The Beecroft Art Gallery
The Beecroft Art Gallery

The Beecroft Art Gallery

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The Beecroft Art Gallery
The Beecroft Art Gallery

The Beecroft Art Gallery

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The Beecroft Art Gallery
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 Beecroft 

 Art Gallery 

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 11-5

Thursday: 11-5

Friday: 11-5

Saturday: 11-5

Sunday: 11-5

Bank Holidays: Closed

Beecroft Art Gallery has a permanent collection of over 2000 works, ranging from 17th-century Dutch paintings to contemporary works.

 

The collection includes examples by artists such as Molenaer, Ruisdael and Berchem plus 19th-century artists including Rossetti, Constable and Edward Lear. There are works by Carel Weight, the Great Bardfield Group, and a fine bronze by Jacob Epstein. The local artist Alan Sorrell is represented by his Drawings of Nubia series depicting a visit to Egypt prior to the building of the Aswan Dam. The Thorpe Smith Collection of local landscape views contains paintings, drawings and prints from as early as 1803.

 

Southend Museums Service has been acquiring fashion as part of its social history collection since opening in the 1970s. The collections have subsequently been re-housed at the Beecroft Art Gallery and fashion history exhibitions take place there once a year.

The collections' main strengths are the decades from the 1920s to the 1970s but there are important earlier pieces, most notably a rare, 17th century slap sole shoe. Not surprisingly, beach wear is a major area of collection: in 2009 Southend received a donation of 500 bathing suits from private collector, Mavis Plume. They date from around 1900 to the 1980s and include several rare pieces.

Current Exhibitions

Free Yoga

‘Furtherance’ an Exhibition by Group East

Beecroft Art Gallery

30/04/22 - 25/06/22

Free Yoga

Stephen Jordan & Tim Severwright - Rounded Perspectives

Beecroft Art Gallery

22/04/22 - 22/06/22

Free Yoga

The Essex Feminist Forum

Beecroft Art Gallery

23rd December 2021 Onwards

Free Yoga

Sheila Appleton & Ian Smith - A View of Retrospection

Online

19th October 2021 onwards

Free Yoga

Southend's Faith and Belief Festival

Online at onesouthend.com

17 May 2021 onwards

Free Yoga

Colour

Beecroft Art Gallery

18 May 2021 onwards

Getting Here

BEECROFT ART GALLERY

Victoria Avenue

Southend-on-Sea

Essex

SS2 6EX

 

Telephone: 01702 212511

Email: museums@southend.gov.uk

Visitor Information

Gift Shop

Gifts, toys and homewares can be found in our gift shop near the Welcome Desk.

Gallery Accessibility

The front entrance is one level and all floors are full accessible by public lifts. A disabled toilet is available on the ground floor.

Limited disabled parking is available to the rear of the building. Access is through the Beecroft staff car park, which is located to the left of the entrance to the multi-story car park.