Lothar Götz to transform Towner’s exterior walls into a large-scale artwork to mark the gallery’s 10th anniversary

Posted on 12/03/2019

We are pleased to announce that German artist Lothar Götz will transform the exterior walls of Towner Art Gallery into a large-scale, colourful geometric mural this summer.

Götz, who is based in the U.K., was chosen from 60 artists and designers from an open call for the Brewers Towner Commission to create an artwork to mark the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s move from its original home in Eastbourne’s Old Town.
Drawing on its architecture, angles and unique exterior recesses and alcoves, Götz’s mural – his largest to date – will envelop the length and width of three sides of Towner’s award-winning building.  

Götz’s work – typically large-scale paintings, drawings and installations that respond to existing architectural structures – has included commissions for South Bank Centre, London (2014) and Leeds Art Gallery (2017). This will be his first major outdoor commission on the south coast and the first time an artist has been commissioned to create an artwork for Towner’s exterior. 

Lothar Götz said: ‘To paint the entire rendered wall space of Towner Art Gallery offers an amazing canvas, and to realise a painting of that scale in such a prominent public position of Eastbourne really is a kind of dream project for me. The [building’s] façade with its three-dimensional qualities will turn the painting into a kind of giant sculpture addressing the boundaries and crossovers between art and architecture, painting and sculpture and public and institutional spaces. Visible from several prominent viewpoints of the town with a wide range of different audiences, the painting will conceptually sit somewhere between street art and minimalism/abstraction and therefore hopefully offer a range of diverse viewings and readings.’

Joe Hill, Director at Towner Art Gallery added:  ‘We are delighted to commission Lothar Götz to create a new work for the exterior of our building this year, marking our 10th anniversary in this space and utilising the exterior of our building for a unique large-scale artwork for the first time. Götz’s signature style of bright, engaging colours, geometric patterns and bold large-scale works will allow visitors and residents to engage with the gallery in a new way this summer.’

Mark Brewer, Chairman of Brewers Decorator Centres said: ‘Brewers Decorator Centres are thrilled to be working on this exciting project with Towner Art Gallery. As a family business that started in Eastbourne in 1904 we feel passionately about the life of the town in all its dimensions, not least the cultural life. Lothar Götz is a worthy winner of this prestigious prize. His dynamic style and use of vibrant colour will transform Towner Art Gallery’s building into a spectacular work of art.’

David Dimbleby, Chair of Trustees at Towner Art Gallery commented: ‘We’re delighted to be celebrating ten years in the Towner gallery building with this exciting commission. Along with the Towner staff and Trust, I’m proud to be working with Brewers Decorator Centres to bring a new temporary public artwork by an artist of Lothar’s calibre to Eastbourne’s visitors and residents. I very much look forward to seeing the finished work when it is unveiled later this year.’