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Projects Banana Sharks
Ongoing

Creative sessions developed in collaboration with Willingdon Trees to deliver monthly artist-led sessions promoting positive mental health through creativity for young people.


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Projects Towner and Eastbourne ALIVE: Give it Some Oomph! Programme
Ongoing

Towner and Eastbourne ALIVE have collaborated to deliver bespoke visits to Turner Prize 2023 and artist-led workshops in schools.


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Listen Lothar Götz's Dance Diagonal Playlist

Listen to a curated playlist by artist Lothar Götz, who created the joyful public artwork Dance Diagonal on Towner's exterior, and has this year collaborated with us to publish a book about its impact across the town.


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Listen Turner Prize Audio Guide

Listen to audio descriptions about the Turner Prize Welcome Space and each of the Turner Prize exhibitions. For blind and visually impaired visitors.


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Projects The Findings

Shinewater and Langley


10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 October, Wednesday 1, Saturday 4 November

Join us for a series of archaeological digs happening across Langney and Shinewater. Come for an hour, or all four days.


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Projects Give it some Oomph!
November 2022 - July 2023

Towner Eastbourne has partnered with The Turing School and artist Richard Phoenix to develop a student resource, launching for Turner Prize 2023 at Towner.


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Listen Nwando Ebizie’s Barbara Hepworth Playlist: Circular Paths – A Hepworth Journey

Listen to a curated Barbara Hepworth-inspired playlist by multidisciplinary artist Nwando Ebizie. You’ll find 18 songs by musicians and composers including Handel, Pharoah Sanders, Björk, Carpenters and Caterina Barbieri.


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Read TOWNER 100 ⁠— Glossary

In the text panels and labels for our TOWNER 100 exhibitions you will find a glossary of words that are often associated with a collection of artworks. The words help describe what a collection is, how artworks come into a collection and some of the actions used when looking after artworks.


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Projects Fragile Lands
October 2022 to July 2023

De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) and Towner Eastbourne are working together to programme holiday activities for families. We are collaborating to deliver an artistic programme for four artists to develop their socially engaged practice across the current academic year.


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Projects Future Collect
2022-2023

Throughout 2023 Towner Eastbourne is partnering with iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) for the third and final year of Future Collect, a project that will reimagine the future of public collections to better reflect our culturally diverse society.


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Listen Ramona Ponzini frogs.picus.VANNA
15 October 2022 to 22 January 2023

Listen to frogs.picus.VANNA, a sound work by Italian sound artist Ramona Ponzini that will be availlable online for the duration of Brewers Towner International (15 October 2022 to 22 January 2023).  


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Listen Ayo Akingbade Duette Playlist

Listen to a curated playlist by the artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade of 20 songs by musicians including Sade, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan and Grace Jones, which inspired the works shown in Duette - an exhibition at Towner until 22 January 2023.


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Read Benny Rakoczi and Kenneth Hall by Chris Rakoczi
12 September 2022

Chris Rakoczi, grandson of Benny, describes the somewhat tumultuous artistic lives of the couple, who together founded the White Stag Group, interested in “holding the conscious world in voluntary abeyance.”


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Projects Acts of Transfer
May 2022

In a half-day workshop, artist Katy Beinart and writer Lizzie Lloyd spoke through some of the issues raised within their current project Acts of Transfer. They were joined by Beverley Bennett and Benjamin A Owen, both working in engaged practice as artists and filmmakers. Together they hosted an afternoon inviting artists to experience the ‘working out’ of these questions together.


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Projects Open Plan
August 2022

Forty-eight artists based in Sussex and Kent have been selected via an open call to come together over four weeks to share space, ideas and processes and support each other in generating new artworks.


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Resources Rita Evans Home Harps

In celebration of Rita Evans’ installation Tuning in a Vacuum Towner has rereleased our at-home learning resource. The activity sheet was originally designed with Rita in October 2020.


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Projects HAF: Sowing the Seed
July to August 2022

Supported by the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) project, Towner has partnered with GROW Eastbourne to provide creative artist-led activities around nature, food and community connection for children and young people on Free School Meals.


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Projects Wriggle Room
Ongoing, term-time only

Collaborative, creative sessions every Tuesday during term time, working with Willingdon Trees Community Centre and Towner to develop activities for Early Years groups and their carers across Eastbourne.


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Watch In-conversation: Jananne Al-Ani, Michael Rakowitz and Rijin Sahakian
26 April 2022

Watch artists Jananne Al-Ani and Michael Rakowitz in discussion with the writer and arts organiser Rijin Sahakian in a conversation exploring the transnational threads linking their work and past and present Iraqi art and culture.  


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Eileen Mayo
by Philomena Epps

Philomena Epps discusses the portrayal of the female form in Eileen Mayo's work.


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Next Chapters
by Chris Fite-Wassilak

Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grantee Chris Fite-Wassilak writes on the unseen and the unwritten, considering how this spring might be different to the last.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 8
4 March 2022

On this week's episode, Renee and private collectors John and David discuss pieces by John Minton and Kathleen Walne.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 7
18 February 2022

On this week's episode, Renee and Flo Wright discuss pieces by John Minton and Paul Graham.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 6
4 February 2022

On this week's episode, Renee and Emily Love return to Three Graces by Phelan Gibb as well as taking a look at Portrait of Constant Lambert by Christopher Wood. 


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Staging Gestures
by Melissa Gordon

Melissa Gordon writes on the meaning of the gesture and the inspiration behind her work in this extract from the upcoming book 'Acts of Painting'


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Listen Collectively: Episode 5
21 January 2022

On this week's episode, Renee and Andrea Mindel explore Figure on an Orange Background by Brett Whiteley and we return again to Margaret Benecke's mysterious Interior with Figure.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 4
7 January 2022

On this week's episode, Renee and Harry/Harriet explore works by Phelan Gibb and the little-known, Eastbourne-based artist, Margaret Benecke.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 3
24 December 2021

This episode, a conversation between Renee and technician Eva Jonas, exploring works by Victor Pasmore and Keith Vaughan.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 2
10 December 2021

In this episode, Renee talks to Vicky Norman, a language teacher, about Wilfrid Avery's Counterpoint, 1976 and Tom Hammick's Swimmer, 2016.


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Listen Collectively: Episode 1
26 November 2021

In this first episode, Renee explores the Towner Collection, talks to curators Karen Taylor and Sara Cooper about how the Collection came to be, and deep dives into three paintings that really captured her attention during the Collectively sessions.


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Listen Collectively: a LGBTQIA+ podcast
New episodes every two weeks from 26 November 2021

Over Summer 2021, Towner Eastbourne invited members of the LGBTQIA+ community in East Sussex to take part in a unique creative project, exploring personal responses to artworks in the Towner Collection, through a queer lens. 


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Projects England's Creative Coast Engagement Programme
May to November 2021

Running in parallel to England’s Creative Coast’s Waterfronts commission for Eastbourne, an accompanying community programme spanning digital, offsite and open-air deliveries, was led by artist Amy Leung.


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Resources Making Sense: Autumn

Following the success of Making Sense – our most recent series of creative kit bags, produced in partnership with the South Downs National Park and inspired by nature, seasonal cycles, and natural materials, we’ve commissioned artist Somang Lee to continue the fun and produce two special Summer & Autumn editions of these activity sheets.


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Resources Making Sense: Summer

Following the success of Making Sense – our most recent series of creative kit bags, produced in partnership with the South Downs National Park and inspired by nature, seasonal cycles, and natural materials, we’ve commissioned artist Somang Lee to continue the fun and produce two special Summer & Autumn editions of these activity sheets.


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Watch TALKING LOUD: Le Gateau Chocolate and Scottee

With a mix of skill, experience, humour, and critique, Scottee and Le Gateau Chocolat reflect on their respective routes into theatre and performance, what they love about the industry, and how to sustain creative, personal, and financial resilience within the crisis that performing artists currently face.


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Watch TALKING LOUD: Amanda Parker and Jenny Williams

Amanda Parker (Founder and Director of Inc Arts UK) and Jenny Williams (Director of Revoluton and Towner Trustee) explore the challenges and opportunities in creating a more inclusive and diverse creative arts sector.


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Resources Sense Your Way
Spring 2021

Sense Your Way is a guide for experimental art practice for young people.  It is designed to be printed at A4 and can be downloaded and printed in either black and white or colour. There are two resources for teachers with more information about the project and how to use them in school.


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Watch TALKING LOUD: Michael Wolff in conversation with Joe Hill

In this exploratory online talk particularly for those in the Creative Industries or looking to enter this field of study or work, Michael Wolff, founder of Wolff Olins, and Joe Hill, Towner Director, discuss the idea of ‘being’ in the contemporary moment. 


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Resources Making Sense: Spring

In response to COVID-19, Towner partnered with the South Downs National Park on an exciting project that continues the success of our creative kit bags with a new series inspired by our local landscape.


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Watch TALKING LOUD: Helen Cammock and Tai Shani

In this reflective online talk, Helen Cammock and Tai Shani discuss their experiences as visual artists, including developing and maintaining their practice in the current climate and activating collaborations with and supporting peer networks.


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Projects Pause: A Response to Berwick Church
Autumn 2020

As part of the Saving Berwick project in 2021, Arts in Mind made artwork in response to the murals, interior and landscape surrounding Berwick Church. Arts in Mind meet weekly at Towner Eastbourne and make artwork alongside each other in a studio setting to support positive mental health.


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Resources Making Sense: Winter

In response to COVID-19, Towner partnered with the South Downs National Park on an exciting project that continues the success of our creative kit bags with a new series inspired by our local landscape.


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Projects Creative Kit Bags
2020-2021

During the national lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Food Bank and Community Stuff provided a lifeline to vulnerable households, ensuring that help was delivered to those most in need.


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Projects Arts in Mind
Ongoing

Arts in Mind meet weekly at the gallery. They make artwork in a supported studio setting, and nurture positive mental health. The group have been meeting and making since 2009 and are currently facilitated by Ella Hempsted and Michaela Ross. During sessions members work alongside each other on their own projects, and also experiment with making work together. 


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