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Image: Tirzah Garwood, Hornet with Wild Roses, Towner Collection, 1950 © Estate of Tirzah Ravilious. All rights reserved, DACS 2019.

Caroline Lucas is the Green Party’s first MP, currently representing Brighton Pavilion, and has served as an MEP and as Leader and Co-Leader of the Green Party. This Autumn she will take on a new challenge: to curate her first ever exhibition for the walls of a major UK gallery.

Caroline will curate an exhibition in East Sussex, at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, the largest gallery on the South Coast. The exhibition takes place from 23 November 2019 until 10 May 2020.

Selecting from the 5000 works in Towner’s Collection, Caroline’s choices will reflect and resonate with her passions and her interests, from her environmental work, the impact of climate change and its effects on our landscape, to her love of living in Sussex. Caroline is currently considering the inclusion of works from the Collection including those by Jonathon Monk, Tirzah Garwood, David Jones, Tania Kovats and Clare Richardson.
Image: Tirzah Garwood, Hornet with Wild Roses, Towner Collection, 1950 © Estate of Tirzah Ravilious. All rights reserved, DACS 2019.

Towner has collected and exhibited contemporary art for almost 100 years. The Collection is best known for its modern British art – including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) – and a growing collection of international contemporary art and moving image works. Since the arrival of Director Joe Hill in 2018, Towner have presented a series of exhibitions where the Collection has been guest curated, giving visitors the opportunity to see many of the works in a new light or from a different perspective.

Caroline is an active campaigner on a range of issues and has consistently been voted the UK’s most ethical politician. She patron of many and varied arts projects over the years she currently supports organisations such as Kollektiv, ONCA Gallery and Firecracker Theatre Company but has never curated an exhibition before.

Caroline Lucas commented, “I’m very excited to have been invited by Towner to be a guest curator. It has already been a real treat to lose myself for a few hours in their extraordinary Collection, even though I now have the challenge of selecting artworks for the exhibition. It will be a very hard choice but one I am hugely looking forward to.”

Head of Collections for Towner, Sara Cooper, added, “We are thrilled to have been able to invite Caroline to curate an exhibition from the works in our Collection. Caroline is a passionate advocate for a range of issues related to the environment and climate change and we hope that viewers will see both our Collection and the wider world around them in a new light through the selection of art works that Caroline has chosen. Alongside Caroline’s curated display, we will also be exhibiting David Nash’s 200 Seasons, so there will be a dialogue for visitors between the two exhibitions through a shared environmental interest.”


Also in Autumn 2019 at Towner – David Nash, 200 Seasons:

David Nash: 200 Seasons will be one of the most ambitious exhibitions of David Nash’s work presented in England. The exhibition, at Towner, from 28 September – 2 February 2020, is a major survey of Nash’s career from the late 1960s to the present day, exploring his unique contribution to British sculpture and the international Land Art movement. This exhibition connects with Caroline’s through a shared interest in the environment.

About Towner Eastbourne:

Towner Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am–5:00pm and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10:00am–5:00pm. Free admission. www.townereastbourne.org.uk

Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for almost 100 years, Towner Eastbourne, sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. Led by Director Joe Hill since 2018, Towner presents exhibitions of national and international importance for audiences in Eastbourne, the UK and beyond, showcasing the most exciting and creative developments in modern and contemporary art. Towner develops and supports artistic practice and collaborates with individuals, communities and organisations to deliver an inclusive, connected and accessible public programme of live events, film and learning.

Towner’s collection of almost 5000 works is best known for its modern British art – including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) – and a growing collection of international contemporary art. In 2014, Towner became an independent charitable Trust, supported by a Board of Trustees and chaired by David Dimbleby.

In 2019 Towner will celebrate 10 years in the award-winning building designed by Rick Mather Architects, which opened in 2009 after the gallery moved from its original home in Eastbourne’s Old Town. In 2023 Towner will celebrate its centenary year.

Towner is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

www.townereastbourne.org.uk

@townergallery #EastbourneALIVE

About Caroline Lucas MP:

Caroline is the Green Party’s first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion. She served as an MEP from 1999 until 2010 and as an Oxfordshire councillor previously. She has also served both as the Party Leader and as its Co-Leader, with Jonathan Bartley.

She is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, Co-Chair of the group on Fuel Poverty, Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services and Sustainable Housing All Party Parliamentary Groups, as well as Chair of Parliamentary CND. She is also a member of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and a co-chair of the cross party Environmental Justice Commission.

Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and has consistently been voted the UK’s most ethical politician. She has won awards for her work on tackling social exclusion, wildlife protection, women’s rights and is in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.

www.carolinelucas.com