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Tuesday 30 November 2021

New Podcast Exploring Personal Responses To Towner Eastbournes Collection Through A Queer Lens Launches

This year, 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. 
Credit Rosie Powell

The results of this project are a new podcast series which launches in late November and can be heard on all the popular podcast platforms as well as at 
Working with artist Renee Vaughan Sutherland, participants came together in a series of group sessions to view and discuss a selection of artworks, chosen by Renee, by artists such as Frances Hodgkins, Patricia Preece and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Exploring successive themes of the body, the body in landscape and queer narratives in the Collection, the group shared the thoughts, associations, and connections that each of these artworks inspired.

Participants were then encouraged to select an artwork(s) that personally resonated, and following a period of research and reflection, were invited to return to Towner to discuss their selected artwork(s), in conversation with Renee.

The resulting conversations form Collectively, a series of eight podcast episodes that open up the Towner Collection for others, through memories, emotions and experiences of queerness.

Those who took part in the workshops and making the podcast included: Harry McMorrow, Vicki Norman, Andrea Mindel, Flo Wright, Eva Jonas, Emily Love, David Harris, John Manuell, Stephen Deutz and Matthew Davies.

In her artist practice, Renee works with the gaze's sculpting potential of gender and sexual identity, using film, performance and expanded cinema. 

Renee is passionate about equality within the creative industries and founded Greater than 11%, a small agency promoting creative careers and shouting about incredible creative women and non-binary folk. 

On the project Renee said: 

"Working with Towner Eastbourne and members of East Sussex's queer community was a delight. 

"The project connected me with people in the present but also in the past and has been instrumental in developing my thinking and art practice."

An exhibition curated by members of the Collectively community of works from the Towner Collection will take place in Summer 2022 at Towner Eastbourne.

by: Mike Cobley

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