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Be sure to visit the exhibition open during, the Forum, Southend opening times:

Monday – Friday, 8am - 7pm

Saturday, 8am - 5pm

Sunday, 11am – 4pm


Swimwear from 1940-1969


Now available to hire at your Venue


This exhibition explores the style, design and inspiration of women’s swimwear during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Through the display of bathing suits, two-pieces and bikinis, the exhibition highlights the changing shape and coverage of swimwear alongside our changing attitudes towards the body.

 With the heyday of the English seaside holiday and the increasing accessibility of overseas travel, swimwear production gained momentum during this time. The development of new fibres with stretchy, shiny and water resistant qualities, allowed swimwear design to become more adventurous and embellished than ever before.

During these three decades, swimwear changed dramatically in its structure, coverage and associations. What started out as sturdy garments designed to hold everything in, push everything up, and flatten everything out, ended as a few bits of flimsy fabric that signified a change in both fashion and culture. This is a touring exhibition funded by Arts Council England and is now available to hire.


Please email or call 01702 212511 for details about hiring the exhibition.

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Welcomes artists of all abilities. Meets on Mondays 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Wesley Hall in Benfleet Methodist Church, 67 High Road, Benfleet, SS7 5LH. First session free, thereafter £2 per week (pay as you go basis), including light refreshments; plus a £5 joining fee. They have a large selection of books as well as guest tutors and day trips. For more information visit Facebook page.




LEARN painting on Porcelain and Silk Painting on Fridays in the Royal Navel Association, East Street, Southend, 9.45 am to 12 noon. Beginners welcome. Enquiries contact 07547153301




An art class is being held each Friday between 10.15 am and 12.15 pm at Leigh Sailing Club, Old Leigh. Meet Teresa Norfolk, Leigh greetings card artist. New members welcome. Contact Teresa on 01702 307173.



Regular Friday meeting at King’s Road United Reform Church, Crowstone Road, from 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start, finishing at 10 pm. Free tea, coffee. The group have regular competitions; lectures; studio evenings; practical evenings and ’shooting’ expeditions during the year. Cost £2.50 for visitors. Call 01702 540137 or for more information

Studio 19 is a hidden, creative space in the heart of the Leigh-on-Sea community and the permanent home to three local artists.


This light white space is divided in to the artists’ studios, which most definitely reflect their different working styles and practice, and the dedicated ‘clean’ space which is used for exhibitions, installations, events, workshops, and the occasional business meeting.


Studio 19It has been a venue for the Leigh Art Trail for the last two years and the objective of the resident artists is to evolve the space as a creative and constructive artist hub; albeit in a compact and bijoux way.


Opening Times: by appointment only or during advertised events e.g. Leigh Art Trail

Availability of space: Studio spaces are not available, however the gallery/workshop area is available for hire.

Studio Manager Jan Simon


Address 19 Leighcliff Buildings, Leighcliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1DJ



Phone 07850579439