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Emma Stibbon, Beachy Head, 2022

With three new exhibitions in May!

Emma Stibbon RA: Melting Ice | Rising Tides - 9 May to 15 September 2024

Emma Stibbon’s first large-scale show at a major UK institution connects the dots between the seemingly remote events of polar ice sheet melt and the changes that we are witnessing in our local, more familiar UK landscape. Stibbon has brought physical materials, such as chalk, carbon and sea water, into her large-scale, immersive work, which evokes the wonder and drama of nature but is ultimately underpinned by contemporary anxieties about our precarious future and deeply grounded in research.

A programme of public events runs alongside the exhibition including:

  • Bearing Witness: Emma Stibbon & Richard Fisher in conversation - 15 May.
  • Lunchtime Conversation: Curating Melting Ice | Rising Tides - 20 June.
  • Walk & Day Course: Drawing at Scale with Emma Stibbon - 10 August.

Maria Amidu in the perpetual back and forth: 4 May to 8 September, Free Admission

Maria Amidu is the third artist in iniva’s Future Collect partnership programme, which has commissioned three new works by artists of African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern or Asian heritage living and working in the UK to be collected and exhibited by major institutions. These works all contribute to a wider public debate on collections and whose heritage is being preserved. The exhibition centres around 26,778,780 minutes, a new paper and text-based installation and accompanying sound piece. Once daily, air blown into the gallery will cause the installation to rearrange itself, and audiences will be asked to put it back in place.

Florence Peake FACTUAL ACTUAL Ensemble: 9 May to 16 June

Internationally renowned choreographer & visual artist Florence Peake presents a 50m long painting installation that embodies her distinctive gestural, movement-marking techniques. The collaboratively made painting, titled Ensemble, will be shown across Towner's ground floor spaces, surrounding the gallery walls. Ensemble was created through a series of workshops held at Southwark Park Galleries in November 2022.

Two performances, re-interpreting and expanding on a previous version at the National Gallery in 2021 will be taking place alongside FACTUAL ACTUAL: Ensemble, and will reveal Florence Peake's queer approach and non-hierarchical process. 

  • FACTUAL ACTUAL Performances: Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 June
  • Florence Peake Artist Talk & Performative demos: Thursday 16 May

Jazz at Light: Friday 3 May

Our restaurant Light reopens in style this Friday with Jazz, cocktails and delicious food. Dinner service begins at 5.30pm, with music on from 6.30pm.

Further Information: Collection — Towner Eastbourne