Blue Monkey Network: Joe Hill


Blue Monkey Network: Joe Hill, Director, Towner Eastbourne

Thursday 20 May 2021

6.30 to 7.30pm


Free for Blue Monkey Network Members.

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Photo by Rosie Powell

This month’s Blue Monkey Network event is a chance for us to reconnect with Towner Director Joe Hill after three years leading the organisation. This discussion will focus on the delicate relationship between the public gallery and artists. How the pandemic has exposed the fragility of arts professionals and how the sector will try to address this issue in the years to come. Joe will touch on his time leading Towner and what he sees as the priorities for the sector going forward. As part of the session, he will talk through different ways artists promote their work to gallery curators or directors. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions throughout the talk.

Joe has been Director of Towner Eastbourne since March 2018. He has led an ambitious plan to re-vision the gallery, which has resulted in Towner being named winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020. Prior to this, Joe was Director of Focal Point Gallery in Southend since 2013. Whilst in Essex, Joe also lead on the much-acclaimed Radical ESSEX research and place-making project. Originally having trained as an artist, Joe has extensive experience working as a director, curator, and project lead for visual arts organisations, public commissioning, and directly with artists. This experience has been cultivated through working with other high-profile arts institutions including Camden Arts Centre and Firstsite and internationally as part of the Venice Biennale.

Joe is co-chair of the South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN), a Director of Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Trustee of The Tetley in Leeds and Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne.

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