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.
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 — 12 May 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

Ruby Stitches

Ruby Stitches presented by South & East Essex Embroiderers

  • 13 May — 17 June 2017

South & East Essex Embroiderers Guild showcase their work and celebrate forty fabulous years of stitching.

Free Admission

Tues - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Ruby-Stitches-presented-by-South-East-Essex-Embroiderers-

Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler: From the Shore and Beyond

  • 20 May — 8 July 2017

This photographic exhibition at Beecroft was part of Metal’s Estuary Festival 2016. The work on show is by local photographer Simon Fowler and includes a selection of work from some of his many adventures on and around the estuary as well as a series of iconic landscape photographs of the estuarine shoreline.

Free Admission

Tues - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Simon-Fowler-From-the-Shore-and-Beyond

Alan Chambers

Alan Chambers: Watercolours

  • 20 May — 24 June 2017

Taking part in the Hockley Art Trail in July 2014 Alan wrote “I would like to think that visitors to exhibitions of my paintings will derive as much enjoyment viewing my pictures as I have had creating them”. Alan’s family would like to echo his sentiments in this retrospective show of some of his work.

Proceeds from the sale of any paintings will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Free Admission

Tues - Sat, 10:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Alan-Chambers-Watercolours

Netpark

Netpark Wellbeing Project

  • 27 May — 22 July 2017

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

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.
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

Film Screening: World Without End (no reported incidents)

  • 20 May 2017 10:30-11:30am

The New York-based filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist, well known for his film portraits of urban landscape, spent time in residence with Metal capturing the landscape and people of South East Essex for this new film, premiered at Estuary 2016: ‘I found that the Thames Estuary and its insistent tides brought in not only nature and history, but prize-winning Indian curries, an encyclopaedic universe of hatwear, and a nearly lost world of proto punk music.’

Originally commissioned by Metal for Estuary 2016, the film has since been shown at the Vienna International Film Festival and the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

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Dir: Jem Cohen
USA /UK / 2016 / 57 minutes / NR

Entry: Free

10:30 - 11:30

Beecroft Lecture Theatre

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Film-Screening-World-Without-End-no-reported-incidents

Looking for Johnny

Film Screening: Looking for Johnny

  • 15 July 2017 2:30-4:30pm

Showing as part of our series of events celebrating 40 years of Punk.

Featuring a live performance by Steve Hooker Stripped Down Stompin’ Band at the film’s conclusion.

Doors 2.30pm - Film starts at 3pm

Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. 'Looking For Johnny' is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991. When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery. Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist's demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw. He was adored by a legion of devotees and cited as an influence by at least three successive generations of musicians. Thunders refused to play the corporate game and was both elevated and damned for it. 'Looking for Johnny' is the creation of Danny Garcia ('The Rise & Fall of The Clash').

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission: £6 on the door or £5 in advance from the Beecroft Art Gallery or Slick 50 Barbers, 113 Park Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7PD

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Film-Screening-Looking-for-Johnny

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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