2020 Programme Announcement

Posted on 12/12/2019

We are pleased to announce our artistic programme for 2020. Major exhibitions by David Hockney, Alan Davie and John Nash are set to take place and prominent figure including Caroline Lucas will curate Towner’s Collection. Newly acquired works will be displayed, affirming our commitment to moving image and growing a diverse permanent Collection. Coast and landscape and borders and movement, meanwhile, inspire an international open call biennial and a newly commissioned work set to be shown in the iconic South Downs. 

Join us to see:

BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection 

14 December – 10 May 2019 

Caroline Lucas – politician, cultural advocate and environmental campaigner – has taken on a new challenge this autumn: curating her first ever exhibition. Selecting from the 5000 works in Towner’s Collection, Caroline’s choices will  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.

Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works 

15 February – 31 May 2020

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 will bring together around 45 paintings, collages and drawings by Davie and Hockney, spanning from 1948-1965. Sponsored by King & McGaw.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan: This whole time there were no land mines 

6 March – 31  May 2020

Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a Turner Prize nominated artist based in Beirut.  His 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 8-monitor installation with sound.​

Towner International

13 June – 6 September 2020

Towner International is a major new biennial exhibition of contemporary art that will feature British and International artists at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne,UK.  Artists will be chosen from an Open Call submission process and an esteemed panel of guest judges will select artists for the inaugural exhibition. The guest judges for the exhibiting artists are Polly Staple (Director, Chisenhale Gallery), Mike Nelson (Artist) and Noelle Collins, (Curator, Towner Art Gallery).

England’s Creative Coast: Mariana Castillo Deball 

13 June – 29 November 2020

Seven international contemporary artists have been commissioned by England’s Creative Coast to create a series of new  artworks across Kent, Essex and East Sussex in 2020. Waterfronts, curated by Tamsin Dillon, invites these artists to consider the coastline as the physical and the political border between the land and its surrounding waters. In Eastbourne, Towner partners with ECC to present Mariana Castillo Deball. Deball’s diverse, kaleidoscopic practice combines visual art with archaeology, science and history to make installations, performances, sculptures and text-based piece. For Waterfronts, she will draw on both the ancient and more recent geological and social history of the area surrounding Towner.

John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace

26 September 2020 – 24 January 2021

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 over 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. The exhibition will contextualise his life and work within the history of early and mid-20th century English art, embracing a wide variety of media from oil paintings and watercolours, to print and illustration. Works will also be presented from his friends and contemporaries.

John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea 

3 October – 6 December 2020 

Vertigo Sea, a three-screen film, first seen at the 56th Venice Biennale, is a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man’s relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources, and newly shot footage, the work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry. The work comes to Towner with the context that the location of the gallery on the southern coastline of England, along the constantly changing boundary between land and sea, is a significant vantage point to look outwards and think about the interrelationship between the local and the global, of coastlines as places of encounter, trade, exchange and colonial histories.