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.
Victorian Secrets

Victorian Secrets and the Workhouse

  • 11 February — 18 March 2017 *on now

BA (Hons) Costume Construction Student's Exhibition

(South Essex College, University of Arts London, Royal Opera House)


Year 1 & 2 Projects:

Southwell Workhouse

"Black Adder"

Victorian Underclothes


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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Victorian-Secrets-and-the-Workhouse

Football

and football created...

  • 21 February — 6 May 2017 *on now

Russell Cooper's take on football is both art and archive; an art based documentary which combines nostalgia with social comment in an exhibition that includes painting, large scale prints, assemblage, cut-outs, kinetic sculpture, toys and memorabilia.

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/and-football-created

Disrupting the Archive

Disrupting the Archive

  • 25 February — 8 April 2017 *on now

TOMA* artists delved into the Beecroft art stores to produce new artworks informed by, responding to or disrupting pieces held within the collection. The contemporary will be shown alongside the archival for the alternative art programme's first group show.

*TOMA is an affordable student led alternative fine art programme pitched at postgraduate level in Southend and based at Metal Art School

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Disrupting-the-Archive

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.
Short Film Festival

Southend Short Film Festival

  • 18 March 2017 2-4pm

Southend Short Film Festival has been created to showcase, as well as celebrate, students and young adults work within the film industry, encompassing a wide variety of genres and styles of filmic display.

Website

http://www.southendshortfilmfestival.weebly.com

Sad Vacation

Film Screening: "Sad Vacation"

  • 20 March 2017 7:30-10pm

On the 40th anniversary of their first meeting, Beecroft Art Gallery will be screening a new documentary about the painful and poignant final days of the tragic couple Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.

Doors from 7.30pm, Film from 8pm.

Admission

Tickets £5 from the Beecroft Art Gallery or £6 on the night.

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Film-Screening-Sad-Vacation

Dress Store

Behind the Scenes: Dress and Textiles Store

  • 27 April 2017 12-1pm

This exciting look behind the scenes of our Dress and Textiles store will let you into the secrets of how we care for and store our vast collection of dress and textiles. You will even get the opportunity to see some weird, wonderful and glamorous objects and garments within this collection!

With Assistant Curator of Social History Ciara Phipps and Conservator Claire Reed

Admission

Tickets: £6.00 each
Book on www.southendlam.eventbrite.com

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/behind-the-scenes-dress-and-textiles-store-tickets-30081634980

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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