Towner Eastbourne partners with the University of Sussex on AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship 

Posted on 23/03/2020

Towner Eastbourne is pleased to announce a collaboration with the University of Sussex to offer a collaborative PHD opportunity, beginning in 2020. 

The project will use Towner as a case study to investigate histories of gender representation in regional UK galleries. Primarily collections based, a key objective of the project will be to conduct a critical analysis of Towner’s repositories, examining artworks acquired from the moment of the gallery’s inception in 1923 through to the present day. 

As Towner approaches its centenary in 2023, a deeper awareness and understanding of the role women have played in the gallery’s history will help to support its commitment to improved gender representation in future acquisitions, exhibitions and public engagement with the collection. 

The project also builds on a recent surge of scholarly and curatorial interest in 20th century British women artists, collectors and dealers. The project has been designed to contribute to the forthcoming 2022 Towner exhibition ‘Lucy Wertheim: Patron, Collector & Gallerist’, which will provide a unique opportunity to examine Wertheim’s key role in a broad network of relationships with female artists and collectors, within the region, across the UK and internationally. 

This new doctoral project also builds on the firm partnership base between the Department of Art History, University of Sussex, and Towner. At the Sussex end, supervision will be undertaken jointly by Dr Meaghan Clarke and Dr Flora Dennis, while Sara Cooper, Head of Collections and Exhibitions, will be responsible for supervision of the project at Towner. 

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