"Thames Delta", curated by David Elvin. Barry Sinclair and Focal Point Gallery, reflects the growth, variety and development of popular music by those groups and individuals that have grown up or lived in the Southend-on-Sea, Canvey Island... Read More
Barry Sinclair and Focal Point Gallery, reflects the growth, variety and development of popular music by those groups and individuals that have grown up or lived in the Southend-on-Sea, Canvey Island and Basildon area since the late 1940s. The project will draw a time-line from the end of World War II and the opening of The Kursaal – Southend’s legendary amusement park, where Howard Baker and his band reigned for twenty-one years – to groups of the early twenty-first century such as These New Puritans and The Horrors. The project will put forward an audio-visual narrative of changing fashions in music, covering not only different performers, but the local venues that presented them. The town’s cinemas, theatres and hotels hosted the likes of Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong, Roy Orbison, The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers, while even a ship – sailing from Southend to Calais – became a mobile venue for rock ’n’ roll stars including The Shadows, Tony Sheridan, and Southend’s own Paramounts.
The main display at Beecroft Art Gallery will celebrate the vast array of musical success and talent that’s arisen from this small corner of Essex. Hit makers such as Procol Harum, Graham Bonney, Dr. Feelgood, Viv Stanshall, Yazoo and Depeche Mode. From musical stars Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen to international hit composers, Geoff Stevens and Mickey Jupp, to name just a few.
Taking place at the Beecroft Art Gallery and Focal Point Gallery, the exhibition will bring together a wide range of media, from contemporary artworks by practitioners such as Rick Buckley, Jeremy Deller and Nick Abrahams, Mat Do, Lucy Harrison and Scott King, to artist-philosophers with a passion for Northern Soul such as Ross Birrell, Simon Critchley, and Jonathan Dronsfield, to original archive material, including photographs, album sleeves, collages, posters and paintings, the latter of which includes a portrait of Dr Feelgood’s legendary front man Lee Brilleaux. Musical instruments and other relevant artefacts will also be displayed, such as a Greenop banjolele, manufactured at Norton Greenop’s