Towner showcasing eclectic mix of work

East Sussex Open at The Towner - picture by Robert Walker
East Sussex Open at The Towner - picture by Robert Walker

THE TOWNER gallery will be opening its doors to showcase the work of 36 local artists in the East Sussex Open (April 2-May 2).

This year’s open submission exhibition attracted hundreds of entries from artists and makers from East Sussex.

The panel of judges, including artists Annika Ström and Julian Sutherland-Beatson and the Towner’s exhibition curator Sanna Moore, have picked 36 exceptional applicants to have their work displayed in the gallery’s ground floor exhibition halls.

Works on display will include the largest painting ever displayed at the Towner, Railway Bridge 2010, by Dale Inglis, which is an impressive 7.2 metres in length, as well as installations, sculptures, and photography.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson said, “We are very excited to launch this year’s East Sussex Open and offer a fantastic platform for some of the amazing artistic talent we have here on our doorstep.

“The exhibition attracted 130 entries from artists and makers keen to make the most of the exposure that the Towner can offer and the chosen selection of entries proves a wonderful snapshot of the wealth of artistic brilliance in our county.

“We are delighted to be able to present a display that showcases works of all sizes in our biggest exhibition space with several large-scale works, which compliment and engage with the semi-industrial architecture of the building.

“It’s free to visitors, I want to encourage as many people as possible to get down to the Towner before May 2 and take a look at the inspiring artwork on display in this exhibition.”

Using the vast 668 square metre space that the Towner’s large exhibition halls offer, with ceilings at 4.5m high, the East Sussex Open brings together an eclectic mix of artworks showing off established, as well as emerging artists.

From a series of beautiful porcelain vessels by Tanya Gomez, which are inspired by the Sussex coastline reflecting the ever changing, moments where the land meets the sea, to a sculptural installation by Hermione Allsopp transforming recycled and recreated objects into new forms and compositions, gallery visitors can look forward to a real feast of diverse regional talent.

The month-long East Sussex Open exhibition is free to members of the public.