Sugar cube tower at Towner took three years to build.....

Brendan Jamison working on his new commission for Towner
Brendan Jamison working on his new commission for Towner

THE TOWNER art gallery launched two major new exhibitions at the weekend boasting artwork including a five-metre high sugar cube tower which took three years to build.

Brendan Jamison’s sugar cube tower combines elements from the architecture of local landmarks Beachy Head Lighthouse, Redoubt Fortress and the Martello Towers and is made up of a quarter of a million cubes.

Other works in that exhibition, called Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive, include 1,100 salmon skin tiles and 9,375 paper rolls.

The other display is John Piper in Kent & Sussex.

Both exhibitions present around 100 major and rarely seen works inspired by the British landscape in John Piper in Kent & Sussex, while Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive is a group show of five new commissions by sculptors who obsessively use small scale repetitive processes to create large installations.

On Saturday, visitors also had the chance to hear a talk by artist Susie MacMurray as she described her piece in the exhibition - a new ‘sculptural drawing’ across one large wall of the gallery with corrugated hose extruding from the wall.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Councillor Neil Stanley said, “We are delighted to open our new exhibitions promising two wonderful displays for visitors to enjoy over the summer months.”

John Piper in Kent & Sussex runs from July 2-September 25 and showcases many of Piper’s works inspired by the Sussex landscape from the 1920s to the 1980s and is curated by Nathaniel Hepburn. Entry costs £5.50.

Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive is on from July 2-September 18. Entry is free.