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Tuesday 29 September 2020

Art Life & Us: Towner International Contemporary Art Biennial Brings Artistic Answers To Modern Dilemmas To The Heart Of Sussex

Towner International - Eastbourne's Towner's inaugural contemporary art biennial - hopes to address how artistic communities are recording and responding to the economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes that are unfolding across the world today. 


The above themes will be explored through work in a wide range of mediums from photography and moving image to sculpture, installation, ceramics, painting and print.

Video works reflecting on the geo-political situation in Iraq and textiles reworking ideas of colonial photography will sit alongside reflections on diasporic cultural displacement, memory, trauma and the human impact on the environment. 

Notions of identity, community, collaboration and time are also threaded through Towner International, addressing these themes from both a global and domestic socio-political viewpoint. 

Art, Life and Us: Christine Binnie, Jennifer Binnie and the Towner Collection

Christine Binnie and Jennifer Binnie have a long-standing connection with the Eastbourne area and grew up in Wannock, they spent formative years in Eastbourne, which firmly established their identities as artists. 

They have both developed a strong connection to the rural and downland landscape which has influenced their work in performance art, pottery (Christine) and painting (Jennifer). 

The first Towner Collection exhibition guest-curated by artists, Art, Life and Us guides the visitor on a journey which reflects on and embraces our place in this changing world, exploring themes of nature, the body and the meaning and cycles of life. 

Works from Towner's Collection intertwine with new artworks and interventions by the Binnies, including ceramics and objects arranged to imitate the artists' personal collections and a moving image installation comprising of woodland materials set amongst painted wall murals.  

Come and see Lothar Götz Dance Diagonal bathed in Autumnal seaside light 

German artist Lothar Götz transformed the exterior walls of the gallery with the large-scale, colourful geometric artwork, Dance Diagonal in 2019. 

It's now the biggest outdoor mural in the UK and can be seen from the South Downs. 

Towner are pleased to announce the mural will stay in situ until 2021. 

Visitors will be able to see the exhibitions socially distanced from others and subject to government guidelines. See more here.

by: Mike Cobley




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