Eastbourne is ALIVE with art and creativity waiting to be discovered. To accompany the Turner Prize 2023 exhibition at Towner Eastbourne, a series of public artworks have been installed across the town as part of Eastbourne ALIVE, the wraparound project celebrating the contemporary art exhibition.
This December, people of all ages are being invited to join festive walking tours of the works to find out more about the artists and stories behind them. There will be three tours on three weekends in December, all led by the young ambassadors who are part of the pool of volunteers for Eastbourne ALIVE and Talent Accelerator, earning their work experience badges or gaining valuable insight into creative careers.
During the walking tours, participants will visit works including 2019 Turner Prize winner Helen Cammock’s Garden stretching across Eastbourne’s Winter Garden. The title is a reference both to the building itself and the layers of history and culture that root it within the town; a place where people have come together, and communities have grown.
Nathan Coley was shortlisted for Turner Prize in 2007 and his text sculpture I Don’t Have Another Land can be found on the façade of Eastbourne Library, inviting audiences to look again at the world around us, and ultimately, ourselves.
On Terminus Road, participants will have the chance to visit several installations, one of which is Eve De Haan’s It’s nicer to be nice, a healing garden, an inclusive space, encouraging audiences to reflect on wellbeing and what it means to them.
The invisible enemy should not exist (Lamassu of Nineveh) is a majestic work by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz. Originally commissioned for the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square in London, it now stands guard on Towner Plaza. It’s a powerful reconstruction of the winged bull that used to stand at the Nergal Gate, northern Iraq, from 700 B.C until February 2015, when ISIS destroyed it.
In addition to these major works, the tour will stop at exciting public space interventions commissioned by Eastbourne ALIVE delivery partners: from a family amusement arcade intervention by Rottingdean Bazaar on Eastbourne Pier to a compelling mural by Nadina Ali at the Eastbourne Redoubt seafront.