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.
Netpark

Netpark Wellbeing Project

  • 27 May — 22 July 2017 *on now

Slideshow of digital and traditional art made by participants taking
part in the NetPark Wellbeing prioject at Chalkwell park.

This project is funded by Southend Borough council and Metal Arts organisation.

The project uses art and outdoor space with people living with dementia,
depression, anxiety, stress, social isolation and learning difficulties.

The art work shown is made by participants from Open Arts, Tuesday
Dementia Art Group, Project 49, Admiral Court, Peaceful Place, and
Just Listening To You

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Netpark-Wellbeing-Project

Steve Whittle

Steve Whittle: Recent Work

  • 24 June — 22 July 2017 *on now

Delve into the large scale collages and other works from artist Steve Whittle.

Drop in and meet the artist on 8th July, 11am - 3pm!

Free Admission

Tues - Sat | 10:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Steve-Whittle-Recent-Work

Maurice Dolphin

Maurice Dolphin: A Painter's Life

  • 8 July — 12 August 2017 *on now

Maurice Dolphin, 74, is a resident of a one bedroom flat managed by South Essex Homes in Bishop House, Western Approaches, Southend.

Maurice grew up at his family home in Trinity Road, Southend, and attended Hamstel Road School. After school, between the ages of 15 and 17, he studied Life Drawing at Southend School of Art, which was based in a large corrugated iron building just off Victoria Circus.

For eighteen years spanning the 1970s & 1980s, Maurice worked for I.P.C. Magazines, which produced comic magazines including Tiger, Roy of the Rovers, Eagle and 2000 AD. Maurice was a member of SLADE (Society of Lithographic Artists Designers and Engravers) and he saw huge changes in the world of magazine design. He said: “Towards the late eighties, the days of brushes, pencils and set squares were ending as computerisation took over so much of the work we used to do at the magazine and many of the people of my generation suffered from this big change.”

Following his redundancy from I.P.C. Magazines in 1989, Maurice worked at the Daily Express for a short time.

These days, Maurice’s flat in Bishop House doubles up as an artist’s studio from where he paints his large scale portraits and landscapes. “I was born with a brush and pencil in my hand”, he said, “and although I don’t have a particular favourite artist, the type of academic painting I favour is in a similar style to Franz Winterhalter, Frederico de Madrazo and William Bouguereau.”

In his bedroom, several canvases stand stacked together, some unfinished and some completed and presented in ornate frames. His subjects include notable people from history including members of royal families and he has painted a number of portraits of Florence Nightingale, a favourite subject of his.

In his later life Maurice has faced many life restricting challenges especially to his health but above all he is proof that for an artist there’s no obstacle that can prevent creativity.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Maurice-Dolphin-A-Painters-Life

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

Chinese Contemporary Intangible Culture Heritages

Chinese Contemporary Intangible Culture Heritages Exhibition

  • 1 — 13 August 2017

Chinese Contemporary Intangible Culture Heritages Exhibition
- Jiangsu Art Foundation 2016 Funding Project

A quarter of a century has elapsed since Jiangsu and Essex established sister province/county relationships in 1992. As part of the silver anniversary celebrations and ongoing bilateral cultural exchanges, the Chinese Contemporary Intangible Culture Heritages Exhibition has been sponsored by Jiangsu Art Foundation as of 2016 and supported by Essex County Council and Nanjing Office, Jiangsu Provincial Department of Culture, Jiangsu Art Fund Management Center, and Beecroft Art Gallery under Southend Museums Service.

The Exhibition features over 50 works across nine distinctive categories; jade carving, embroidery, inner painting, lacquer, Zisha pottery, Yunjin, blue-and-white textile, tie-dye, and brocade. The categories will epitomise the exquisite techniques and profound cultural connotations of traditional Chinese intangible heritages, and, in each ease, showcase the cultural characteristics of specific places, plus the original views and persistent pursuit of Chinese artists.

We hope the exhibition will help bring the glamour of Jiangsu and the essence of Chinese arts to the world stage.
Jiangsu Artall Cultural Industry Co., Ltd.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Tues - Sat | 10:00 - 17:00

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Chinese-Contemporary-Intangible-Culture-Heritage-Exhibition

TOMA

TOMA Takeover

  • 12 August 2017 10am-5pm

TOMA artists are animating the Beecroft space for one day only.

The alternative art school group will be dismantling the norm for seven hours of temporary exhibitions, interventions, gallery walks, drop-in workshops and interactions throughout the day.

All are welcome and everything is free!

10:00 - 17:00



www.toma-art.com

Twitter: @theotherma_TOMA

Instagram & Facebook: @theotherma

Admission

Free Drop-in

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/TOMA-Takeover

Jiaodong Folk Window Paper cutting Art Exhibition

  • 19 — 31 August 2017

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

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.
National Celebration of Stitch

National Celebration of Stitch

  • 5 August 2017 10:30am-3pm

Join the Embroiderer's Guild to celebrate the wonder of Stitch.
Drop-in and have a go!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Drop-in

Prehistoric Britain

Prehistoric Britain

  • 9 August 2017 11am-12pm
  • 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

Fun and Games

Fun & Games!

  • 10 August 2017 11am-12pm

Come along to Southend Central Museum for some fun and games, in support of our Toys exhibition.

Learn through play with some of our toys, enjoy our story time and play a classic Victorian parlour game!

Thursday 10th August 2017 | 11am - 12 noon | Tickets: £4 | Suitable for younger children.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Tickets £4 each
Book your ticket in advance from: www.southendlam.eventbrite.com

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fun-games-tickets-34979016179

A Gift From Southend

A Gift From Southend

  • 11 August 2017 11am-12:30pm

Explore the permanent exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery, focusing on Southend’s seafront past. Learn about and reminisce over sunny holidays and days out from the past, handle objects from by gone days on the beach, and peruse the gallery’s collection of posters, postcards, and souvenirs. Also included is a special focus on Wrecks of the Estuary, and the London wreck.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets: £5.00
Booking online via www.southendlam.eventbrite.com

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-gift-from-southend-tickets-32924710696

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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