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Monday 01 July 2024

Ambitious Cultural Project For Sussex Reveals Wide-Ranging Impact For Artists Young People and Wider Community

Eastbourne ALIVE was an ambitious cultural programme coinciding with Towner Eastbourne hosting Turner Prize 2023 which presented partnerships, exhibitions and community projects all aimed at providing long lasting cultural change in the town. 
Credit Phoebe Wingrove

The project, the first of its kind funded by Arts Council England, encompassed a wide-ranging programme, including the reanimation of underused spaces through public art, dance and music events as well as school visits to Towner Eastbourne, community events, screenings, commissions and exhibitions.

Over 385 events, exhibitions, performances and workshops took place between June 2023 and April 2024

An estimated nearly 200,000 visitors came to Eastbourne as a result of the Turner Prize and Eastbourne ALIVE 

More than 20 high profile public arts commissions from international names from Helen Cammock to Michael Rakowitz were placed across the town on the seafront, outside Towner Eastbourne, on Eastbourne Pier and in community spaces and cafes  - and explore the notion of a modern-day monument. 

These works were viewed by over 12,500,000 people, either in person or online 

A total of over 20,000 hours of art engagement opportunities were made available for young people and the wider community 

Over 300 artists locally, nationally and internationally took part, with further creatives involved in making the work, supported by nearly 100 volunteers 

Over 100 work and volunteering placements were provided for young people in Sussex 

Sarah Dance, Project Director, Eastbourne ALIVE, said: 

"An enormous thank you to the thousands of people who we collaborated with to drive this project to fruition during the Turner Prize period. 

"We are proud of all that has been achieved over the last few months From international artists showing work in unique places across the town, to the hundreds of young people who visited the gallery, did work experience or took part in our "manifesto moment" at the town hall, it was a once in a lifetime moment and opportunity for us all."

Eastbourne ALIVE was from the beginning a programme that linked explicitly to the creative health agenda and sought to understand the positive impacts of creativity on individual or community wellbeing.

by: Mike Cobley




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