Events for 1st Jun 13 - 30th Jun 13
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Date: 2nd Feb 2013 - 29th Jun 2013
Location: Beecroft Art Gallery & Central Museum
All the fabulous footwear on display comes from Southend Museum’s collection.
You won't find any designer names, but you will see the historic shoes which continue to influence fashion today.
If you like shoes, you'll soon be in 'Shoe Heaven'.......
Watch out for special shoe related events, demonstrations, pamper nights and an amazing raffle!
For further information please visit the Southend Museums website.
Lunchtime Recorded Music
Date: 5th Mar 2013 - 10th Dec 2013
Location: Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue
Time: 12:45 - 13:45
Personal choices of music introduced and presented for your enjoyment!
Every Tuesday in the Council Chamber or a nominated Committee Room,
|19th March||Another Mixed Bag||John Overy|
|2nd April||Sheila's Selection No 1||Sheila Cooper|
|16th April||London Calling||John Downer|
|30th April||It's that man again (Part 1)||'Barney' Barnett|
|14th May||A Few of my Favourite Things||Joan Overy|
|28th May||Ivor's Choice No 45||Ivor Blankfield|
|11th June||The 1, 2, 3 of Jazz No 20||John Askew|
|25th June||A Family Royal||Anita Ellis|
|9th July||The Gershwin Songbook||Beryl Cannell|
|23rd July||Spread a Little Happiness||Arthur Perkins|
|3rd September||More of the 50s||Beryl Cannel & Ken Welch|
|17th September||Ivor's Choice No 46||Ivor Blankfield|
|1st October||The 1, 2, 3 of Jazz No 21||John Askew|
|15th October||Sheila's Selection No 2||Sheila Cooper|
|29th October||A Guide to Britten||John Downer|
|12th November||It's that man again (Part 2)||'Barney' Barnett|
|26th November||Music easy to listen to||Otto Deutsch|
|10th December||Your Christmas Selections||
Beat Surgeries at Leigh Library with Leigh Neighbourhood Policing Team
Date: 2nd Apr 2013 - 2nd Jul 2013
On this day every month
Location: Leigh Library
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Held on the first Tuesday of each month.
- 2nd April 2013 10:00 - 12:00
- 7th May 2013 10:00 - 12:00
- 4th June 2013 10:00 - 12:00
- 2nd July 2013 10:00 - 12:00
Leigh Library, Broadway West, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2DA, Telephone 01702 475929.
Internet Taster Sessions
Date: 9th Apr 2013 - 9th Jul 2013
Location: Friars Library
Time: 09:30 - 12:00
Sessions are held in each library once a month except during school holidays. Individual sessions last up to 45 minutes and must be booked.
All sessions are held between 9.30 and 12.00 on:
Eddie Peake ‘Video’
Date: 27th Apr 2013 - 13th Jul 2013
Location: Focal Point Gallery, Southend Central Library
Opening: Saturday 27th April 2013 between 2.00pm and 4.00pm Exhibition runs: 29th April to 13th July 2013
If Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a contentious reputation in the British psyche for being fierce and aggressive, in Essex they are known affectionately as 'nursery dogs' for their ability to guard young children. Their warmth towards people (it's been said that 'no breed is more loving with its family'), combined with their natural astuteness, could be seen to reconfigure preconceptions of intelligence, within the context of Southend-on-Sea, a town where 'Staffies' are the most commonly owned dog, an environment where loyalty and care pervades.
Water-cut from Michelangelo marble, Peake's Staffie Innately Fluent (all works 2013) stands proudly with its eyes and mouth cut to the shape of Mediterranean Gulls in flight, another creature that appears en masse at the end of Southend Pier, and which has adopted Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding Thames Estuary as its home. The dog's mouth glides straight towards the viewer, while each eye hurtles away from the other.
As a twin (Peake was born two minutes apart from his brother Lewis), the artist has a natural affinity with Chuka and Dubem Okonkwo, who grew up in the same area of north London as the artist. Peake has known Chuka and Dubem, The Islington Twins, since he was seventeen years old, and for this exhibition decided to present footage of both men positioned within Southend Central Library. In the work Tumult, featuring an HD video shot with a Canon 5D Mkii, the twins' similarity to one another constitutes an analogy for the fidelity of reproductions of reality, a characteristic which could be said to be typical of photography at large. They also appear to be a facsimile of one another, conjured by digital trickery, whilst in fact the video is an un-doctored truth.
Re-presentation, and an exchange of opposing, or even synchronic positions, is taken further and performed within the gallery in Peake's examination of the ethos of Berthold Lubetkin's early Modernist Tecton designs for Dudley, Whipsnade and London zoos. In the main gallery space, the artist has constructed an eight-foot high walled enclosure which shares an endeavour towards imposing a theatrical narrative on its inhabitants, in this case, the gallery's spectators. This structure contains the aforementioned footage of the twins, and is peered into by the huge and slightly absurd model giraffe - the concept design for which was created by Peake's twin Lewis - in a situation where an obvious reversal of spectatorship takes place between animal and human. In a wry but curious comment, any imposed theatricality enacts the opposite intention of Lubetkin; this is a situation where the act of viewing is put on display.
However, Peake's project is anything but a rumination on the perceived failure of Modernist architecture. Instead, it's an elaborate puzzle or optimistic historical and ideological Russian doll that situates one form of Modernist architecture within another via a contemporary performative twist. When seen within the context of the soon-to-be-emptied Brutalist building that Focal Point Gallery and Southend Central Library currently occupy (both organisations will move to another structure in late 2013), Peake's project is akin to the endearing vision of Tecton which, much like the collection of animals in a zoo, or the archive of books in a library, somehow continue to survive against all external forces.
For further information and images, please contact Laura Bowen, Focal Point Gallery Exhibition and Marketing Officer on 01702 534 108 / email@example.com / www.focalpoint.org.uk.
Eddie Peake 'Video' is generously supported by Arts Council England and Southend Borough Council.