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King & McGaw: The Turner Prize Edit - display at Port Hotel

Port Hotel

until December 2023

To celebrate the Turner Prize 2023 exhibition, special edition prints from King & McGaw’s Turner Prize Edit are on display at Port Hotel.


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The Poetry Café Eastbourne World Poetry Day Celebration

The Fisherman’s Club, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN22 7AA

7.00pm 21 March 2024

World Poetry Day is celebrated across the globe on 21 March every year. This year, The Poetry Café Eastbourne are joining forces with Eastbourne ALIVE's mission to promote participation in arts across mediums on the theme of ‘Artspeak’. The event will take place at The Fisherman’s Club on Eastbourne’s beautiful seafront on 21 March 2024 from 7.00pm, showcasing the works of invited poets, reading poetry inspired by art.


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Devonshire Collective presents Nadina Ali Love, Empathy, Respect, Dignity

Eastbourne Redoubt

30 September 2023 - 14 April 2024

Love, Empathy, Respect, Dignity is a newly commissioned public artwork by Nadina Ali, in collaboration with Devonshire Youth Collective and Sanctuary. Commissioned by Devonshire Collective in partnership with Eastbourne ALIVE, in celebration of the Turner Prize 2023.


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the blackShed gallery presents Liz Wilson OF CONFLUENCE - an Immersive Installation

234 Terminus Road

25 November 2023 - 10 December 2023

OF CONFLUENCE emerges as an ensemble of animations, sound and sculpture exploring the arterial route of a tidal river, namely the river Rother. In conceiving the work, Wilson was drawn to the subsequent bulges, spillages and blockages forming vast salt marshes creating transitions between land and sea. 


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The Big Conversation

Unit 20 (opposite New Look), The Beacon, Eastbourne BN21 3NW

21 November 2023 to 12 April 2024, 11.00am to 4.00pm

Situated in Eastbourne’s Beacon Shopping Centre, The Big Conversation, curated by Compass Arts, represents artists whose lives have been impacted by a myriad of social issues and structures.


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the blackShed gallery presents The Glass Box Project by Connie Ashford and Tilly-May O’Shea in collaboration with Robertsbridge Community College students

Eastbourne Pier

9 November - 10 December 2023

Two graduate art students, Connie Ashford and Tilly-May O’Shea, designed and delivered a series of workshops to the students at Robertsbridge Community College with guidance from Head of Arts, Kirsten Laundon, and artist Liz Wilson. This exhibition unveils exceptional work by the students, exploring the theme of ‘Is it Art?’ – a response to the Turner Prize 2023 exhibition at Towner Eastbourne.


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The Common Rooms

The Birley Centre, Eastbourne College, 4 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4EF

4 & 5 November 2023

The Common Rooms are inviting you to come and immerse yourself in a rich weekend of culture - hearing and learning from like-hearted human beings on what inspires and connects us, how we might live with each other and our environment more kindly and sustainably, and how creativity, art and nature can play their part in enriching and transforming our lives.


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London Philharmonic Orchestra Brass at The Huddle

Langney Shopping Centre, 64 Kingfisher Dr, Eastbourne BN23 7RT

Saturday 9 December 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Get your Christmas off to a magical start with live music from one of Britain’s finest orchestras here on our doorstep in Langney Shopping Centre in Eastbourne.


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Devonshire Collective presents Madeleine Pledge superstructure (public images)

Marine Parade Gardens

30 September 2023 - 14 April 2024

superstructure (public image), 2023, is a newly commissioned public artwork by Madeleine Pledge in Marine Parade Gardens. Commissioned by Devonshire Collective in partnership with Eastbourne ALIVE, in celebration of the Turner Prize 2023.


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Compass Arts: The Big Conversation Continues Film Screening

Towner Eastbourne Cinema

Sunday 3 March 11.00am, Free Admission

The Big Conversation continues with the screenings of two films by Compass Arts as part of Eastbourne ALIVE. Art Chose Me, by Rohan Van Twest and Pursuing the Interior, by Ebony Albana & Zephan Casini. Free Admission.


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Compass Arts: TEXTILE I’LLTEXT

Emma Mason Gallery, 21 Lushington Lane, Eastbourne, BN20 4LJ

Thu - Sat 11.00am - 4.00pm, 6 - 21 January 2024

The Big Conversation continues… with an exhibition of textile and weaving from the Compass textile group of artists. TEXTILE I’LLTEXT explores the use of text and the patterns of text that are implicit in the craft.


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Compass Arts present Walter BaileyVoid and Vessel

Decoy Drive, St Mary’s Parish Church, Hampden Park

11 October - 5 December 2023

As part of Eastbourne ALIVE, Compass Arts, The Parish of Hampden Park and the Hydneye present: Void and Vessel by Walter Bailey.


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Printmakers Council Inspired By

Emma Mason Gallery

7 October to 4 November, Thursdays to Saturdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm

“Inspired By” will celebrate the origins of the Printmakers Council, and demonstrate how printmaking techniques and ways of approaching the media has moved on in the past half-century.


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Maja Jones Come As You Are - Collage Portraits of Identity, Heritage, and Belonging - Cocktails & Collage at Port Hotel
Wednesday 6 December, 6.00pm to 8.00pm, £15 per person

Join artist Maja Jones for Cocktails and Collage at Port: Come As You Are - Collage Portraits of Identity, Heritage, and Belonging. Collage evening inspired by Barbara Walker’s ‘Burden of Proof’ Turner Prize nominated work at Towner Eastbourne.


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Paul Bartholomew, Paul Crocker & Stephen Johnston: worlds within...

Emma Mason Gallery, 21 Lushington Ln, Eastbourne BN21 4LJ

24 February - 3 March, Thursday - Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Artists Paul Bartholomew, Paul Crocker and Steve Johnston are presenting worlds within... an exhibition of works created in their joint printmaking studio. The works include techniques such as etching, embossing, block type, collagraphs, relief, monotype and digital print. The exhibition will open on Saturday 24 February 2024 at Emma Mason Gallery.


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Devonshire Collective presents Adam Moore Still life

Eastbourne Pier

30 September 2023 - 14 April 2024

Still life, 2023, is a newly commissioned public artwork by Adam Moore at the end of Eastbourne Pier. Commissioned by Devonshire Collective in partnership with Eastbourne ALIVE, in celebration of the Turner Prize 2023.


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Sophie Wright Meditation Pods

Various Locations

December 2023 - Spring 2024

Guided by artist Sophie Wright, young people aged 16 to 24 met weekly to mind-map creative ideas, meditate and holistically explore wellbeing and safe spaces. Through this process, three meditation pods were created to be placed across East Sussex locations for visitors to enjoy a reflective moment.


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Milton Hide, Ben Somers & Nick Ryan Your Stories in Song for The Big Conversation

The Vinyl Frontier, 35 Grove Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4TT

7.00pm Wednesday 7 February 2024

Compass Arts are warmly inviting you to an evening of music and storytelling at The Vinyl Frontier. Performances by Milton Hide, Ben Somers and Nick Ryan. Free entry. The programme starts at 7.00pm.


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Stuart Waters A Queer Collision

Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society

21 & 22 December 2023

A Queer Collision is a mash-up of private and historical queer stories that is both funny and poignant.


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Phoene Cave presents TRANSIT Eastbourne

Towner Eastbourne

2, 4, 7, 9 February 2024

Inspired by three days of experiential cross-arts collaboration hosted by Towner Eastbourne, lead artist Phoene Cave proposed transitioning these collective improvisations into the public facing non-gallery spaces during the Turner Prize 2023. These act as a response to Eastbourne ALIVE and East Sussex Art Partnership question of “Is it Art?”.


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Yanaëlle Thiran The Performance Path Turner Prize Route #1

Eastbourne Walking Festival

Sunday 1 October, 10.30am to 12.00pm, Free (booking required)

Join Eastbourne-based dance artist Yanaëlle Thiran for The Performance Path, a different kind of walking tour, originally created for Eastbourne Walking Festival 2022 and returning this September.


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Devonshire Collective presents Rottingdean Bazaar Existence Proof

VOLT Gallery, Eastbourne Pier

until 12 November 2023, Thursdays to Sundays, 11.00am to 5.00pm, Free Admission

Rottingdean Bazaar are artists James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks. Their work straddles creative direction, fashion design, video direction, installation, and fine art practice.


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Being Human

Gallery@42

30 September to 14 October

Being Human exhibition celebrates the complexities of the human experience.


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Flatland Projects presents Martyn Cross My Assembled Selves

Flatland Projects

until 5 November 2023, Free Admission

Flatland Projects is incredibly excited to present My Assembled Selves a solo exhibition by Bristol based Artist Martyn Cross.


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Grace Lau Portraits in a Chinese Studio

234 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3DE

9 – 25 February, Thu - Sun, 11.00am - 4.00pm

To celebrate Chinese New Year, artist Grace Lau invites you to get your FREE photo taken inside a reimagined 19th century Chinese portrait studio. 


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Artist Residency: Renee Vaughan Sutherland & Florence Wright at Motcombe Pool House

Motcombe Pool Carataker's House, 9 Motcombe Rd, Eastbourne BN211PU

19 January – 25 February 2024

Eastbourne ALIVE are thrilled to be working with Renee Vaughan Sutherland and Florence Wright as they take residency at Motcombe Pool Caretaker’s House as part of the wraparound programme. The project focuses on community engagement, youth voice, wellbeing and creativity in a space that is much-loved by the locals and will highly benefit of the animation of currently disused rooms. The residency concludes with an exhibition from 20 February until 25 Febraury 2024.


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Devonshire Collective presents Rottingdean Bazaar Skill Cut Winner

Eastbourne Pier Arcade

30 September 2023 - 17 December 2023

Skill Cut Winner, 2023, is a newly commissioned public artwork by Rottingdean Bazaar. Commissioned in partnership with Eastbourne ALIVE, in celebration of the Turner Prize 2023.


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Eastbourne ALIVE Walking Tours

Eastbourne Town Centre

Saturday 10, Saturday 17 & Saturday 24 February 2024

You asked, we listened - the popular Eastbourne ALIVE Walking Tours are back! Eastbourne is ALIVE with art and creativity waiting to be discovered. To accompany the Turner Prize 2023 exhibition at Towner, a series of works have been installed in the town as part of Eastbourne ALIVE.


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Judith Alder Vital Signs

The Beacon Shopping Centre

29 September to 11 November, Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 5.00pm, Free Admission

Artist Judith Alder will be celebrating the arrival of the prestigious Turner Prize award in town with her own exhibition, Vital Signs.


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Nathan Coley I Don’t Have Another Land

Eastbourne Library

27 September 2023 - 14 April 2024

I Don’t Have Another Land is a contemporary text sculpture by the internationally renowned and Turner Prize-shortlisted artist Nathan Coley.


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Michael Rakowitz The invisible enemy should not exist (Lamassu of Nineveh)

Towner Plaza

27 September 2023 to 14 April 2024

Michael Rakowitz is an Iraqi-American artist working at the intersection of problem-solving and trouble making. His work has appeared in venues worldwide and addresses the history of colonialismand extraction in Museums.


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Yanaëlle Thiran The Performance Path Short Route

Eastbourne Walking Festival

Sunday 24 September, 11.00am to 12.30pm, Free (booking required)

Join Eastbourne-based dance artist Yanaëlle Thiran for The Performance Path, a different kind of walking tour, originally created for Eastbourne Walking Festival 2022 and returning this September.


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Clare Somerville-Perkins Found

Emma Mason Gallery

23 - 24 September, 28 September - 1 October, 11.00am - 5.00pm

Found is Clare Somerville-Perkins' debut exhibition and features a selection of her letterpress and screen-printed one-off pieces and small editions.


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Yanaëlle Thiran The Performance Path Long Route

Eastbourne Walking Festival

Friday 22 September, 10.00am to 1.00pm, Free (booking required)

Join Eastbourne-based dance artist Yanaëlle Thiran for The Performance Path, a different kind of walking tour, originally created for Eastbourne Walking Festival 2022 and returning this September.


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