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Monday 20 July 2020

Towner International: Inaugural Biennial Exhibition Held In Sussex Features Artists Living & Making Locally

Towner International is a new biennial exhibition of contemporary art that will take place for the first time at Towner Eastbourne from 6th October 2020 to 10th January 2021. 
Ayo Akingbade, Dear Babylon, 2019

The exhibition features artists living and making locally in Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, as well as those working and exhibiting nationally and internationally. 

Following an open call, twenty-four artists have been selected by apanel including Polly Staple (Director of Collection, British Art, Tate), Turner Prize nominated artist Mike Nelson, and Noelle Collins (Curator, Towner Eastbourne).

Joe Hill, Director, Towner Eastbourne, said: 

"We had a great reception to the open call for Towner International and the quality and range of submissions has been really impressive. 

"Connecting the work of those living and working in our region with those creating globally will be a really exciting starting point to curate a major exhibition for our galleries this Autumn."

Towner International 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. 

These 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 environmental destruction and devastation. 

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.

The Brewers Award of £10,000, sponsored by Brewers Decorator Centres, will be given to one of the exhibiting artists along with mentoring from the Towner team. 

Noelle Collins, Curator, Exhibitions and Offsite, Towner Eastbourne, added:

"Towner's location on England's South Coast has been at the core of the gallery's identity for almost a century and we wanted to work with artists who have made work in some way reflective of this, allowing us to draw together viewpoints on landscape, borders, migration, environment and identity." 

Towner International takes place at Towner Eastbourne from 6th October 2020 to 10th January 2021. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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