Coastal Culture Trail, East Sussex 18-20 October 2013

The De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Gallery, and Towner – three of the most exciting visual arts galleries in the UK – have joined forces to create a cultural trail which promises a fabulous weekend of great art, great food and the great outdoors. The three award-winning galleries share a stunning 20 mile stretch of East Sussex coastline, which – less than 90 minutes from London – is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
Following the success of the launch of the Coastal Culture Trail in June this year, the galleries will be running a second autumn Coastal Culture Trail from the 18-20 October, during which there will be a variety of special events taking place across the three galleries. Below is a suggested itinerary; however, visitors are encouraged to create their own itineraries from the ‘What’s On?’ section.

Friday 18 October
Spend the evening at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings for a night of art and gourmet food. Exclusive after-hours access to the galleries will allow visitors to browse the permanent collection of 20th and 21st century British art, as well as the exhibition of monumental abstract painting by Basil Beattie, before enjoying a meal in the first floor café, overlooking Hastings’ fishing beach. The supper will be freshly prepared by Webbe’s chefs using locally sourced ingredients.

Saturday 19 October
Enjoy wandering the historic streets of Hastings’ picturesque Old Town. There are a number of excellent quirky boutiques and cafés and the antique shops are a great place to pick up a bargain. Test your skills on one of the crazy golf courses on the seafront or take Hastings funicular railway to the East Hill and enjoy the views over the town and sea. If you are staying in Hastings for the evening, join in with the local bonfire celebrations. The spectacular torch-lit procession, starting from The Stade, commemorates the Battle of Hastings and the gunpowder plot and ends with a bonfire and firework display. http://www.hbbs.info/

From Hastings you can take a 10 minute train journey to Bexhill. Alternatively, rent a bike and enjoy the coastal cycle route, which runs from Hastings to Bexhill. http://www.bexhillbicycle.com

Join a free tour around the De La Warr Pavilion and find out more about the history of this iconic modernist building. After a bite to eat in the Pavilion’s café, visit the Universal Addressability of Dumb Things exhibition, curated by Turner Prize-winning artist, Mark Leckey. This is the final weekend of the exhibition which explores the magical world of new technology, and traces its connections to the beliefs of our distant past. You can join in the free afternoon workshop with writer, Christine Harmar-Brown, who will be using annotation to question what and how we see everyday objects. Alternatively, take a walk on Bexhill’s new contemporary seafront or browse the independent shops for vintage bargains and gifts. If you are staying the night, or coming back on Sunday, you can visit a local arts and crafts fair at the Sackville Hotel.

Sunday 20 October
Take the short train journey to Eastbourne (15 minutes from Bexhill or 25 minutes from Hastings) and experience Towner’s mix of traditional and cutting edge contemporary art. Don’t miss the immersive installation exhibition by Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota. Then head to the Collection Gallery for a display from Towner’s renowned collection of nearly 5,000 historic, modern and contemporary works – featuring artists such as Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden and David Bomberg. Join a free Towner tour and find out more about the architecture and the history of the gallery.
Towner sits at the foot of the South Downs National Park so, after taking in the striking views of the Downs from Towner’s café bar, why not round off the weekend with a walk in some of the South’s most beautiful countryside? From Eastbourne it is a short journey to Beachy Head, the Long Man of Wilmington and the Cuckmere Valley – areas of outstanding natural beauty which have inspired many of Britain’s most celebrated artists.

Whats On?

Exhibitions

Universal Addressability of Dumb Things
Until Sun 20 Oct 2013
De La Warr Pavilion
Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey has curated an exhibition that explores the magical world of new technology, as well as tracing its connections to the beliefs of our distant past. Historical and contemporary works of art, videos, machines, archaeological artefacts and iconic object inhabit an “enchanted landscape” created in the Pavilion’s galleries, where objects seem to be communicating with each other and with us.

Chiharu Shiota: Other Side
11 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Towner
Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating monumental yet delicate environments. Towner has commissioned Shiota to create an ambitious, immersive installation that will pervade our entire gallery space.

Basil Beattie: Promises, Promises
12 October 2013- 8 January 2014
Jerwood Gallery
This awe-inspiring exhibition, guest curated by the art historian and critic Mel Gooding, puts into focus Basil Beattie’s most recent work, largely unseen. Beattie is celebrated for his powerful, large scale abstract works in which he employs pictograms and spatial components, such as tunnels, steps and ladders, to explore the limits and possibilities of abstract pictorial space.

Philip Guston
12 October 2013- 8 January 2014
Jerwood Gallery
Contextualising the Basil Beattie exhibition is a one room display of painting and lithographs by the American artist, Philip Guston (1913-1980). Beattie saw Philip Guston’s Whitechapel show in 1962 and was later strongly influenced by his work. The lithographs on display are from a series of 25 prints and are a lasting testament to Guston’s fascination with line and the act of drawing.

Marlow Moss
12 October – 23 April 2014
Jerwood Gallery
This Tate-touring exhibition features a group of important works by Marlow Moss (1889-1958), now regarded as one of Britain’s most important Constructivist artists.

Events

Building Tour
Friday 18 October, 11.30am/2.00pm, free
Towner
Learn about the building and its award-winning architecture on this free tour and have a brief look in Towner’s Collection store, which houses over 4000 works.

Jerwood Gallery Supper Club
Friday 18 October, £30 per head (includes gallery admission)
Jerwood Gallery
Spend the evening at the Jerwood Gallery for a night of art and gourmet food. Exclusive after-hours access to the galleries will allow visitors to browse the Jerwood Collection as well as our exhibitions before enjoying a meal in the first floor café, overlooking Hastings’ fishing beach.
Full payment must be made on booking. To book, please call 01424 751137.

Building Tour
Saturday 19 October, 11.30am/2.00pm, free
Towner
Learn about the building and its award-winning architecture on this free tour and have a brief look in Towner’s Collection store, which houses over 4,000 works.

Pavilion Tour
Saturday 19 October 12 noon, free
De La Warr Pavilion
Enjoy a tour of the De La Warr Pavilion and learn the stories behind the creation and restoration of this much loved and internationally important building.

Acts of Annotation
Saturday 19 October 1-4pm, free
De La Warr Pavilion
Join writer Christine Harmar-Brown for a free interactive workshop. Using annotation we will question what and how we see everyday objects and the stories attached to them. Christine will be looking in the non-gallery spaces for items to annotate – she might even use your handbag!
Booking required, to book call
01424 229 111.

Family Arts Festival Screening of Brave (PG)
Saturday 19 October, 2pm, £4
De La Warr Pavilion
As part of the Family Arts Festival, De La Warr Pavilion will be hosting a special screening of the multi award-winning animated film, Brave.

Architectural Tour
Saturday 19 October, 2pm, free on admission
Jerwood Gallery
Find out more about the award-winning architecture of the Jerwood Gallery, designed by HAT Projects in this special free building tour.

Children’s Trail
Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October, free on admission
Jerwood Gallery
The Jerwood Gallery children’s trail uses drawing and problem solving to help children take a closer look at the works in our exhibition and collection.

Mapping Futuropolis Family Workshop
Sunday 20 October, 11am-4pm, free
De La Warr Pavilion
Futuropolis is an imaginary city of the future. What might its buildings, parks, roads and bridges look like? Help us draw a gigantic map of Futuropolis, as we explore how cities grow in relation to the landscape around them. This all-day family drawing and mapping event is part of the Family Festival. It will help to prepare us for the Big Draw at the end of the month, when a 3D Futuropolis will be built in the auditorium for everyone to draw on.

Collection Talk
Sunday 20 October, 2pm, free on admission
Jerwood Gallery
Find out more about the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British art in our series of free collection talks

Where To Eat

Bexhill
De La Warr Pavilion Café Bar http://www.dlwp.com/eat-and-drink/
Trattoria Italiana http://www.trattoriaitaliana.co.uk/

Eastbourne
Towner Café Bar– enjoy on our balcony with views over the Downs!

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/about-us/visitor-information/cafe-bar/

Visit Grand Bocca, Eastbourne’s newest and hottest foodie destination, for dinner on
Friday or Saturday evening

Hastings
Webbe’s at Jerwood – Jerwood Gallery’s café serves a range dishes, perfect for lunch or
afternoon tea. The café’s supper clubs offer gourmet evening meals in the setting of the
gallery, using the best local produce. http://www.jerwoodgallery.org/cafe
Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore – Just across the road to the Jerwood Gallery, this restaurant specialises in excellent and locally caught seafood.

http://www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk/webbes-rock-a-nore/

There are a number of other great cafés and restaurants in Hastings Old Town, offering a wide variety of food, from fish and chips to fine dining.

Where To Stay

Bexhill
Buenoes Aires B&B http://www.buenosairesguesthouse.com
Coast B&B – http://www.coastbexhill.co.uk
Other lovely B&Bs can be found at http://www.dlwp.com/visit-us/staying-locally

Eastbourne
The Devonshire Park http://www.devonshire-park-hotel.co.uk
The Big Sleep – http://www.thebigsleephotel.com/home.asp?hotelid=4
Cavendish Hotel – http://www.cavendishhotel.co.uk
The Da Vinci Art Hotel – http://www.davinci.uk.com
The Grand – http://www.grandeastbourne.com

Hastings
Hastings House – http://www.hastingshouse.co.uk
The Old Rectory http://www.theoldrectoryweddingvenue.co.uk
Swan House – http://www.swanhousehastings.co.uk
The White Rock Hotel http://www.thewhiterockhotel.com
Zanzibar – http://www.zanzibarhotel.co.uk

Further Information

http://www.discoverbexhill.com
http://www.visit1066country.com
http://www.visiteastbourne.com

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