Olympic bell ringing at Towner

TOWNER is calling on people to go down to the gallery at 8.12am tomorrow morning (July 27) and mark the start of the London 2012 Games by ringing a bell.

Staff at the gallery want people to take part in All The Bell which has been invented by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed.

Thousands of people across the UK and beyond will be taking part in All The Bells – from Big Ben to the HMS Belfast, and from Britain’s northernmost inhabited house in Shetland to a research station in Antarctica.

Sussex residents and visitors are invited to go to Towner, Eastbourne’s award-winning contemporary art museum, to be part of the historic moment.

Everyone is invited to take part by ringing any kind of bell for three minutes – bring your bicycle bells, hand bells, alarm clock bells or doorbells.

There are also downloadable bell ringtones by Martin Creed from www.allthebells.com.

Towner is delighted to be ringing a historic chapel bell from Ditchling Museum. The bell was made by J Warner & Sons, London in 1864 and used by the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic from the early 1920s until its closure in 1989. The bell was used to call the artists and crafts people, who lived and worked as a Catholic faith community – including Eric Gill, David Jones and Edgar Holloway – to the chapel.

At 8.12am exactly on Friday morning millions of bells will ring out across the country and it is hoped people with gather at the entrance of Towner for 8.12am and make sure the bells of Eastbourne are heard just as loudly.

Cllr Neil Stanley, Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for tourism, said “I am delighted that Eastbourne and Towner are embracing this nationwide celebration, as it is a fantastic idea to bring the community together and ‘ring in’ the beginning of the London 2012 Olympic Games in the UK.

“This is a truly momentous occasion for our nation, and All The Bells represents a unique way for you to be involved in this once in a lifetime event – and to create an artwork that will go down in history.”

Other venues are also expected to take part, including All Saints Church in Grange Road.