Exhibition Tour: Elsa James, 'Othered in a region that has been historically Othered'.
Focal Point Gallery is pleased to announce the first major solo exhibition by British African-Caribbean artist, producer and activist Elsa James. Her most ambitious work to date, ‘Othered in a region that has been historically Othered’ premieres in her home of Southend and is part of her ongoing enquiry into what it means to be black in Essex. The exhibition includes a major three-part film installation and original sound works, alongside text and new series of prints. These are centred around James’ lived experience, combining historical and speculative narratives, the untold stories of current residents and extensive research. Video produced and edited by Paul Bates and Gabrielle Milanese (Realm Video) https://www.fpg.org.uk/exhibition/elsa-james/
The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2020
Created alongside The Arts Foundation. This special Online Ceremony will share the extraordinary and distinct work of twenty finalists across the areas of Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers and Visual Arts, with all finalists receiving £1,000 towards their artistic practice.
'To Dream Effectively' Exhibition Tour
Artists: Larry Achiampong, Sophia Al-Maria, A.S.T. (Alliance of the Southern Triangle), Diann Bauer, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Caspar Heinemann, Leyla Pillai, Tabita Rezaire, Himali Singh Soin, Emilija Škarnulytė, Rosie Grace Ward This online tour introduces the works exhibited in 'To Dream Effectively', through insights into the artists' narratives and visualisations of speculative futures. These offer powerful alternatives to the mainstream histories that dominate our past and present realities. Discover the inspirational writer Ursula K. L Guin and how her novel The Lathe of Heaven, 1971 influenced the ideas behind the exhibition. 'To Dream Effectively' brings together international artists whose varied work offers cautionary reflections on a future that can still be influenced by how we dream it to be. This special tour was recorded in October 2020 to celebrate the works in 'To Dream Effectively' and features Gallery Director, Katharine Stout, Assistant Curators, Laura Bowen and James Ravinet and Gallery Assistant, Ruth Jones. Filmed and edited by Gabrielle Milanese and Paul Bates.
Contemporary Elders x Digital Connectivity
Focal Point Gallery and South Essex Homes have partnered up to explore the experiences of elder residents during lockdown and the digital connectivity available to them. Filmmaker's Gabriella Milanese and Paul Bates were commissioned to make a pilot video with three householders, each of Kestral House, Shoeburyness, Norman Harris House and The Brambles, Southend expressing their individual life achievements, interests and hopes for the future. From a variety of backgrounds the three interviewees, Hilda Berry, Sally Robinson and Phyllis Ward voiced the benefits of remaining connected and their willingness to be digital ambassadors to fellow elder tenants. The Contemporary Elders film will be screened on the Big Screen from 25 August to 10 September.
'Voices for Change'Join the Conversation
Want to be included in this film? Working alongside Southend 4 BLM to create a film consisting of interviews, poetry and performances. Our films aim is to create change and evoke understanding while discussing racism, racial injustice and racial inequality. The final film will be screened to the public later this year. Filmed with support from Metal Southend and Focal Point Gallery. Let's work together to create change and keep the conversation going. Be the change.
Rosa-Johan Uddoh, 'Practice Makes Perfect' x Focal Point Gallery
Artist Rosa-Johan Uddoh introduces a video tour of her current solo exhibition. ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ explores the relationship of childhood education with popular ideas of the British nation, and how this forms British subjects. This develops Uddoh’s practice exploring the effects of black British popular culture on self-formation. Responding to the current debates about black history within the National Curriculum and urban space, Uddoh has approached the creation of new work for this exhibition as therapeutic ‘wish fulfilment’ in a time of uncertainty in education and wider racial tension. 'Practice Makes Perfect' continues at Focal Point Gallery until 29 August 2021. Find out more here: https://www.fpg.org.uk/exhibition/practice-makes-perfect/ Filmed and edited by Paul Bates and Gabrielle Milanese.
Start Programme Workshop Video; Focal Point Gallery
Workshop facilitated by Ayesha Tan Jones. 'Start' is a programme of gallery based, creative activities for local children and young people. Thanks to the generous support of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, FPG Start will continue through 2020-21, building and sustaining relationships with schools in catchments of socio-economic deprivation. The programme facilitates arts activities over a sustained period of time, encouraging children and young people to engage in contemporary art and to be introduced to possible career pathways in the Creative Industries. Start brings together world class contemporary art exhibitions at Focal Point Gallery, local schools and early career contemporary artists.
Black Lives Matter: The time to act is now | 2020 ESPYS
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