OK, so we're halfway through January 2017 already. WOW. How did that happen eh? Christmas is just a distant memory wrapped in a hazy mist of drizzle... literally!
BUT there's soooo much to look forward to. Eastbourne will not be sleepy this year I think, get your calendars out, because there are lots of exhibitions that you will not want to miss. Firstly, opening this week is the new exhibition at our beloved Towner, A Certain Kind Of Light, pictured left. I'm looking forward to the PV on Friday night, for once the man is not working so I get to go with my date! Also there's the art... After the past few outstanding exhibitions they've got a tough reputation to keep up now, but I think this one will pull it out of the bag; Anish Kapoor [gasp], David Batchelor [oooh], Katie Paterson [aaaah]. Can't wait!
THEN comes the long awaited opening of DC1 at the Devonshire Collective. Building works have held up the opening of the cafe and gallery space, but I think it will be worth the wait. The first exhibition, COLLECTIVE, is curated by one of the key figures in Eastbourne's arts scene, Judith Alder (Blue Monkey Net). Including work by artists working across a range of disciplines with a special interest in collaboration, collections or collecting, it's the perfect opener for DC1.
Also opening this month, just up the road at the De La Warr Paviliion, Hayward Touring Exhibition, In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive And You Were Full Of Joy. Curated by Turner Prize-winner Elizabeth Price, this looks to be an amazing immersive exhibition including sculptures, drawings, photographs, films and videos, that will be arranged in four loosely threaded sections: Sleeping, Working, Mourning and Dancing.
Continuing throughout January is Pocess at the Birley Centre. Local artists Paul Bartholomew and JFK Turner display their work side by side in this visually rich and well curated exhibition.The works are for sale and the standard is very high; many have already sold (one of those red dots is mine!) so don't delay if you are hoping to add some impressive work to your collection! For more information see our home page, open until Jan 30th weekends only 11am to 4pm.
Looking ahead to February, there's The Museum of Art at Towner, David Hockney at Tate Britain (I know that's a little way out of Eastbourne, but well worth braving Southern Rail for Hockney I reckon!) and look out for further details on the next Birley exhibition; a solo show featuring large abstract works from local favourite and international artist David Armitage. Phew! More to come... and if we've missed anything out, please remember to send us your info and press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org.