10 July - 10 September (free)
Photographer Simon Roberts has spent the last three years travelling the coastline of Britain photographing the last remaining pleasure piers. One work from the project, Eastbourne Pier, is on display at Towner. Pierdom is a national touring exhibition and monograph, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the construction of Ryde Pier in the Isle of Wight (the first of the British piers).
2 November 2013 - 26 January 2014 (free)
Inspired by Chiharu Shiota’s exhibition in the Exhibition Gallery, this display drew on works in the collection that explore themes of space and architecture. Many of the pieces contain elements of surprise or subversion within them, or explore the way in which people try to control and simplify natural and physical environments. The display included Ceal Floyer’s Door, 1995, Derek Boshier’s Vista City, 1964, and Test of Courage, 2000 by Rut Blees Luxemburg.
11 October 2013 - 5 January 2014 (free)
Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating monumental yet delicate environments. Towner commissioned Shiota to create an ambitious, immersive installation to pervade our entire gallery space. Visitors were able to walk around the installation and inside it, entering a dense other-wordly woven labyrinth...
13 July – 22 September 2013 (free)
A collaboration between Sally Underwood and Roxy Walsh, Dependent Rational Animals began in 2011 with a conversation about how sculpture might make a home for painting and how painting might hold the interior of a sculpture. This exhibition included wall painting and large-scale architectural sculptures alongside smaller works.