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17 OCTOBER - 12 NOVEMBER 2019

 

THE FORUM, SOUTHEND

 

People, Pets and Places – An Exhibition by Sheila Street

 

The Forum Southend Gallery Space will be a-wash with a selection of beautiful acrylics and oils, celebrating the subject matter of people, iconic buildings, the beloved Thames Estuary and the surrounding area. This exhibition is by talented local artist, Sheila Street. Artworks will be available to purchase.

 

 

About the artist:

 

“I completed a Foundation course in Art in my youth and more recently was awarded a Certificate in Painting at the Art Academy in London.  I have been exhibiting in shows and galleries for a number of years.  I have had a painting selected for the ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ at the Mall Galleries in London, which was subsequently sold.  I have won the Art Academy Portrait Drawing Prize and since moving to this area am a annual participant in the Leigh Art Trail.

  I take inspiration from a variety of genre and artists but I am currently inspired by the local area and most recently influenced by the work of Spanish artist, Sorollo. His work has moved me to combine my love of painting people with my love for painting the sea.”

 

Be sure to stop by and view the fascinating artworks!

 

Forum opening times:

 

Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm   Saturday 8am - 5pm

  Sunday 11am - 4pm

PEOPLE, PETS AND PLACES'

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'SOUTHEND PLACES AND PEOPLE'

 

 

17 OCTOBER - 12 NOVEMBER 2019

 

THE FORUM, SOUTHEND

The Forum, Southend gallery will soon be hosting a beautiful photography exhibition featuring Southend Scenes and local people.

 

This exhibition is sure to impress locals and visitors alike, and has been inspired by light - especially the beautiful light across our Estuary.

 

'I hope people will be reminded of the lovely views we can enjoy in Southend.' - Local Photographer Lynette Adams.

 

 

 

Please visit: https://www.ljesphotography.com/ for further information.

Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present ‘The World After’, a newly commissioned work and exhibition by artist David Blandy. Comprised of a film, installation and game, ‘The World After’ is a fictional tale which imagines a world after the Anthropocene era, a time in which humanity’s activities had detrimental effect on earth’s climate and environment. In this future world, human influence on the planet has faded following a catastrophic man-made ecological crisis, with those who remain having to find new ways to survive and form kin.

The project emerges out of New Geographies, a three-year partnership across arts organisations in the East of England to commission site-specific work that responds to a series of publically nominated locations across the region. As one of nine commissioned artists, Blandy’s project takes inspiration from the unique post-industrial setting of Canvey Wick on Canvey Island, Essex.

 

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‘THE WORLD AFTER’ OPENING

26 OCTOBER - 26 JANUARY 2020      FOCAL POINT GALLERY

Formerly the site of an oil refinery that was only partially built in the early 1970s and never operational due to the oil crisis of 1973, Canvey Wick has for the past forty years been reclaimed by nature. Managed by nature conversation charities RSPB and Buglife, it is one of the most biodiverse areas of the UK with nearly 2,000 invertebrate species recorded on this quiet corner of the Thames Estuary.

In the film, the voice-over reimagines the Wick as a future space where flora and fauna have grown to monstrous size, the site for a future fantasy narrative. It uses poetry, myth, immersive video and a symphonic score, played by the Southend Symphony Orchestra, to create a bucolic yet melancholic mediation on who we are, and who we could be.

Filming the site over a year, Blandy returned every month to record the changes of the seasons. Using the technology emblematic of the Anthropocene era, the iPhone, the site was filmed in both macro and slow motion, revealing its rich yet hidden ecosystem. Through this magnification, minute scales of living communities are revealed as self-contained worlds, both sublime and horrifying in its

 

In the film, the voice-over reimagines the Wick as a future space where flora and fauna have grown to monstrous size, the site for a future fantasy narrative. It uses poetry, myth, immersive video and a symphonic score, played by the Southend Symphony Orchestra, to create a bucolic yet melancholic mediation on who we are, and who we could be.

Filming the site over a year, Blandy returned every month to record the changes of the seasons. Using the technology emblematic of the Anthropocene era, the iPhone, the site was filmed in both macro and slow motion, revealing its rich yet hidden ecosystem. Through this magnification, minute scales of living communities are revealed as self-contained worlds, both sublime and horrifying in its

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