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Image: Ivan Navarro, Nowhere Man I, 2009. ©The Artist. Towner Collection

To celebrate Towner’s tenth anniversary in the current building, a group of Towner’s team members who have worked and volunteered at the gallery since 2009, will curate their own exhibition: TEN. The exhibition takes place 18 May – 10 November 2019.

Choosing from works in the permanent collection that have been acquired in the last ten years, TEN will feature an exciting range of painting, print and sculpture, and will reveal new Collection works alongside some well-loved favourites.

Together, the works in TEN demonstrate the breadth of the collection, which has come to the gallery through purchases, gifts and on loan over the past decade. Visitors will be able to see artworks including moving image, paintings, prints and sculptures as part of TEN. Exhibition highlights include works by Grayson Perry, Tom Hammick, Simon Ling, Ivan Navarro, John Piper, Keith Vaughan and Kathleen Walne.

Sara Cooper, Head of Collections, at Towner, who has also been with the gallery for ten years and has led this project, said, “It’s with immense pride that we are able to announce TEN. Working with our team in this way has been an enjoyable and engaging learning process for us all. Many of us have worked as a team for a long time and it has been refreshing to all step out of our day to day roles and to look at the Collection, discuss the artworks and plan the hang together.”

Michele Monteith, who has worked at Towner since the building opened in 2009 and is one of the curators of TEN, said, “It’s been a real adventure to take part in curating TEN. Some of the works we have chosen include Amsterdam by Robert E Wells. I just loved it as soon as it came into the Collection in 2016, you feel like you are really standing outside the house in anticipation, imagining what it’s like inside, waiting to be invited in. It’s been fascinating to look at the Collection from the perspective of a TEN curator and to work with colleagues on a joint project to celebrate our tenth anniversary in this building.”

Call out for commission for Sussex-based artist announced by Towner Art Gallery

Sussex-based artists can be part of Towner’s summer tenth anniversary programme. With the support of Eastbourne Arts Circle, the gallery are looking to commission an artist, collective or maker to create an original 3D artwork to be displayed in the gallery’s iconic front window, marking ten years in our purpose-built gallery. The successful artist(s) will receive £1000 to cover the artist fee and materials and Towner will also cover transport and installation costs. The deadline for entries is 19 May 2019 and the successful artist will be chosen by Towner’s Director, Joe Hill, along with other guest judges who will be announced shortly.

The commissioned work will be situated in the window that faces visitors as they arrive at Towner. The window is illuminated 24 hours a day and is passed each season by thousands of Eastbourne residents and visitors.

On show until mid-September during Towner’s busy summer programme, this installation will coincide with major exhibitions by Dineo Seshee Bopape and Phoebe Unwin, and alongside the major outdoor Brewers Towner Commission by Lothar Götz.

This exciting opportunity to be part of Towner’s tenth anniversary celebrations is open to all artists who live or work in the East or West Sussex regions and are aged 18+. Existing work will be considered for the commission. Apply or learn more via www.tow