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Energy Console – Launch Event

Beecroft Art Gallery
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Opening event: Saturday 27 April from 2-5pm

After party: 6pm – midnight at Twenty One Southend, Western Esplanade, SS1 2EH

Neeral Bhatt | Graham Burnett | Erene Dellaporta | James Forward | Gülşen Güler | Joanna Hartle | Edi McGurk | Eva Sbaraini | Kate Sullivan | Fredrix Vermin | Fern Worsley

Energy Console is the end of year show of alternative art school The Other MA’s current 2022/24 cohort. It will take place at the Beecroft Art Gallery.
Visitors are invited to experience work created during the past 18 months of the TOMA course. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of free workshops and public events, details of which can be found on the TOMA instagram.

Exhibiting TOMA artists are showing work that explores a broad range of themes such as: emerging technologies and performativity, performance and textiles, orchards, permaculture, access intimacy, disability, anti-gallery, consumption and value, science fiction, motherhood, the body and imaginative play, expanded portraiture and digital: analogue, photography, appropriation, memory and collaboration; and the resonance of past experiences in people, places, and things. Artist-led tours of the show are scheduled throughout the exhibition period.
The exhibition entitled Energy Console is inspired by a report on ‘The TOMA way’ written by researcher Jack Ky Tan, titled ‘TOMA Dreamings’ and published in 2023. The report can be read in full here.

Please feel free to join us for the Energy Console opening event from 2pm to 5pm on the 27th of April at the Beecroft Gallery, and then for an opening party with performances, entertainment, and food and drink available to buy, from 6pm to midnight at Twenty One Southend, SS1 2EH.

About TOMA – The Other MA (TOMA) is an 18-month artist-run education model based in Southend-on-Sea, supporting artists who have faced barriers accessing art education and the ‘art world’. The participants meet several times a month at The Old Waterworks for group-selected visiting artist talks, workshops, tutorials and crit sessions.

TOMA was set up in 2016 to offer responsive, affordable, accessible art education to artists. It is currently the only postgraduate-level art programme in Essex after all others were stopped by their host universities.

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