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Towner Art Gallery has been exhibiting and contemporary art for almost 100 years. 
This summer join Berlin-based Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball as she curates an exhibition and brings a new commission to the streets of the seaside town and installed on the South Downs.
Mariana Castillo Deball takes a kaleidoscopic approach to her practice, mediating between science, archaeology, and the visual arts and exploring the way in which these disciplines describe the world. Her installations, performances, sculptures, and editorial projects arise from the recombination of different languages that seek to understand the role objects play in our identity and history. 
The artist has delved deep into the Towner Collection to discover works that have rarely been displayed and will present these alongside familiar and much-loved depictions of the Sussex landscape. The exhibition - A drawing, a story, and a poem go for a walk: Mariana Castillo Deball curates the Towner Collection- runs from 29 May - 16 January 2022. Works include those by Wilfred Avery, Edward Bawden, Jennifer Dickson, Tirzah Garwood, Getrude Hermes, John Lake, Tom Phillips, Eric Ravilous, Kathleen Walne.
Mariana Castillo Deball’s ​Waterfronts​ commission will also take place in Eastbourne this year, from 29 May to 12 November, as part of England’s Creative Coast. In this work - titled Walking through the town I followed a pattern on the pavement that became the magnified silhouette of a woman’s profile - she constructs a narrative in three parts inspired by a ‘young Frankish woman’ whose remains were excavated in Eastbourne in the late ’90s along with a number of funerary objects dating back to the Iron and Bronze ages. Mixing archaeological fact with fiction, Deball creates a new, layered mythology. 
Along the streets of Eastbourne pedestrians will discover a chalk stencilled rope demarcating a jagged, unexpected route through the town that, when viewed from above or via a map delineates the work’s eponymous profile of a woman. Along the way followers of the trail encounter several sculptural objects embedded in the fabric of the street each relating to the objects the woman was buried with. A third element to the work takes place out of the town: the shape of a giant hairpin, the most magnificent of the found funerary objects, will be inscribed in chalk onto the Beachy Head Down. 
In contrast to the nearby Celtic hill figure, ‘The Long Man of Wilmington’ cut into the chalk a few miles northwest of the town, Castillo Deball’s geoglyph will be evanescent, disappearing over time. 
“It’s an opportunity to do something that appears monumental but at the same time is very simple,” the artist states. “It’s a drawing on a scale that I never imagined I’d be able to do, but which at the same time is not invasive and is made out of materials that will fade back into the environment", Mariana Castillo Deball says 
The outdoor artwork is a Waterfronts commission curated by Tamsin Dillon for England’s Creative Coast. England’s Creative Coast celebrates and connects the distinct, creative coastline across Essex, Kent and East Sussex showcasing the exceptional culture in this part of the world, drawing on the uniqueness of each location to give visitors a new and enriched experience: exploring contemporary art situated on and made in response to this breathtaking coastline, and uncovering the creative spirit of each place as told by the locals that live there.
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