Capturing the drama that unfolds where the downs meet the sea

Eastbourne Beach - Roland Collins
Eastbourne Beach - Roland Collins

THE CURATOR of the first public exhibition of Roland Collins’ work will visit the Towner on August 9 to present an overview of the artist’s life.

Nathaniel Hepburn will examine the evolution of Collins’ artistic style through his paintings of Eastbourne, Newhaven and Seaford from the 1950s to the present day, as well as exploring the particular importance of the Sussex coast to Collins’ work.

There will be a particular focus on his early drawings and his commercial work.

Roland Collins’ work is currently on display at Towner as part of A Point of Departure, a free exhibition which runs until November 11 as part of Towner’s summer programme of art inspired by the South Downs and Sussex coast.

Our coastline has long been an inspiration for artists, who were captivated by the beauty and drama that unfold where the South Downs meet the sea, and shingle beaches neighbour the heart stopping white cliffs of Beachy Head.

These artists include much-loved British artists Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and John Piper, whose works were recently acquired for the Towner Collection thanks to the generosity of Towner visitors and supporters.

A number of works depict the ferry port at Newhaven, which was particularly influential as the gateway to Europe – transcending the edge of the landscape to connect Sussex to the rest of the world.

The talk begins at 12.30pm. Although this is a free event places are limited so booking in advance is advised.

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Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “Towner’s collection display A Point of Departure, which features a room of works by Roland Collins, has been a huge success and much loved by the public. I am delighted that the original curator of Collins’ work is coming to Towner to share his insights into the artist’s life and work.”