Focal Point Gallery is an essential resource for local schools and the education sector through its engagement with contemporary art and its exploration of ideas and artistic processes.

Focal Point Gallery offers a variety of strategies for working with schools, including partnership working on projects, school visits to the gallery and packs to be used in the classroom. Projects led by Focal Point Gallery’s Learning and Engagement Curator and its artist-tutors aim to broaden pupils’ understanding of what can constitute an artwork or exhibition, and to encourage pupil collaboration. In these sessions, children can try out new skills, explore new materials, and develop their critical abilities in an encouraging and open atmosphere.

Focal Point Gallery’s participation with schools reaches a wide range of young people, teachers and support staff in Southend-on-Sea and south Essex, as well as offering opportunities for artists to develop their professional profile and experience.

For further information, or to book a schools workshop, gallery tour or a place on one of our art clubs, please contact Sharon Byrne on 01702 534148, or email

Schools Day Writing Fountain Wednesday 22 March
FPG Project Space

A day of artist-led workshops, combining exhibition tour, creative writing and sculptural activities. For more information and to book your group, please email

Schools Day Digital Workshops Friday 16 June
FPG Digital Learning Space

Taking place in Focal Point Gallery's Digital Learning Space, the half day workshops will offer hands on experience learning about camera techniques, capturing content and an introduction to editing.Led by
14-18 NOW the sessions will reference Poppies: Wave by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Barge Pier, Gunners Park, Shoeburyness.