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Contemporary Elders – Clay Workshop With Emma Edmondson

Focal Point Gallery
10.30 am to 12.30 pm

Artist, Emma Edmondson will lead a workshop exploring local clay and land rights. Participants will work with Southend clay dug from the ground to create a decorative plaque and a tile for their home.

All materials are provided but if you would like to bring anything of your own to use, this is also welcomed. This craft is suitable for all levels, whether you are a total beginner or have some level of experience.

About the artist
Emma Edmondson lives and works in Southend on Sea. Studying and graduating during the 2008 financial crash alternative economies and utopian community are at the centre of her research and practice. She uses sculpture, print, sound, text and is interested in the power of people coming together through creative projects to change systems and rules. Recently she has been processing raw clay dug from the ground and exploring local land rights to create sculptures that sit on the ground they were made from. Through this she wants to start conversations about agency, land ownership and our connections as humans to the land we live on.

Come along and make sure to book your FREE ticket on our Eventbrite page.

About Contemporary Elders

Whether you are new to contemporary art or a regular gallery attendee, you are welcome. You can attend on your own, with a partner or with friends. All workshops will be focused on the social side, with no prior art experience or understanding needed. Just a willingness to get involved! This group is for anyone aged over 60.

Focal Point Gallery is wheelchair accessible and there are additional materials available to enhance your visit, e.g. large print information sheets, family activity sheets and dedicated quiet times. The team will be happy to support your needs and more information can be found on our website at or phone us on 01702 534108 or email us at

Contemporary Elders was set up pre-covid to challenge and liberate the term ‘elder’ from the stigma of ‘elderly’ and encourages us to embrace wisdom as a path to growing whole, not old. The Contemporary Elders programme is low cost and consists of workshops, guided tours, walks and social meetups to join like-minded elders together to break down barriers, encourage life-long learning and enjoyment of the arts in all its forms.

“I have learnt new things and gained completely new perspectives and I go home with new ideas and thoughts i.e. I‘ve been woken up out of my static state, and I like it.” – A quote from a Contemporary Elder participant.

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