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'Tip of the Iceberg' Exhibition Booking

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AM/PM booking slots for 'Tip of the Iceberg' at Focal Point Gallery. (Booking is not essential, places will be available on the day)

About this event

Featuring works from Artists: Shaun C. Badham, Becky Beasley, Kathrin Böhm, Graham Burnett, Gabriella Hirst with Warren Harper, Anna Lukala, Mary Mattingly, Uriel Orlow, Rachel Pimm and Alida Rodrigues, Zheng Bo.

Whilst the scale of the ecological crisis can seem overwhelming on a global scale, ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ explores how individual and collective action can have local impact to tackle the structural and environmental problems we face, whilst also connecting to other national and international initiatives.

This project reveals the hidden economies that occupy the intersection between art and alternative growing practices, which are increasingly coming together in pursuit of climate action and social justice. Southend is in the first 10% of UK towns to be flooded by rising sea levels, making climate action an imperative rather than an option.

This group exhibition of local and international artists presented at Focal Point Gallery and on Big Screen Southend includes new and recent works that explore three key themes: the notion of the ‘commons’ in relation to natural resources; how plants can be considered as both witnesses and agents across history, and how local hidden economies can act as catalysts for wider change. The exhibition title refers to the image of an iceberg as a visual metaphor, first used by feminist economist geographer J.K Gibson-Graham to explain the diversity of economic systems.

This exhibition is free and all are welcome. For the comfort of all our visitors, we will ask you to kindly follow social distancing guidelines upon arrival, and encourage mask wearing.

If you would like to make a donation to the gallery and further support our programming activities, feel free to do so by entering an amount in the Donation field before checking out for your free ticket.

Whilst you are in Southend there are a number of other cultural destinations you might like to visit, such as Southchurch Hall and Prittlewell Priory. The Seafront is also nearby at the other end of the High Street where you can visit the world’s longest pleasure pier, beaches and visitor attractions. More information here: http://www.visitsouthend.co.uk

What else to expect from your visit:

In order to ensure the health and wellbeing of our visitors, supporters and gallery team, we've put the following safety measures in place:     

You will be able to sanitise your hands on entry to the gallery with the sanitiser provided.

Although face coverings are now optional, we are encouraging visitors to wear them whilst inside the gallery (unless exempt due to a health condition).

Please maintain social distancing whilst you're visiting the gallery.

There are toilets available in the building, with an increased cleaning regime in place.

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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. Focal Point Gallery is located in The Forum, which is a hundred yards from Southend Central Station. (Trains every fifteen minutes from London Fenchurch Street, journey time fifty minutes).

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