Focal Point Gallery is south Essex’s gallery for contemporary visual art, promoting and commissioning major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, a programme of events including performances, film screenings and talks, as well as offsite projects and temporary public artworks. The organisation currently produces up to seven gallery exhibitions each year, in which artists and curators are given a platform to make new work in response to the gallery’s unique location on the ground floor of the town’s new library and learning facility, The Forum.




Southend Libraries & Museums comprise 5 historic museum sites and 6 Libraries located within the Southend Borough. Sites include Beecroft Art Gallery which stands as a beacon of inspiration, showcasing exciting contemporary work and the best in historic art and costume; Prittlewell Priory, an important historic building once home to Cluniac monks; and The Forum, an award-winning building and flagship library to the town.




Established more than 50 years ago, in 1964, the University of Essex has gained a global reputation with three of our subjects ranked in the world’s Top 100. Our pioneering research helps change lives and has placed us in the Top 20 UK universities for research excellence, with politics consistently topping the rankings. An international community for original thinkers, the University of Essex provides a transformational education which equips our students with the skills, knowledge and curiosity to build successful careers and lead fulfilling lives.  In 2013, The University of Essex expanded its provision in Southend when it entered into partnership with Southend Borough Council and South Essex College to create The Forum, an academic and library hub in the heart of the town.