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>.

'Start' Project

From September 2017 to July 2020, Focal Point Gallery will host a series of artist-led workshops for children ages 8 to 11 years. Three schools will make up to six visits each per year, referencing FPG’s exhibition and offsite programme.

Considering the philosophies and working methods of the artists as the starting point for inspiration, aspiration and discussion, practical sessions will combine hands-on, digital activities and public screenings.

An annual event held at Focal Point Gallery, showing the children’s work on Big Screen Southend will celebrate the achievements and bring together families, schools, staff and pupils.

'Start' Celebration Day Tuesday 26 June 2018

The first of three annual events showing an overview of artwork produced during artist led workshops at Focal Point Gallery from September 2017 to June 2018. On Big Screen Southend, a video collage will celebrate the voices of 360 children.