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Group Visits, free entry

Focal Point Gallery

Focal Point Gallery


The Forum,
Elmer Square,


Focal Point Gallery’s education programme aims to engage people of all ages in current debates around contemporary art, and looks to extend and develop new audiences. We consider the philosophies and working methods of the artists in our exhibitions programme as the starting point for inspiration, aspiration and discussion in the community.

Focusing on a variety of cultural activities, we work with groups from different backgrounds, including students in formal education in schools, in higher and further education courses, as well as people undergoing informal education towards employment within the creative sector.

Our activities include advertised public talks and events with artists, workshops for families and the general public, tailor-made workshops in the gallery for community and student groups, and off-site externally funded projects with young people, schools and community groups.

We also provide interpretive materials for independent visitors to the gallery, ranging from critical essays by artists, writers and curators, to informal starting points to exhibitions.

To book a free group visit, to talk through your interests with the gallery, please phone Fran Wilde or Sharon Byrne on 01702 534108.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Opening details

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Closed Sundays and bank holidays
Admission free


Free entry

To book a free group visit, to talk through your interests with the gallery, please phone Fran Wilde or Sharon Byrne on 01702 534108.


Plan route to Focal Point Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 880861  Lat: 51.54247 Long: 0.70973

Travelling by train:

The gallery is located on the ground floor of The Forum, which is a hundred yards from Southend Central Station. (Trains every fifteen minutes from London Fenchurch Street, Limehouse and West Ham. Journey time around fifty minutes.)

Travelling by car:

The Forum building is located in Elmer Square. Parking is available under the adjacent South Essex College campus and the nearby University Square building. The Forum does have a number of disabled parking spaces for use by visitors.

Travelling by air:

The gallery is located a five minute walk from Southend Victoria Station, with regular trains to London Southend Airport (journey time approximately five minutes). The airport serves a large number of destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Geneva and Venice.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Southend Central station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups