Acquisition of two films for the Towner Collection

Posted on 29/03/2016
Isaac Julien Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010 Endura Ultra Photograph, 180 x 240 x 7.5 cm Courtesy the artist Isaac

Isaac Julien, Maiden of Silence (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010. Endura Ultra Photograph, 180 x 240 x 7.5 cm. Courtesy the artist

Fantastic news as Towner has acquired Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves and Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet is the Best for our Collection.

Ten Thousand Waves, inspired by the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockle-pickers tragedy will be shown here 23 July – 2 October. The film has been jointly acquired with Whitworth Gallery in Manchester as the first recipients of the Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund, put in place to help public collections acquire Moving Image works.

Omer Fast’s 5000 feet is the Best, a film juxtaposing the accounts of a drone operator’s life and work and scenes depicting crimes in Las Vegas, has been acquired with the Imperial War Museum through the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award Scheme and will appear at Towner in 2018.

Emma Morris, Executive Director, said: “We are delighted to have these two incredible works in our public collection and would like to thank the Art Fund, Thomas Dane Gallery, Isaac Julien, Omer Fast and their galleries for supporting these acquisitions. We have recently been awarded funding from Arts Council England to build a small cinema on our ground floor. This, along with the Moving Image Fund, enables us to position Towner as the leading venue in the South East for artists’ moving image.”

The films join Towner’s growing collection of important moving image works that includes films by artists Joao Penalava, Yael Bartana, Ori Gersht, Tacita Dean and Adam Chodzko.