Focal Point Gallery – Pecuilar People Exhibition

 

Including artworks and archival material from Access Credit Card, Alan Kane, Jeremy Deller, Dan Mitchell and Simon Periton, Alan Sorrell, Alfred Hitchcock, Ashingdon Colony, Basildon New Town, Bata International, Caspar Heinemann, Cedric Price, Christian Nyampeta, Colin Ward, Dial House, Dunton Plotlands, Eduardo Paolozzi, Essex Wildlife Trust, Gloria Jackson, Graham Burnett, Hadleigh Farm Colony, Hammer Prints Ltd., Hannah Black, Henri Chopin, Ken Worpole, Laindon Labour Colony, Lina Lapelyte, Margaret Thatcher, Mayland Colony, Milly Thompson, Nigel Henderson, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, Osea Temperance Society, Othona Community, Purleigh Colony, Roderic Barrett, Ronald Reagan, Silver End Woman’s Institute, Silver End, Southend Libertarian and Anarchist Broadsheet (SLAB), Spiralseed, The Peculiar People, Wickford Colony and many more.

‘The Peculiar People’ is an exhibition and event series tracing the history of ideological and social-political communal living experiments throughout the 20th Century to the present day. These include the pioneering industrial worker estates at East Tilbury and Silver End, as well as the many alternative ideological communities such as the Tolstoy-inspired anarcho-naturist colonies; each revealing Essex as a place where utopias were imagined, traditional ways of living were challenged and revolutionary politics, art, architecture and literature were born and flourished.

Focal Point Gallery’s main exhibition space will feature an extensive archival display speculating on alternative living experiments from the late 1800s to the 1980s, alongside visual art, architecture, design and literature that relate to these counter-cultural histories. The gallery’s second space will house an installation by the artist Christian Nyampeta. This will give a framework to an evolving radical library and dynamic programme of performances, permaculture experiments, readings and public discussions

which extend, question and re-examine modes of non-conformity within a wider cultural and political context.

The exhibition culminates with a shift from socialist-focused agricultural developments to the growth of the financial sector in the East End of London and Britain’s first credit card company establishing itself in Southend-on-Sea. This shifting landscape is explored through the inclusion of Cedric Price’s 1972 model of an unrealised proposal for a lightweight pneumatic roof over the pedestrian shopping area of the town’s High Street.

Talks and Events:

16 April, 7:00 pm
The exhibition will open with artist Lina Lapelyte’s (LH), Ladies, 2015, a performance-concert featuring four women from the Lietuva ensemble.

28 April, 7:00 pm
Artist and writer Caspar Heinemann (UK) will read from their ever-evolving, pastoral poem Good Health & Safety 2015 – ongoing.

12 May, 7:00 pm
Ken Worpole (UK) writes on architecture, landscape, planning, design, and social history. In this talk, Worpole provides an overview of the nonconformist impulse in the Essex landscape (and its forms of settlement), and asks how this impulse fares today.

Visit the website for further information.

Emerge Community Day 18th September

 

Emerge
Dear parents, its just a week and a half away now….don’t miss out on joining us at the heart of Emerge for our fabulous community day!

 

 
Back by popular demand!!
For those children who missed the chance this June….
 
Faeries Superheroes 
18th September 11:00am – 12:00pm
Priory park, Southend.
£3.00 if arriving in costume, £4.00 otherwise.
Limited spaces left call Emerge to book your child’s place.
[Sorry for the mistake in my previous email – To clarify – The above workshop is being run separately , is not included in the family ticket , and will take place before the start of our community day] .
Emerge Community Day
Sunday 18th September 2011
Priory Park, Southend
12- 4pm
Family ticket £6.00
12 o’clock THE BIG FOOD SHARE!
Next …..  Workshops – Fun – Learning and Relaxation
The family ticket @ £6 entitles your family to attend all activities from 12-4pm, this includes your child a place in our The Carnival of the Animals workshop 
They’ll be wearing one of our fabulous Animal masks
They’ll be creating their costume in the Creative Arts part of the workshop- Creating your animal! Roar!!!!!
Then its Performing Arts – moving like your Animal!!
 
They will have lots of fun turning Priory Park into their very own Safari…while you relax with a cuppa and watch a demo by Donna Fallowes on how to make Free organic medicine to put in your cupboard ready for winter. 
Later in the afternoon we have lots more fun and relaxing activities for you to enjoy.
We look forwards to seeing you there!
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Children’s Performing/Creative Arts class
Thursday’s @ 4:20pm – 5:20pm
Southend Adult Community College.
Price £4.00 (including resources).
Toddler Tastic class starts again this week…please email me for further details…there are a few places currently avaialable.
Kind Regards,
Donna Fallowes
Director – Emerge

Transition Drinks on 29.01

Transition Drinks

First one of its kind and many to come. The idea behind the Transition Drinks was to create a space for local people to come together in an informal setting and chat about local groups and projects working on sustainability issues in Southend-on-Sea.

We got what we wanted! There was an interesting mix of people representing different groups and themselves:)
A member of the public, Friends of the Earth, Transition Westcliff, Milton Community Partnership, local horticulture teacher starting organic seminars and Emerge – a local art group working within the community to increase awareness of the environment.
Venue

I felt The Cricketers was a good choice of venue as it is on a main road, recognizable to local people, clean, the volume of music just right to have a conversation and offers a selection of regional ales.
The Drinks

We chatted about all sorts of matters – some of it was informative like what the groups are doing and planning to do in the future, some of it was informal with laughs and getting to know each other and some resulted in beneficial networking like which hall to use for meetings, where to print posters and how to go about other activities connected to organizing and activism.
Information and Inspiration

There is a folder for the Transition Drinks where we keep posters and leaflets of local projects, groups and events so people can have a browse and learn about the bustling grassroots scene in Southend on Sea and take a leaflet away if they are interested. A simple browsing of this folder is inspiring in itself and gives a sense of hope for the future seeing so many people working on issues important to our locality.
See you there

These drinks are open to members of the public and people already involved in initiatives so I’m looking forward to seeing you.
individuals – this is just the right place for you if you want to learn about local groups and chat about issues important to you in an informal setting.
groups – come and network with other groups, make valuable links and enjoy the feeling that you’re not alone in your activism. Bring or send leaflets to me so I can add them to the Transition Drinks folder.
Next one

26 Feb 2009, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub, crossroads of Milton Rd and London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea (map) Transition Drinks, Transition Chat – a chance to meet for an informal chat about Transition Town Westcliff and green organizations and projects in Southend-on-Sea.