Sussex Open

Sussex Open at Towner Art Gallery

Sussex Open returns to the Towner Art Gallery this week, bringing together artists from East and West Sussex.

Featuring painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and moving image works, Sussex Open 2017 offers a unique opportunity to view works by artists at every level of their career.

A panel of experts selected the work. They include: Turner Prize shortlisted photographer and filmmaker Richard Billingham; Rosie Cooper, head of exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion; and Towner’s head of exhibitions Brian Cass.

“This year we received a record number of applicants,” said Cass.

“It was exciting and insightful to see so many talented artists and their submissions were as strong as they were varied. It made the selection process very difficult.

“Ultimately, we were impressed by the integrity of the work by the selected artists and how they each pursued, in very different ways, a personal vision that draws on their immediate experience of the world.”

Sussex Open
Janine Shute, Table Spoon, 2017 (pastel)

Showcasing creative talent

Founded as an art gallery for the people, Towner presents exhibitions of national and international importance.

The growing success of Sussex Open demonstrates the gallery’s commitment to showcasing local artists’ work and supporting creative talent.

Last year’s event welcomed a record number of visitors and sales of work were at an all-time high.

Work in this year’s exhibition will also be available to purchase.

Previous artists have gone on to be selected for John Moore’s Painting Prize, the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the BFI Film Festival and been shortlisted for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Prize.

Sussex Open exhibition details

Sussex Open 2017 is on from July 22 to October 1. Admission is free. Towner Art Galley, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, and bank holiday Mondays. Late night opening on Thursdays (until 8pm) to August 31.

Main image: Ian Land, Land of Cockaigne – Camber, 2016 (silver gelatin photographic print)