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Focal Point Gallery

The Forum, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS11NB
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue Closed/Wed-Sat 11am–5pm/Sun Closed 01702 534108
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  • Changing Places Facility
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Focal Point Gallery is South Essex’s only public contemporary art gallery, which presents an exciting and ambitious programme of free exhibitions every year, featuring both international and local artists.

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We offer a wide range of largely free workshops, talks, outdoor film screenings and offsite public art projects. We believe in building a community and a safe space to enjoy art and the creative process, where everyone is valued. Our aim is to inspire curiosity by producing and presenting thought-provoking art made today that explores our locality, sense of self and the importance of communities through investigating current concerns that resonate internationally.

We set out to enrich the cultural lives of local residents of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, by providing them access to world-class, pioneering art, and creating opportunities for them to develop their own creative skills and thinking.  We strengthen our offer through partnerships and networks, working together to co-design projects and initiatives with a belief in working openly with others.

Focal Point Gallery also curates and commissions an on-going programme of artist moving image, screened daily on Big Screen Southend; a permanent outdoor video facility located adjacent to our main gallery space in Elmer Square. In July 2017, the gallery launched Twenty One: an alternative cultural venue for live art, events and exhibitions. Located on the seafront, the venue is situated next to the acclaimed Southend Pier; the longest pleasure pier in the world.

The gallery also leads and curates Radical ESSEX; an on-going project that re-examines the history of the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture.

As a local gallery with an international reach, for over 30 years Focal Point Gallery has championed Southend-on-Sea. The gallery receives regular funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation and is part of Southend-on-Sea City Council.

Free Gallery Tours in 2024!

Saturday 3 February 2024 to Monday 31 March 2025
Thursdays and Fridays
3pm to 4pm

FPG presents ‘Time to Tour’, our new free offer of guided tours of our unique exhibitions led by FPG’s Gallery Assistants, all of whom are practising local creatives. The tours will be available on Thursdays and Fridays, 3pm to 4pm. No need to book, just turn up! We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery.

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