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a Turner Prize nominated artist and young pretenders at Towner Gallery this spring

Richard Billingham – Panoramic
Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
25th April to 28th June 2015

The Towner is presenting a major exhibition by English photographer and artist Richard Billingham, showing together for the first time his panoramic photographs and video work from 2002 to 2014.

Capturing the British countryside, from the South Downs to the Norfolk Fen and Constable Country of East of England, these immersive works explore the rich textures of the landscapes. His panoramic views unearth the particular geology, vegetation, the changing weather and light of these places, some of which he visited over a period of the collected works in Panoramic. They have a visceral aesthetic, revealing Billingham’s emotional and creative relationship to nature and landscape, drawing on his background and sensibilities as a painter. The works reference the pictorial rhetoric of British landscape painters, from the 19th century John Constable to present David Hockney.

Richard Billingham is best known for his 1996 photobook Ray’s A Laugh, which documents the life of his alcoholic father Ray and heavily tattooed mother, Liz. In 2001, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for his solo show at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.

Since Ray’s A Laugh, Billingham has turned his camera away from people, focusing instead on urban and natural landscapes. He has made landscape photographs at places of personal significance around the Black Country and has also worked in video and film. The Towner will also be showing Billingham’s 2012 film work Sweep, which portrays trees moving in wind, commissioned by ArtSway.

Richard Billingham, Untitled

Richard Billingham, Untitled

Annual Schools Exhibition 2015
Towner Gallery, EastbourneFriday 27th March – Sunday 31st May
Flora Twort Gallery, Petersfield: Tuesday 24th March – Sunday 19th April
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery: Saturday 23rd May – Saturday 19th September

The South East’s most popular annual exhibition of art work created by schoolchildren has expanded its reach across Sussex with the addition of two new partner sites: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex and the Flora Twort Gallery, Petersfield, Hampshire.

Working in partnership with the South Downs National Park, Towner and the two galleries will be engaging schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex in a project that draws on the rich resources of the national park and local museums and galleries.

This year’s theme for the exhibition is Our Place: Celebrating the built heritage of the South Downs and invites school children to look at the built heritage of the South Downs – whether ancient or modern, domestic or industrial, places of worship or commemoration.

The project offers art education resource packs, gallery visits, and outdoor sessions to explore the built heritage of the National Park. The project will culminate in exhibitions at the three galleries from March to September 2015. The exhibition will take the form of small scale buildings made by pupils, whose schools will be issued with a 1m² ‘plot of land’ each.

A focus will be made on works from Towner’s Collections by Eric Ravilious, John Piper, Robert Tavener, William Nicholson, William Raine, Harold Mockford, and John R. Biggs. Amongst the works from the Towner’s Collection is an additional loaned work by locally based contemporary artist Wycliffe Stutchbury.

For more information on the Towner gallery visit www.townereastbourne.org.uk.

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