Towner announces major funding for a new cinema and auditorium for artists’ moving image, film, talks and live performance

Posted on 16/02/2016

Towner Art Gallery is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £450,000
from Arts Council England’s Small Capital Grants fund. The award is being used
to develop a ground floor auditorium for presenting artists’ moving image, a film
programme, live performances, talks and other events.

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Emma Morris, Executive Director of Towner said, “The new space will be
an incredible asset for both the gallery and Eastbourne. Having a
dedicated, fully accessible auditorium, equipped with high quality AV will
allow us to deliver a richer and more diverse programme of moving image
and digital works, support artists’ professional development and create
new audiences.”

This major award complements the announcement in 2015 of Towner and
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester as the first partners to participate in
the Art Fund’s new Moving Image Fund. This enables Towner to acquire
important moving image works for a growing collection that includes
artists Joao Penalava, Yael Bartana, Ori Gersht, Tacita Dean and Adam
Chodzko. In recent years Towner has collaborated with many artists
working in film and moving image including Bill Viola, Dorothy Cross, and
Joachim Koester, and in April opens the first survey show of moving
image work by Melanie Manchot. The new capital award is also enhanced
by a donation of £100,000 from Eastbourne Arts Circle, a membership
organisation dedicated to supporting Towner.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:
“Towner’s plans are a great example of how our capital investment can
create powerful change in an organisation that supports its long term
sustainability. As well as supporting a more diverse programme which will
hopefully increase audiences, it will also support increased commercial
revenue from commercial hires.”

Towner also recently received funding from Arts Council England to
present and curate work from the Arts Council Collection in celebration of
it’s 70th anniversary. Through this investment Towner, Walker Art Gallery,
Liverpool, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Yorkshire Sculpture
Park, will curate twenty-four exhibitions drawn from the Collection over
the next three years, as well as developing eight new commissions.

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