Towner International: Open Call

Lothar Götz, Dance Diagonal, 2019. Photos: Jim Stephenson

Towner International: Open Call
Open call for British and International artists for major UK exhibition

Application deadline: January 17, 2020, 3:15pm

Towner International is a major new biennial exhibition of contemporary art that will take place in 2020, featuring British and International artists at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK. Artists can submit works for consideration to Towner International through an online Open Call process. An esteemed panel of guest judges including Polly Staple (Director, Chisenhale Gallery) and Noelle Collins, (Curator, Towner Art Gallery) will select artists for the inaugural Towner International exhibition. The Brewers Prize of GBP 10,000 will be awarded to an overall winner chosen from the exhibiting artists.

The institution welcomes submissions from professional artists working in all media, including but not restricted to painting, drawing, print, sculpture, sound, performance, photography, film and installation.

Submissions can be made by artists working across the UK and internationally, at least one third of exhibiting artists will be selected from Towner’s coastal region – being born or based in Sussex, Kent and Hampshire.

While this is primarily an opportunity to present work within Towner’s gallery spaces, site specific and off-site installations in the Eastbourne area will also be considered. All works submitted must be available for exhibition from June 13 to September 6, 2020.

Towner’s location on England’s South Coast has been at the core of the gallery’s identity for almost a century and Towner welcomes submissions from artists with a connection to this unique coastal region. For almost 100 years, landscape and location have shaped key concerns within Towner’s programme and defined the gallery’s Collection. As Towner launches this open call, the United Kingdom is undergoing the monumental and arduous transition of leaving the European Union. Considerations of place, identity, landscape and environment have become increasingly significant as we anticipate the consequences of this action, and now more than ever it is important to open opportunities for an international conversation. The exhibition hopes to address how the artistic community is recording and responding to economic, political, cultural, and environmental changes that are unfolding across the World today.

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