The Thames Delta Exhibition is a very important document to the profound effect that a small area has had on the World wide musical landscape. Many artists have submitted work to help illustrate this most dynamic of relationships.
A selection of Dean's photographs of Southend bands are on show at the Beecroft Art Gallery which runs from 7th April-16th June.
As you may already know Dean Chalkley hails from Southend and has a strong affinity with the area. The music scene in Southend, centred around Junk Club circa 2006 became the focus of Dean's photographic collection "Southend's Underground". During this period Dean shot many up-and-coming bands from the area including The Horrors, These New Puritans, Theoretical Girl, Neil's Children, Ipso Facto and more.
Split over two locations, The Thames Delta Exhibition celebrates the rich and varied musical heritage of Southend-on-Sea, Canvey Island and Basildon from the late 1940's to the present day. Naturally, Dean was approached by the organisers and submitted an array of images of the musical talent from this small corner of Essex.
Part one of the Exhibition is at The Focal Point Gallery and features works by contemporary artists including Ross Birrall, Matt Do and Scott King and runs from 16th April-30th June.
Part two, at The Beecroft Art Galley is an exhibition of ephemera and archive material relating to the rich musical history of the area. This is where Dean's images are located. Part two of The Thames Delta Exhibition at the Beecroft Galleryruns from 7th April-16th June.