Art from burnt pier at Towner

Towner Gallery - regional artists chosen for exhibition
Towner Gallery - regional artists chosen for exhibition

Artwork created from the wreckage of Eastbourne Pier will be included in the upcoming regional art exhibition at the Towner Gallery.

Forty-four local artists were chosen by the Towner for its prestigious East Sussex Open, and the show will run from July 11 – September 20.

Judging this year’s applicants were guest selectors Jonathan Watkins, of Ikon Gallery, video artist Saskia Olde Wolbers, and the Towner’s Emma Morris.

They selected artists from across the region from a record number of entries. One of the artists, Wycliffe Stutchbury, will create a new art work made from damaged timber and materials from the Eastbourne Pier.

He will be documenting the process of the creation of this new work.

He said,“Following the fire on Eastbourne Pier last year, I negotiated the retrieval of some of the damaged material including structural timber, flooring and various other components.

“The boards have recorded the history of the building, from dance floor through to amusement arcade.

“I will create a large piece approximately 5ft square from this haul that attempts to preserve this history right through to its untimely demise.

“The piece should draw you in from a distance, picking out details, the elements of the construction, then the scars, colour and texture that might inform us of the past.”