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.
BIBA

BIBA

  • 28 May 2016 — 14 January 2017 *on now

This exhibition explores the iconic brand from its humble beginnings as a postal clothing boutique, to its unprecedented success and expansion into the world of home wares, cosmetics, and even food. Biba and everything associated with it became a lifestyle aspiration for nearly all teenagers and young adults during the 1960s and 70s. Biba was the brainchild of Barbara Hulanicki, a fashion illustrator whose desire to create affordable fashion for all, saw the development of a business that would change the face of high street fashion, lifestyle wares and shopping forever.


Displayed across the Beecroft Art Gallery and Central Museum, this will be a joint exhibition celebrating all things Biba, highlighting the brands reach from fashion to personal health and lifestyle wares. A local and prolific collector of Biba has kindly loaned the objects in this exhibition, emphasising the importance and relevance of this brand today.


With a completely new and unique atmosphere that appealed to all the senses, Biba was an experience that many will fondly remember. For those who are new to Biba, it will be an exciting and captivating journey through the history and character of the brand.
Enchanting and charismatic, Biba continues to make the mundane magical.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/BIBA-Exhibition

Radical

Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making

  • 10 September — 5 November 2016 *on now

International and UK artists brought together in the UK for radical craft exhibition.

34 international and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of taught convention are showing work in Radical Craft: Alternative Ways of Making, a Craftspace and Outside In touring exhibition which is on show at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea.

The exhibition, which is co-curated by Laura Hamilton, showcases artworks by historically renowned artists associated with the ‘Outsider Art’ genre and contemporary artists, many of whom are self-taught, who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation; 21 of whom have been selected from open submissions.

Eminent artist Alice Kettle, one of the selectors for the open UK call for artists says the exhibition “communicates the dynamic of living and making, of using transformative potential of craft to enter other visionary worlds…craft becomes a process of resistance and method of adaptation”

Themes in the exhibition include radical missions in which artists have a passion for a particular subject or technique; intuitive responses to textiles employed as a non-verbal means of engaging with the outside world; autobiographical responses to the natural or urban environment; and folkloric or surreal perceptions of the world.

Admission

Free Admission

Website

http://www.southendmuseums.co.uk/whats_on/event/Radical-Craft-Alternative-Ways-of-Making

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.
BIBA

Bring Out Your Biba

  • 8 October 2016 1-3:30pm

An afternoon celebrating all things Biba with talks from Steven Thomas – Designer of the Big Biba store and Delisia Price – original Biba Buyer.

A question and answer session with two prolific collectors of Biba including Adam Keppel – collector of the Biba exhibition and Angela Jane Smith. They will answer your questions and can help to identify any Biba items you bring along!

Refreshments included.

Admission

Tickets: £10.00

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bring-out-your-biba-tickets-27673876309

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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