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Focal Point Gallery – Pecuilar People Exhibition


Including artworks and archival material from Access Credit Card, Alan Kane, Jeremy Deller, Dan Mitchell and Simon Periton, Alan Sorrell, Alfred Hitchcock, Ashingdon Colony, Basildon New Town, Bata International, Caspar Heinemann, Cedric Price, Christian Nyampeta, Colin Ward, Dial House, Dunton Plotlands, Eduardo Paolozzi, Essex Wildlife Trust, Gloria Jackson, Graham Burnett, Hadleigh Farm Colony, Hammer Prints Ltd., Hannah Black, Henri Chopin, Ken Worpole, Laindon Labour Colony, Lina Lapelyte, Margaret Thatcher, Mayland Colony, Milly Thompson, Nigel Henderson, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, Osea Temperance Society, Othona Community, Purleigh Colony, Roderic Barrett, Ronald Reagan, Silver End Woman’s Institute, Silver End, Southend Libertarian and Anarchist Broadsheet (SLAB), Spiralseed, The Peculiar People, Wickford Colony and many more.

‘The Peculiar People’ is an exhibition and event series tracing the history of ideological and social-political communal living experiments throughout the 20th Century to the present day. These include the pioneering industrial worker estates at East Tilbury and Silver End, as well as the many alternative ideological communities such as the Tolstoy-inspired anarcho-naturist colonies; each revealing Essex as a place where utopias were imagined, traditional ways of living were challenged and revolutionary politics, art, architecture and literature were born and flourished.

Focal Point Gallery’s main exhibition space will feature an extensive archival display speculating on alternative living experiments from the late 1800s to the 1980s, alongside visual art, architecture, design and literature that relate to these counter-cultural histories. The gallery’s second space will house an installation by the artist Christian Nyampeta. This will give a framework to an evolving radical library and dynamic programme of performances, permaculture experiments, readings and public discussions

which extend, question and re-examine modes of non-conformity within a wider cultural and political context.

The exhibition culminates with a shift from socialist-focused agricultural developments to the growth of the financial sector in the East End of London and Britain’s first credit card company establishing itself in Southend-on-Sea. This shifting landscape is explored through the inclusion of Cedric Price’s 1972 model of an unrealised proposal for a lightweight pneumatic roof over the pedestrian shopping area of the town’s High Street.

Talks and Events:

16 April, 7:00 pm
The exhibition will open with artist Lina Lapelyte’s (LH), Ladies, 2015, a performance-concert featuring four women from the Lietuva ensemble.

28 April, 7:00 pm
Artist and writer Caspar Heinemann (UK) will read from their ever-evolving, pastoral poem Good Health & Safety 2015 – ongoing.

12 May, 7:00 pm
Ken Worpole (UK) writes on architecture, landscape, planning, design, and social history. In this talk, Worpole provides an overview of the nonconformist impulse in the Essex landscape (and its forms of settlement), and asks how this impulse fares today.

Visit the website for further information.

Event Invitation: Coaching for Resilience webinar series‏

coaching webinar

Thursday June 2 at 1pm.

This webinar series explores how coaching conversations can support resilience in clients. It is suitable for all practitioners who use coaching conversations in their work. It involves four webinars of 60 mins each at fortnightly intervals at 1pm UK time, starting on June 2nd 2016.

Drawing on Positive Psychology, narrative perspectives and advances in neuroscience, we will explore how to help our clients develop their resilience toolkit of strategies, strengths, resources and insights. We will look at how to cultivate resilience through drawing attention to choice-points, perspectives and practices that can improve outcomes when facing difficult situations. For more information, see the short video on You-Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eInLWIt78Sc

You can find out more about the webinar series, and book, on the Association for Coaching website at http://www.associationforcoaching.com/pages/events/webinars/coaching-resilience


Or see the facebook event for more information.

[Cucumber & Cricket Soup: the one with the spectacles] Hi everyone! Next soup is approaching fast….‏

Sunday May 22 at 3-6pm at Southendian Manor Youth Football Club.

Hi everyone! Next soup is approaching fast. Please get your ticket if you are coming so we have enough food for all (and not too much left over – it’s harder to get rid of than you might think!0https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cucumber-cricket-soup-micro-…

The next Southend Soup micro-funding event is hosted by Southendian Football Club; at the back of Garons Leisure Centre in Southend. At soup events, people…

See the facebook page for more information.

Event Invitation: Beach Clean And Social BBQ‏

green action

Saturday July 9 at 12pm at Shoeburyness East Beach.

A Summer Social and Vegetarian and Vegan BBQ with a short beach clean before,

Bring food to add to the bbq
Children welcome
We need:
Two BBQ’s, one for vegetarian food one for vegan
Musicial insturments
Rugs to sit on

See the facebook page for further details.

[Leigh Folk Festival – 25th Anniversary] Today we launch our Crowdfunder campaign to raise…‏

Today we launch our Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to put on‪#‎LeighFolk16‬ and future events.

Leigh Folk Festival has been free for the last 25 years, and we intend on keeping it that way. As the years have gone on, Leigh Folk Festival has grown and the costs of putting on a large scale event have increased.

We are looking to raise £5,000 in 35 days, to maintain the quality and diversity that Leigh Folk Festival so passionately embraces. In return we’ve come up with a number of reward packages to say thanks for supporting this great community event. After all, we would be nothing without your continued support.

Check out the rewards:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leighfolkfestival ‪#‎ThankFolkForYourSupport‬

Leigh Folk Festival's photo.
Visit the facebook page for more information also.

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016‏

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The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016!

We’re pleased to announce that the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is returning with £350,000 to distribute to community groups across the UK this summer.

It’s part of the continued commitment from M&S Energy to enable more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.

Over 136 projects entered in the competition last year, generating over 52,000 votes in a close-run campaign, resulting in 21 project winners from around Great Britain benefiting from our fund.

Ed Davey, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, joined River Cottage founder Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a panel of experts to decide on the 5 additional judges’ discretion prizes.

There’s £12,500 up for grabs in each M&S region across Great Britain to use towards the installation of a renewable technology and generate energy for your community building.

Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

What do I need to do to apply?
Applications open online next week, and you have until 31st May 2016 to tell us all about your project to be in with a chance to win funding.
A tip to support your application preparation:

  1. Make sure Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights has been approved prior to application
  2. You will need to submit cost quotes from your installer so have this document ready to upload

Find out more.


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