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

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: Sunday and Monday
Bank Holidays

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.
Black Tie

Black Tie

  • 9 October 2015 — 30 April 2016 *on now

A celebration of stunning Black Tie suits, evening wear and accessories through the ages, including a silky celebrity number.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Black-Tie

Basildon Arts Trust

Basildon Arts Trust Collection & The Foundation for Essex Artists Exhibition

  • 16 January — 12 March 2016 *on now

The show coincides with the launch of the TFEA/BAT Endowment Fund in collaboration with The University of the Arts in London to help the young people of Basildon Borough and Essex study at their world famous colleges.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Basildon-Arts-Trust-Collection-The-Foundation-for-Essex-Artists-Exhibition

Film Cafe

The Film Café presents a season of films curated by Michael Szpakowski

  • 30 January — 12 March 2016 *on now

The film Café gets its official launch with a season of films curated by artist, composer and writer Michael Szpakowski , co-editor of the online video resource dvblog.org and a senior lecturer at Writtle School of Design.

Contributors include: Kerry Baldry’s magnificent compilations of videos of one minute or under and a short retrospective of work by Doron Golan, one of the very first adopters of the web as a place to present art video.

Each programme will be shown continuously looped.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/The-Film-Caf-presents-a-season-of-films-curated-by-Michael-Szpakowski

Women's Work

"Women's Work"

  • 6 February — 8 March 2016 *on now

In collaboration with the Essex Feminist Collective and to raise awareness and funds for two Southend women’s charities, this all female exhibition explores the ever contentious subject of Women's Work.

From arguments about equal pay to unpaid emotional labour and cuts to women's services to the continued undervaluing of traditional female roles, these artists consider what it is to work as a woman, particularly in the male dominated art world where the legitimacy of their work is often contested as an art form.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Womens-Work

Emma Mower

Emma Mower ‘Revolutions’

  • 13 February — 2 April 2016

In the artist's words:
‘The discarded and often overlooked in our daily environments are important to me. The structures I see and the objects that I find are constantly rediscovered in my work. I am fascinated by the lines, shapes, fragments and surfaces that form the basis of our urban and domestic surroundings and form the compositions that contribute to the geometry of our everyday lives.’

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Emma-Mower-Revolutions-

East London Group

The East London Group - ‘Out of the City’

  • 19 March — 25 June 2016

The East London Group became widely known in the 1920s and ‘30s for sparse urban views and street-scenes but also painted extensively outside their native East End surroundings, often in East Anglia. This exhibition will focus on their pictures “Out of the City”, offering a rare opportunity to view works unseen since the 1930s.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/The-East-London-Group-Out-of-the-City

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

Promotion & Events Team (Southend Libraries & Museums)

libraryevents@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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