PREVIEW: Art from Elsewhere at Towner

December 23, 2015

International Contemporary Art from UK Galleries curated by David Elliott.

Nathan Carter, FULL COLOR SPECTRUM SONAR ON THE WIRE TO FAROES SMALL CRAFT OUTBOUND, mima, © Courtesy of the Artist and Casey Kaplan, NY
Nathan Carter, Full colour spectrum sonar on the wire to Faroes small craft outbound, mima, © Courtesy of the Artist and Casey Kaplan, NY

Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne is presenting Art from Elsewhere, a major Hayward Touring exhibition supported by the Art Fund, of international contemporary art collected by the gallery, and five other museums and galleries across the UK from January 23 – April 3 2016.

 Art from Elsewhere at Towner comprises of forty-five works by twenty-six of today’s most influential artists including Mohammed Bourouissa, Jenny Holzer, Peter Hujar, Imran Qureshi, Józef Robakowski, Robert Smithson, Nancy Spero and Kara Walker.

The wide range of global themes explored in the show – migration, identity, colonialism, gender, censorship, territory, communications, class – are reflected in the rich diversity of media used by the artists, from photography, drawing and works on paper, to Super 8 film, sound and video projections, sculpture and installation works.

Curated by David Elliott, all the works in Art from Elsewhere are drawn from the collections of six museums across the UK which were re­cently awarded over £4 million by the Art Fund to build outstanding collections of international contemporary art through Art Fund International.

These include:

♦ Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall

♦ Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

♦ GoMA, Glasgow

♦ mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and

♦ Towner, Eastbourne.

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (You have Searched and Destroyed), Gallery of Modern Art,© courtesy of the artist and SprŸth Magers Berlin London
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (You have Searched and Destroyed), Gallery of Modern Art,© courtesy of the artist and SprŸth Magers Berlin London

Tailored to each touring venue, plus the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, the exhibition will conclude at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Arnolfini in April following its presentation in Eastbourne at Towner.

David Elliott said: “A number of museums outside London have made remark­able purchases of contemporary art from around the world with the help of a special programme created by the Art Fund. I have selected this Hayward Touring exhibition show out of this pool with a mind to indicating how art not only continues to be a truthful and often challenging expression of our times, but also has become a way of seeing them more clearly.”

Towner has a growing collection of international contemporary art that developed between 2007 and 2012 with support from Art Fund International and Contemporary Art Society from artists including Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anya Gallacio, Julian Opie, Tacita Dean, Yael Bartana and Eugenio Dittborn. They are situated within an internationally renowned collection of around 4,500 works including the most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious and other important works of modern British art.

Event: Art from Elsewhere

Where: Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

When:  January 23 – April 3, 2016

Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm

Entry: Free

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