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Engage East Area Group Meeting

Monday 12 March 2018, 1-4pm
Focal Point Gallery, Southend 

This meeting will explore the theme of ‘locality’, with two case studies from the eastern region.

Project Manager Matt Nightingale will introduce New Geographies, a 3-year project commissioning site specific artworks around the East of England in partnership with 9 regional Museums & Galleries.

Sharon Byrne, Learning and Engagement Curator at Focal Point Gallery, will present 

their learning programme and talk about the specificities of working in Southend.

The meeting will be an opportunity to meet with colleagues from the east, to share practice and research and to engage in discussion about developing programmes with local constituents in response to specific sites and situations in the eastern region.

There will be an opportunity to visit the exhibitions ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ Paul Anthony Harford and ‘Caprona’ Alexandra Leykauf and hear from Hayley Dixon, Interim Director, about plans for new artist studios and Twenty One, a new cultural venue curated by Focal Point Gallery, located on Southend’s seafront.

Full programme:

1:00-1.10pm    Arrival and registration

1:10-1:15pm    Welcome and introduction from Nell Croose Myhill

1:15-1:45pm    Matt Nightingale

1:45-2:00pm    Questions and responses

2:00-2:30pm    Sharon Byrne

2:30-2.45pm    Questions and responses

2:45-3:45pm    Group discussion

3:45-4:00pm    Round-up and next meeting

To book or request further information contact East Area Rep Nell Croose Myhill on N.CrooseMyhill@uea.ac.uk


About the speakers:


Matt Nightingale


Matt Nightingale is a London-based Arts Project Manager, Producer and creative practitioner.

Following studies in Fine Art (Sculpture) & Exhibition Design, he has spent the last 15 years facilitating exhibition making in both public and private galleries, including Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Hayward Gallery, London and Carroll / Fletcher, London as well as overseeing many international projects. 

As a freelance project manager Matt has worked with artists of international standing to create public projects in unusual spaces and places. He is a passionate advocate of art in the public realm having worked with the ECVAN network for New Geographies, Folkestone Triennial, Southbank Centre, Art Angel and Ikon Gallery’s Offsite programme, to bring ambitious public projects to fruition.




Sharon Byrne


At Focal Point Gallery, I have developed a series of activities, events and one-off projects to engage people of all ages in current debates around contemporary art. Having grown up in Southend, I am proud to be working in an organisation which brings the local, national and international into context. Events that form an introduction to the philosophies and practice of contemporary visual artists in the exhibitions and offsite programme offer a starting point for inspiration, aspiration and discussion in the community. During my time at FPG, I have been able to realise a trajectory of engagement for the very young through to adulthood. Artist-led workshops, family activities, children's art clubs, Young Artists' groups, Arts Awards (Discover through to Gold), Home Ed sessions, student tours, schools' projects, artists' talks and a developing volunteer scheme offer support at the various stages in creative pathways and beyond.

Travel & Directions:

Focal Point Gallery
The Forum
Elmer Square
Essex SS1 1NB

Area Group Meetings are free of charge to Engage members, and members from any region are invited to attend. Non-members are welcome to attend one 'taster' meeting for an entrance fee of £5 (non-members who have attended a meeting before please contact Engage)


Posted on 2 March 2018

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