prehistoric Britain! Learn about life in the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods. Look at and handle early technology, including original and replica hand tools, weapons, and a quern stone.

Includes local prehistory from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age.
Book your place on one of our sessions and get your child ahead of the class!

Suitable for children age 7 - 11 years

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

Tickets: £5 each

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prehistoric-britain-tickets-34905866386

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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