Art Events

Curator’s Walk & Talk

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Thursday March 1, 2pm

Admission free

Collections curator Karen Taylor gives an informal tour of Inhabit, an exhibition at the Towner from February 17-May 13, which is curated entirely using works from the gallery’s extensive collection of historic, modern and contemporary art. She discusses the works and themes explored in the exhibition.

Phone 01323 434670 or visit

Revealed: Unseen Gifts

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Thursday 15 March, 2pm

Admission free. Booking recommended

Sara Cooper, the Towner’s head of collections, discusses recent gifts to the art gallery’s collection. The talk includes a visit to Towner’s Art Store.

Phone 01323 434670 or visit

Exhibition on Screen Encore: Vincent Van Gogh

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Tuesday March 27, 7.30pm

Tickets £14/concs £12

This award-winning documentary by David Bickerstaff delves into the fascinating and troubled world of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, showcasing his iconic works and featuring interview with the curatorial team at the Van Gogh Museum.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

Textiles, Body and Space

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Thursday April 5, 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm

Tickets £8

Explore form, colour and pattern for the body and space, and make your own collection of samples and trims using a range of traditional and experimental techniques. This event is led by artist and designer Yemi Awosile.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

A Printmaker’s Choice

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne

Thursday 26 April, 2pm

Admission free. Booking recommended

Join printmaker and collector Patrick Goff for a walk and talk focusing on the Patrick Caulfield works in Inhabit, an exhibition at the Towner from February 17-May 13, which is curated entirely using works from the gallery’s extensive collection of historic, modern and contemporary art.

Phone 01323 434670 or visit

Brighton Festival 2018

Various venues, Brighton and Hove

Saturday Sunday May 5-27

Brighton-based visual artist David Shrigley (pictured) is the guest director at this year’s Brighton Festival, following in the footsteps of arts luminaries including Kate Tempest, Laurie Anderson, Ali Smith, Hofesh Shecter and Michael Rosen. His offbeat take is reflected in an eclectic programme spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, literature and debate, from Brighton Festival commission Problem in Brighton, a brand new alt rock/pop pantomime, written and directed by David Shrigley himself to a live durational reading of Camus’s seminal The Myth of Sisyphus, and performances from genderqueer rock‘n’roll hero Ezra Furman and cult-favourite Amanda Palmer. Alongside Life Model II, a follow-up to the artist’s Turner Prize-nominated installation of the same name, which invites visitors to take part in a life drawing class with a sculpture of a nine-foot-tall woman as the ‘model’, there is an illustrated talk billed as ‘containing numerous rambling anecdotes… not in the slightest bit boring’, and a screening of a documentary about his work. Other events close to the artist’s heart include an exclusive collaboration between orchestral collective Stargaze and one of his favourite bands, Deerhoof; an exhibition by San-Francisco-based artist and trucker Brett Goodroad (picture below); and a double bill from his friend Malcolm Middleton, one half of Arab Strap, and Scottish musician Iain Shaw, whose quirky folk song-smithery has turned Shrigley’s poems into incisive songs on albums like Awesome and Listening to Slayer. Picture of David Shrigley: Victor Frankowski. Picture below: John Janca.

Phone 01273 709709, email or visit

Florence Peake: Rite

First Floor Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Sunday May 6, 7pm

Tickets £7 and £5

Using film, painting and sculpture, Florence Peake explores the idea of the primal body as a vital force for change. Rite offers a layered interpretation of a pivotal moment in modernism’s history: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring composed in 1913 for Sergie Diaghilev’s Bullet Russes and choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. Picture: © Anne Tetzlaff.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

Charleston Festival

Charleston, Firle

Friday-Monday May 18-28

Described as “the home of lively conversation and a search for truth in the spirit of the Bloomsbury Group”, the Charleston Festival this year boasts David Attenborough as its star speaker. Announced as the winner of the annual Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize, he will deliver the annual lecture on the divisive question of whether some animals can justifiably be described as artists. Among other speakers and writers are last year’s Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, the author Jeanette Winterson, Hollywood actress Gemma Arterton, broadcaster David Dimbleby, author Robert Harris, the biographer Claire Tomalin, author Ali Smith, broadcasters Evan Davis, the Newsnight presenter, and Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, who gives an insider’s account of Donald Trump’s presidency, Fat is a Feminist Issue author Susie Orbach, authors Aida Edemariam, Kevin Powers, Kamila Shamsie, Neel Mukherjee and Alexander McCall Smith, poet Simon Armitage, comedian, actor and writer Robert Webb and author Alan Hollinghurst.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Steyning Festival

Various venues in Steyning, Bramber, Beeding, Ashurst, Washington and Ashington

Saturday-Saturday May 26-June 9

Local, national and international talent is showcased during a fortnight of diverse programmed events, an artistic festival run by the community with the community and for the community. The programme covers theatre, music, visual arts including an art trail, walks and tours, literature, talks and community events.

Phone 01903 812062 or visit

Sculpture in Particular

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Saturdays May 26-June 2, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

The 16th century house Pashley Manor hosts an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at its award-winning gardens at the Sculpture in Particular event. The exhibition in the house, which is not usually open to the public, features interior pieces as well as pieces suitable for smaller gardens. The Garden Room café is also hosting an exhibition of floral and botanical art. Picture: Poop Poop by Graham Thrussell/picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit

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