Focal Point Gallery at The Forum

Focal Point Gallery is South Essex’s only public contemporary art gallery, open to all. Offering an exciting and ambitious programme of largely free workshops, talks, outdoor film screenings and offsite projects, we also present four major exhibitions a year featuring both international and local artists. 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 do this by offering a wide range of creative activities for people of all ages, background and abilities, to learn, come together and enjoy. We consider the philosophies and working methods of the artists in our exhibitions programme as the starting point for inspiration, and discussion in the community. All of our Learning programmes are led by practicing artists.  These currently include Creative Open Days, Sunday Arts Club, Contemporary Elders, Things You Never Get Taught, and our School’s programme.

As a local gallery with an international reach…

For over 30 years Focal Point Gallery has championed Southend-on-Sea, attracting visitors to the city and working to create positive change in perceptions of Essex. We advocate for culture led regeneration and investment opportunities to support growth of the local economy and positive placemaking for our region.

We are committed to making our programme and venue accessible and have a range of provisions including large print and dyslexia friendly exhibition booklets, activity sheets, ear defenders and sensory adapted viewing times. We also have a shop which sells items from our Printed Matter collection, including artist’s publication, editions and merchandise.

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Focal Point Gallery receives regular funding from Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation. The gallery is part of Southend-on-Sea City Council.