Sussex Open 2018 + The Eastbourne Arts Circle Commission Award

Towner’s Sussex Open exhibition brings together the best artists from across East and West Sussex, offering a unique opportunity to view works by artists at every level of their career, from new talent to established figures.

Artists who have previously exhibited work in our Open exhibition have gone on to be selected for John Moore’s Painting Prize, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the BFI Film Festival in the experimental film category and have been shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize.

Sussex Open FAQs
Deadline: Monday 30 April
Sussex Open application form

If you have any queries please email

The Eastbourne Arts Circle Commission Award

This year we’re introducing a new initiative alongside our annual Sussex Open. The award has been kindly sponsored by Eastbourne Arts Circle and aims to support the creation of a new artwork. This award is open across a wide range of forms including (but not limited to) film, painting, photography, sculpture and installation.

The selected proposal will receive an award of up to £1000 to develop their project which will then be presented as part of the Sussex Open exhibition.

The Eastbourne Arts Circle Commission Award FAQs
Deadline: Monday 30 April
Sussex Open Commission Award application form

If you have any queries please email

Sussex Open 2018 Selectors

Jenny Lund is the Curator of Fine Art at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove. She has previously worked as Curator at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen and as Assistant Curator of British Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. Jenny studied art history and theory at Columbia University and Copenhagen University. She has curated numerous exhibitions including the current show ‘ARTIST ROOMS: Gilbert & George’ at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Jenny recently received the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award and is working on developing a collection of experimental moving image works for the museum.

Tom Hammick is a British painter and printmaker, based in East Sussex and London, UK. He studied art history at Manchester University (1982-85), and Camberwell School of Art, London (1987-92) gaining a degree in Fine Art and an MA in Printmaking. He is currently senior lecturer in Fine Art, Painting & Printmaking at University of Brighton. He was the winner of the V&A Prize at the International Print Biennale, Newcastle, UK in 2016. Hammick has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum, V&A, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Deutsche Bank, Yale Centre for British Art, and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions at Towner Art GalleryBrian Cass is Head of Exhibitions at Towner Art Gallery where he oversees an ambitious and diverse programme of exhibitions and programmes, working extensively with British and international artists. He was previously curator at Trinity College Dublin and The Irish Museum of Modern Art and was responsible for managing the Turner Prize and delivering it in Derry in 2013. He has written for exhibition catalogues and artist books, and directed and produced programmes for film and television. He is currently an external adviser to the Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee and a visual arts judge for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


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