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Ivan Navarro, Nowhere Man I, 2009. ©The Artist. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, are pleased to announce their summer 2019 programme. Exhibitions include a large scale installation by Dineo Seshee Bopape, an exhibition of works from the collection curated by Towner’s own team, a presentation of new paintings by London based artist Phoebe Unwin and a major outdoor commission by Lothar Götz that will cover the gallery’s exterior facade.

The programme celebrates 10 years since Towner opened in the current gallery building and a celebratory summer party marking the launch of the exhibitions takes place on 15 June (6pm-late).

The exhibition programme includes:
Brewers Towner Commission
15 June 2019 – May 2020
German artist Lothar Götz (b.1963) will transform the exterior of Towner Art Gallery into a large scale, colourful geometric mural this summer. It will be his largest wall mural to date. Götz (b.1963) was chosen from 60 artists and designers from an open call for the Brewers Towner Commission, to create a new art work to mark the gallery’s tenth anniversary year and to coincide with the launch of the new Devonshire Quarter. Drawing on the gallery’s architecture, angles and unique exterior recesses and alcoves, Götz will produce a new work stretching the length and width of all three sides of Towner’s building. Götz’s work – typically large-scale paintings, drawings and installations that respond to existing architectural structures – has included commissions for Southbank Centre, London (2014) and Leeds Art Gallery (2017). This will be his first major outdoor commission on the south coast and the first time an artist has been commissioned to create an art work for Towner’s exterior at scale.
Lothar Götz, in front of his installation at the MAC Belfast. Photo by Jordan Hutchins

Phoebe Unwin
15 June – 8 September 2019
This exhibition, which includes new works, takes its name from the artist’s late maternal grandmother and reflects on the ideas surrounding how the iris works, moving from the intimate and unspoken to the communal, stretching to different times, reflective of the nature of painting itself. Phoebe Unwin’s paintings are rooted in personal experience, with each becoming a distinct exploration in the physical and emotive aspects of looking. For instance, the relationship one’s body has with the perception of a subject: a speedy profile, of swimming, an egg being boiled or the mind’s eye perspective of a room from above. A wide spectrum of colour, in oil and acrylic paint is used across the works that will be exhibited: varying translucencies and palette ranges trigger the different kinds of associations familiar subjects might provoke. The paintings take the experience of the self to be something ever changeable, in scale and psychological presence.
Phoebe Unwin, Headway, 2018

Dineo Seshee Bopape
Sedibeng, it comes with the rain
15 June – 8 September 2019
Born and based in South Africa, Dineo Seshee Bopape addresses politics, race, spirituality, gender and sexuality in her ambitious large scale installations which are created with using sound, found objects and moving image. Sedibeng, it comes with the rain is an immersive installation set in an environment of reflecting and refracting light, on a floor strewn with feathers, metal abstractions, letter charms, bags of healing herbs, images of ripe fruits and flowers native to Africa, the work explores notions of fertility, land, resistance, Afro-diasporic spiritual aesthetics and practices. Bopape has exhibited work across the globe, including at the 10th Berlin Biennale and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. This will be the artist’s first major solo presentation in England.

Sedibeng, it comes with the rain was acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for Towner’s collection at Frieze London in 2017, joining many other works in Towner’s collection anchored in a strong sense of place.
Dineo Seshee Bopape, Sedibeng, it comes with the rain, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg

18 May – 10 November 2019
To celebrate Towner’s tenth anniversary in the Rick Mather designed building near Eastbourne’s seafront, a group from Towner’s team who have worked and volunteered at the gallery since 2009 will be curating an exhibition from works in the permanent collection that have been acquired in the last ten years. Shown in Gallery 1, the original ‘collection gallery’, the exhibition will include an exciting range of works, including painting, print and sculpture. Visitors will experience some well-loved favourites, others rarely on public display. Together they demonstrate the breadth of Towner’s Collection which have come to the gallery through purchases, gifts and on loan. Highlights include works by Tom Hammick, Ivan Navarro, John Piper, Grayson Perry, Kathleen Walne.
Ivan Navarro, Nowhere Man I, 2009. ©The Artist. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

July – September 2019
Towner will commission an artist from the Sussex to create an innovative and original new sculptural art work to be displayed in the gallery window as part of the gallery’s tenth anniversary programme. The commission will be placed in Towner’s iconic front window passed each season by thousands of Eastbourne residents and visitors. The application link will go live this month, keep an eye on Towner’s website for details.
Towner Art Gallery’s Director Joe Hill said, “We are excited to celebrate 10 years of Towner Art Gallery by exhibiting such a brilliant roster of artists this summer. It will be the first time we have commissioned a major work on the exterior of the building from an international artist and also the first time we will have an original sculpture from one of our own artists in the South East on display as part of the programme. Phoebe Unwin and Dineo Seshee Bopape, meanwhile, bring very different propositions to our gallery space, from large scale sculpture reflecting on a sense or place to a new body of paintings considering the many aspects of looking. It’s also perfectly fitting for our 10th anniversary to be working with our own team to curate TEN and highlight to visitors the breadth and depth of our own collection.”