Over the next six months, Eastbourne is alive with art!

Street art

To celebrate the centenary of Towner Eastbourne and running alongside the gallery’s hosting of this year’s Turner Prize, the Eastbourne ALIVE project is bringing art to the town’s streets and buildings.

The project has been working with young people, local cultural organisations, businesses, and the wider community. Eastbourne ALIVE includes public art installations, dance and music events, and school visits to the gallery.

Public art

Four major contemporary public artworks have been installed around the town.

The pieces are situated outside Towner Eastbourne, on the side of the Winter Garden and library, and in the town centre:

Michael Rakowitz’ winged bull titled, ‘The invisible enemy should not exist (Lamassu of Nineveh)’, is on display outside Towner Eastbourne. The artwork originally stood guard on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.

I Don’t Have Another Land’ by the internationally renowned and Turner Prize-shortlisted artist Nathan Coley, has been installed on the side of Eastbourne Library. The piece invites the town to explore the contemporary text sculpture, which was inspired by graffiti found on a wall in Jerusalem in the early 2000s.

Turner Prize winner Helen Cammock, has been commissioned by Eastbourne ALIVE to produce a new body of work titled ‘Garden’. The piece is displayed on the exterior walls of Eastbourne Winter Gardens.

People will be able to enjoy a moment of contemplation within a pink shipping container in the town centre. ‘It’s nicer to be nice’ by Eve De Haan is an urban ‘healing garden’, filled with pink sand and plants, where the public can enter and enjoy a moment of escapism.

Visitors and residents are encouraged to wander through the town’s streets to view the artworks and explore the notion of a modern day monument.

Exhibitions and events

The project also features art exhibitions, dance and music events, and public art from local creative organisations:

  • Why not visit a meditation pod in the library, developed by multi-disciplinary artist Sophie Wright in conjunction with local young people aged 16 to 24?
  • Or you could join choreographers Naishi Wang and Jean Abreu in conversation at the Towner Cinema to discuss their creation, Deciphers
  • Alternatively, you could view Judith Alder’s exhibition Vital Signs in the Beacon Shopping Centre, or an exhibition of work by the Printmakers Council at the Emma Mason Gallery
  • Enjoy Compass Arts’ Promenade Art Trail – walk along the promenade and view contemporary art in some of the seafront hotels’ public bars, cafes, and restaurants


For more details about the project, what’s on and when, visit Eastbourne ALIVE.

This year’s Turner Prize is being hosted at Towner Eastbourne. Why not visit the free exhibition of work by the four nominated artists at the gallery as part of your Eastbourne ALIVE route?