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Last Chance to See Turner Prize 2023

Jesse Darling, Turner Prize 2023 at Towner Eastbourne. Photo by Angus Mill

April 2024 marks the last chance to see Turner Prize 2023, at Towner Eastbourne and a range of exhibitions, events and outdoor installations for Eastbourne ALIVE.

One of the world’s best-known prizes for the visual arts, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary art. The winner of Turner Prize 2023, Jesse Darling works in sculpture, installation, video, drawing, sound, text and performance, using a ‘materialist poetics’ to explore and reimagine the everyday technologies that represent how we live. Darling’s exhibition appears alongside the exhibitions by the three other nominees, exhibitions by Ghislaine LeungRory Pilgrim and Barbara Walker.

Meanwhile, Eastbourne ALIVE continues to animate spaces across Eastbourne with public art and interventions. Highly acclaimed works by Michael Rakowitz, Helen Cammock, Nathan Coley, Jason Bruges and Eve De Haan can be seen dotted across the town centre until April 2024. A new range of Eastbourne ALIVE projects, simultaneously, also launch for 2024.  These include a portrait studio open to all to celebrate Lunar New Year, a new community engagement project at Motcombe Pool Caretaker’s House, and new manifestos for the future of Eastbourne put forward for and by young people. Devonshire Collective’s public space interventions can be found on Eastbourne Pier, the seafront at the Redoubt Fortress and Marine Parade Gardens until Spring 2024. In the centre of town, Sophie Wright’s Crystal Cave Meditation Pod brings a moment of calm and serenity at Eastbourne Library, where visitors are invited to step into the pod, listen to a meditation affirmation on the headphones and drift away with the soothing lights installation within the pod. The pod is open during Eastbourne library’s usual hours until March 2024. 

We are delighted that audiences can continue to experience Turner Prize 2023 and a wide new range of Eastbourne ALIVE projects as the days get longer this Spring. There is a range of events to get involved with if you’d like to get your portrait taken or join for a creative workshop or walking tour, or if you are a young person in Eastbourne looking to input on our town’s creative future. Turner Prize 2023 is also not to be missed, it’s had rave reviews nationally and internationally and I look forward to seeing our audiences enjoy the final few months of this prestigious exhibition here in Sussex

Joe Hill, Director, Towner Eastbourne

Turner Prize 2023, Until 14th April 2024, Towner Eastbourne

Further events and scheduled workshops:

Grace Lau, ‘Portraits in a Chinese Studio’. Photos ©Grace Lau.

Eastbourne ALIVE Walking Tours will also take place on the same three weekends on Saturday 10th Feb, Saturday 17th Feb and Saturday 24th Feb setting out from Eastbourne Station at 10.00am. The tour will visit Eastbourne ALIVE public art works, The Big Conversation at The Beacon and Grace Lau’s pop-up Portraits in a Chinese Studio coinciding with the Lunar New Year 2024 celebrations. 

Eastbourne ALIVE are also working with Renee Vaughan Sutherland and Flo Wright on their residency at Motcombe Pool Caretaker’s House. Their findings and work will be presented as an exhibition 20 to 23 February from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 24 to 25 February from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Motcombe Pool Caretaker’s House. Renee Vaughan Sutherland’s residency is focused on The Bourne, the freshwater stream that serves as the source of water for Motcombe Pool (when it is operational), centring on the historical and recent experiences of the location. Florence Wright will embark on a period of research and experimentation; drawing upon the house itself as the subject, with specific attention to objects, memories and histories from within. Wright is inviting members of the public into the space to share their memories in facilitated creative workshops. Workshops take place between 2 February and 16 February and can be booked via Eastbourne ALIVE’s website.


The Year 9 school programme by Eastbourne ALIVE and Towner Eastbourne continues until March 2024, with Mondays being solely booked for local year 9 students to visit the Turner Prize 2023 exhibition spaces. 

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