Towner spokeswoman Nicola Jeffs talks you through the exhibitions coming up:
BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection, until September 6. Caroline Lucas – politician, cultural advocate and environmental campaigner – has curated her first-ever exhibition for Towner audiences. Selecting from the 5000 works in Towner’s collection, Caroline’s choices reflect and resonate with her passions and her interests, from her environmental work, the impact of climate change and its effects on our landscape, to her love of living in Sussex. Caroline will include works from the collection by Jonathan Monk, Tirzah Garwood, Tania Kovats, David Jones and Clare Richardson and has included a manifesto wall for visitors to leave their own thoughts on the environment.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan: This whole time there were no landmines, until September 18. Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a Turner Prize-winning artist based in Beirut whose work looks into the political effects of listening, using various kinds of audio to explore its effects on human rights and law. Recently acquired by Towner, This whole time there were no landmines (2017) is an eight-monitor installation with sound that uses collected cell-phone-video footage from 2011 to document a ‘shouting valley’ that lies in the contested area of the Golan Heights, Syria.
Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works, until September 20. A major exhibition of early works by Alan Davie (1920-2014) and David Hockney (b 1937) will explore the convergence between the two major figures of post-war British painting. The exhibition brings together around 45 paintings, collages and drawings by Davie and Hockney, spanning from 1948-1965. Early Works traces the parallel paths of these key figures of post-war British painting and reveal shared preoccupations with passion, love, sex and poetry as their work oscillated between figuration and abstraction.
Art, Life and Us: Christine Binnie, Jennifer Binnie and the Towner Collection, September 19 2020-May 16 2021. Christine Binnie and Jennifer Binnie have a long-standing connection with the Eastbourne area and grew up in Wannock. They spent formative years attending Eastbourne College of Art and Design 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). Along with Wilma Johnson, the sisters are founding members of The Neo Naturists, a performance art collective which evolved in the early 1980s in London. In this Towner exhibition, which they will curate, Christine and Jennifer will use their own work to complement pieces chosen from Towner’s collection.
Towner International, October 6 2020-January 10 2021. Towner International is a major new biennial exhibition of contemporary art that will feature British and International artists. Artists have been chosen from an open call submission and an esteemed panel of guest judges will select artists for the inaugural exhibition.
John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace, May 1-September 26 2021, tickets on sale in September 2020. Often overshadowed by his better-known brother Paul Nash and with no major exhibition of his work since the Royal Academy’s exhibition in 1967, this will be the largest outing for John Nash in more than 50 years and certainly the most substantial retrospective since his death.
Nash was one of a small number of artists who were Official War Artists in both the first and second world wars.
Despite his lack of training, he achieved great respect and was held in high regard by his contemporaries, particularly for his production of one of the greatest paintings of WWI, Over the Top, 1918, in the Imperial War Museum Collection.
A full winter 2020-2021 announcement for the Towner programme will be made in early autumn.
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