Towner plea for prize artist vote

Bob & Roberta Smith, The Apathy Band, Barbican, July 2011
Bob & Roberta Smith, The Apathy Band, Barbican, July 2011

THE TOWNER is in the running to bring famous artist Bob & Roberta Smith to Eastbourne.

It is the only Sussex cultural attraction to make it on the Connect10 shortlist.

The Towner now needs your vote to beat off competition by Leeds and Bradford and win the ultimate prize.

That’s the artist himself who will come to Eastbourne to take part in a unique interactive event for all ages at Towner, followed by the first ever Museums at Nightclub.

Connect10 is an innovative project by Culture 24 giving the public the chance to send 10 leading contemporary artists to a gallery or museum of their choice for Museums At Night 2012.

Galleries, heritage sites and museums the length and breadth of the country submitted ideas for events they would run if they won their chosen artist, and the two or three most exciting ideas for each artist were selected to go through to the public vote.

Bob & Roberta Smith is the alias of Patrick Brill, the sign-painter, activist and installation artist who uses text on recycled signs and floorboards.

If the Towner is successful, on May 19 the whole building will become one giant interactive creative space where you can make and display your own art and signs, from the shop window to the industrial scale lift. In the evening it will transform into the first ever Museums at Nightclub.

Towner’s idea was inspired by Smith’s iconic 1997 piece Make Art Not War, a sentiment that resonates with the Towner Collection – renowned for its modern British art, it houses many works by the conscientious objectors known as the Bloomsbury Group.

To vote for the Towner and bring Bob & Roberta Smith to Eastbourne, visit