Art gallery opens in former library

Art gallery opens in former library

Art gallery opens in former library

First published in News

DOZENS of art lovers turned out to see Southend’s new civic gallery open in the town’s former central library.

The Beecroft Art Gallery opened in the building in Victoria Avenue on Saturday.

Clare Hunt, curatorial manager for the gallery, said: “The possibilities are endless with the exhibition spaces we have now.”

The gallery opened with an exhibition of bathing suits, a collection of paintings of local scenes and photographs of football stadiums, including Roots Hall.

An exhibition of Latin American art and portraits of descendants of people who sat for Van Gogh’s painting The Potato Eaters will open next month.

Southend Council opted to move the Beecroft from a crumbling former hotel in Station Road, Westcliff, to the empty Victoria Avenue building after a suggestion from pressure group Skipp.

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3:25pm Wed 13 Aug 14

jayman says...

all that space... Once home to a different art form 'literature'. I guess the new shoe box library will have to do until the art institution get the next best thing. Since this space is owned by the council, I wonder if I could plop in my own art instillation It will be called 'the blue rosette' It's a thought provoking piece that depicts the metaphorical and political themes of modern day life in a seaside town. the piece will comprise of a brown envelope which half obscures both a wad of paper money and a blue rosette. a document is emerging from the envelope which is visible from viewer superior viewing position. Listed upon the document are a series of council responsibilities. Education is in a bold font. projected onto the ceiling above the piece are the words 'dernier cri tromper'
all that space... Once home to a different art form 'literature'. I guess the new shoe box library will have to do until the art institution get the next best thing. Since this space is owned by the council, I wonder if I could plop in my own art instillation It will be called 'the blue rosette' It's a thought provoking piece that depicts the metaphorical and political themes of modern day life in a seaside town. the piece will comprise of a brown envelope which half obscures both a wad of paper money and a blue rosette. a document is emerging from the envelope which is visible from viewer superior viewing position. Listed upon the document are a series of council responsibilities. Education is in a bold font. projected onto the ceiling above the piece are the words 'dernier cri tromper' jayman
  • Score: -7

6:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

jantone says...

Sarcasm never entered this contribution!! Small minded people who don't want the town to progress. Get a life or just "shut up"!!!
Sarcasm never entered this contribution!! Small minded people who don't want the town to progress. Get a life or just "shut up"!!! jantone
  • Score: -2

6:21pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

Interesting, we were told this building was unsuitable for use as a library, & as a consequence we the council taxpayers had to foot the bulk of the bill for the "university" library with a few small areas for our use. Now suddenly, after a very small (in comparison to the cost of the library) sum of money for renovations, it is suitable for use as an art gallery. Am I the only one who finds this a bit odd?
Obviously, if the council had spent a lot less than they did, the Beecroft Gallery premises could have been rebuilt & the Victoria Avenue library renovated to make it fit for purpose.
Interesting, we were told this building was unsuitable for use as a library, & as a consequence we the council taxpayers had to foot the bulk of the bill for the "university" library with a few small areas for our use. Now suddenly, after a very small (in comparison to the cost of the library) sum of money for renovations, it is suitable for use as an art gallery. Am I the only one who finds this a bit odd? Obviously, if the council had spent a lot less than they did, the Beecroft Gallery premises could have been rebuilt & the Victoria Avenue library renovated to make it fit for purpose. Bosniavet
  • Score: 3

7:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

It was an enchanting evening, just a hop from the Civic Centre, loved the Latin American art and free wine & nibbles..
It was an enchanting evening, just a hop from the Civic Centre, loved the Latin American art and free wine & nibbles.. sesibollox
  • Score: 1

2:12am Thu 14 Aug 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

jayman wrote:
all that space... Once home to a different art form 'literature'. I guess the new shoe box library will have to do until the art institution get the next best thing. Since this space is owned by the council, I wonder if I could plop in my own art instillation It will be called 'the blue rosette' It's a thought provoking piece that depicts the metaphorical and political themes of modern day life in a seaside town. the piece will comprise of a brown envelope which half obscures both a wad of paper money and a blue rosette. a document is emerging from the envelope which is visible from viewer superior viewing position. Listed upon the document are a series of council responsibilities. Education is in a bold font. projected onto the ceiling above the piece are the words 'dernier cri tromper'
Is the poor grammar in your post also a political comment, or just an unintended revelation of your reactionary position against anything you don't really like?
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: all that space... Once home to a different art form 'literature'. I guess the new shoe box library will have to do until the art institution get the next best thing. Since this space is owned by the council, I wonder if I could plop in my own art instillation It will be called 'the blue rosette' It's a thought provoking piece that depicts the metaphorical and political themes of modern day life in a seaside town. the piece will comprise of a brown envelope which half obscures both a wad of paper money and a blue rosette. a document is emerging from the envelope which is visible from viewer superior viewing position. Listed upon the document are a series of council responsibilities. Education is in a bold font. projected onto the ceiling above the piece are the words 'dernier cri tromper'[/p][/quote]Is the poor grammar in your post also a political comment, or just an unintended revelation of your reactionary position against anything you don't really like? costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jayman says...

costa-del-blowfly wrote:
jayman wrote:
all that space... Once home to a different art form 'literature'. I guess the new shoe box library will have to do until the art institution get the next best thing. Since this space is owned by the council, I wonder if I could plop in my own art instillation It will be called 'the blue rosette' It's a thought provoking piece that depicts the metaphorical and political themes of modern day life in a seaside town. the piece will comprise of a brown envelope which half obscures both a wad of paper money and a blue rosette. a document is emerging from the envelope which is visible from viewer superior viewing position. Listed upon the document are a series of council responsibilities. Education is in a bold font. projected onto the ceiling above the piece are the words 'dernier cri tromper'
Is the poor grammar in your post also a political comment, or just an unintended revelation of your reactionary position against anything you don't really like?
nope. that's just a complete disregard for grammar..
[quote][p][bold]costa-del-blowfly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: all that space... Once home to a different art form 'literature'. I guess the new shoe box library will have to do until the art institution get the next best thing. Since this space is owned by the council, I wonder if I could plop in my own art instillation It will be called 'the blue rosette' It's a thought provoking piece that depicts the metaphorical and political themes of modern day life in a seaside town. the piece will comprise of a brown envelope which half obscures both a wad of paper money and a blue rosette. a document is emerging from the envelope which is visible from viewer superior viewing position. Listed upon the document are a series of council responsibilities. Education is in a bold font. projected onto the ceiling above the piece are the words 'dernier cri tromper'[/p][/quote]Is the poor grammar in your post also a political comment, or just an unintended revelation of your reactionary position against anything you don't really like?[/p][/quote]nope. that's just a complete disregard for grammar.. jayman
  • Score: 1

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