David Dimbleby to launch gallery card

The 'gin performance' will help launch the new gallery card scheme
The 'gin performance' will help launch the new gallery card scheme

BROADCASTER David Dimbleby is to launch the Towner gallery’s new membership card on Friday – accompanied by a ‘gin performance’ by artist Peter Liversidge.

Towner supporters are invited to attend the launch of the limited edition card, designed by Peter, on May 13 (7pm-9pm) – and visitors will have the opportunity to take part in Peter’s Gin Proposal, a performance installation in which he hand engraves 100 glasses which will be given away free with a Hendricks gin and tonic from a bespoke gin stand, designed by Peter and created by the Towner technicians.

The performance takes place to music and lasts the duration of the gin; once the bottles and glasses are empty, the performance is over.

Broadcaster and Towner supporter David Dimbleby will host the evening, continuing his long-running association with the gallery after officially opening the state of the art Towner in 2009.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure councillor Neil Stanley said, “Friday evening showcases the role of philanthropy in developing Towner’s Collection and the important contribution that Towner’s supporters provide by joining the membership scheme.

“By issuing a limited edition membership card, Towner offers the opportunity for its supporters to start their very own art collection, as the membership card together with a personal copy of the artist’s proposal is in itself a work of art.”

Visitors will be able to sign up to become a member on the night and take a look at the new collection display The Art Of Giving, which explores how gifts of artwork have shaped the Towner Collection.

Three paintings from Peter’s ‘Montana Plains’ series, which are part of the Towner Collection, will be on display for one evening only.

Anyone who would like to book a place at the launch call 434670.