Caroline Lucas MP curated her first ever exhibition for a major UK gallery. Caroline selected from the 5000 works in Towner’s permanent Collection, that reflected and resonated with her passions and interests, from her environmental work, issues of climate change and effects on our landscape, to her love of living in Sussex. I was delighted that my image Turbine was selected to be in the company of works from artists and photographers such as Jem Southam, Wolfgang Tilsmann and Eric Ravilious.
BRINK ran from 13 Dec 2019 – 6 Sep 2020
A short interview about Downland Gloaming
Downland Gloaming is an ongoing project resulting from night walks over the old chalk paths and byways of the Downs. The main inspirations behind the images are the works of the artist Eric Ravilious and the poetry of Edward Thomas. These photographs are equivalents, moments experienced and subtle recordings in a fading landscape and they therefore require time for the eye to adjust to slowly reveal the visual traces, lines, and patterns of the landscape of ancient and modern times. I was pleased that the Towner Gallery allowed the work produced so far to be shown in The Ravilious Room.
17 September – 10 November 2019.
Night Walk with Allan Grainger
Artist Allan Grainger will lead a twilight walk on the South Downs offering an insight into how walking at night has influenced his practice, and how the changing light and atmosphere at dusk alters our experience of the landscape.
Travelling from the Towner to Wilmington by minibus, this beautiful 3.5 mile walk will begin at sunset. Explore the Wilmington Priory, the Long Man and the woods at night, with rest points to discuss the imaginative and multisensory possibilities of walking in the darkness. Whilst walking, it is encouraged to be quiet in order to be fully immersed in the environment.
Fri 27 September 2019 – 5:17 pm
In Conversation: Allan Grainger & Melanie Rose
Artist Allan Grainger is currently working on a series of photographs taken during night walks on the South Downs, inspired by the landscapes of Eric Ravilious. He will be joined in conversation by Melanie Rose a visual artist and member of LAND2, a national network of artist/researchers with an interest in place-oriented art. Both artists will discuss their work and research in relation to the South Downs and the Towner Collection, in particular how walking can inspire creativity.
Fri 27 September 2019 – 2pm
Curated by John Stezaker – The Lucy Bell Gallery
2 February – 15 March 2019
Recent exhibitions and reviews
BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection – 13 December 2019 – 6 September 2020
Downland Gloaming – Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne – 17 Sep – 10 Nov 2019
Downland Gloaming – Spectrum Photographic Blog article 21 Aug 2019
Arboretum – curated by John Stezaker – Lucy Bell Gallery 2 Feb – 15 Mar 2019
Total Threshold – Richard Makin reviews Allan Grainger’s “Downland Gloaming” and Haiku poems by the artist