The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection

British artist Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection in Towner’s eighth and final exhibition as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19. Anne Hardy’s work derives from places she calls ‘pockets of wild space’ – gaps in the urban space where materials, atmospheres, and emotions gather – using what she finds there to manifest sensory and unstable installation works that fully immerse you. Hardy brings this approach to her selection for Towner, envisioning the gallery space as a shifting impermanent landscape, a meditative environment shaped by local weather data, which has been translated into gently fluctuating light.

The Weather Garden encompasses over thirty artworks in a diverse range of media that are engaged with material, physical action, and sensuality. Artists include: Roger Ackling, Claire Barclay, Becky Beasley, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Claude Cahun, Lynn Chadwick, Alice Channer, Lygia Clark, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Jane Coyle, Hubert Dalwood, Rita Donagh, Barry Flanagan, John Gibbons, Shirazeh Houshiary, Kim Lim, Sarah Lucas, Lucia Nogueira, Madeleine Pledge, Ima-Abasi Okon, Margaret Organ, Karin Ruggaber, Veronica Ryan, Sebastian Thomas, Edward Weston and Cathy Wilkes.

You’re invited to a special event on Saturday 16 February, celebrating the launch of  The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy Curates the Arts Council Collection and Carey Young: Palais de Justice as well as Figure Study II, our director Joe Hill’s selection from the Towner Collection, and our new Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library and Art School programme.

In addition to all of our exhibitions being open until late, there will be chips and music in the bar followed a performance of John Cage’s Ryoanji by musicians from the London Contemporary Orchestra.

This launch event is free and open to everyone. No booking – drop in any time throughout the evening and bring your friends.

Image: Installation view, The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy Curates the Arts Council Collection, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne 2019. Photo by Angus Mill.

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