The pier could feature in the final work of a 13-year photography project by an internationally-renowned artist.
The Towner Gallery has launched an appeal through the Art Fund’s crowdfunding platform, to raise cash to bring Austrian artist Hans Schabus to Eastbourne.
If the crowdfunding project is successful, the pier will be the subject of a new photographic art work. But the Towner must raise just over £15,000 in 74 days.
In the past 13 years, Hans has travelled the globe in a handmade boat starting in Vienna and visiting New York, Frankfurt, Bregenz, Venice, Rotterdam, and Lisbon, where he has made a photograph of his ‘arrival’ to the city.
Eastbourne will be his final destination, completing his series of photographs.
The photograph will then be exhibited in Schabus’ major solo show at the gallery, which opens in October 2015.
Sanna Moore, head of contemporary programmes at the Towner, said, “Art Happens will enable us to bring Hans and his boat to Eastbourne to complete an iconic series of photographs as well as paying for the acquisition of the Eastbourne photograph to the Towner’s Collection as a historical record of the exhibition.”
But to make it happen, the gallery needs to raise the £15,000 through its crowdfunding appeal. Donors to the project will be rewarded with prizes including a VIP beach party, a tote bag designed by Hans, dinner with the artist, a limited edition print, and for the top donors, a unique sculpture crafted from a life buoy. Hans visited Eastbourne in 2013 to begin his research for his exhibition. Along with the town’s coastal location, he was inspired by a book on the Eastbourne artist Eric Ravilious. For more information visit www.artfund.org/arthappens-towner