Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes

Towner Art Gallery and Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival work together to represent local schools

Towner Art Gallery and Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival work together to represent local schools

Towner Art Gallery is teaming up with Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival to take their Annual Schools Exhibition on the road. The gallery’s much loved exhibition is one of the UK’s largest displays of children’s artwork and this year more than 1,500 children from 32 schools in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas have taken part in free workshops with carnival artists Same Sky.

Speaking about Towner’s participation in the carnival, its president Stephen Lloyd said: “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Towner as partners in this year’s Sunshine Carnival. Their passion for community work matches both what our Carnival stands for and also mirrors this year’s carnival theme: Our Community – Our World. The support they will bring in encouraging and enabling local schools to take part is also a real plus. Now into our sixth year, having the Towner Art Gallery on board as a partner illustrates just how popular and successful the event has become and demonstrates its significance in the town’s events calendar.”

Children at Polegate Primary School with their artwork for Eastbourne Carnival

Children at Polegate Primary School with their artwork for Eastbourne Carnival

Drawing ideas from Eric Ravilious, a key artist within the Towner collection, the project has looked at friendship including the role of tea parties and ceremonies inspired by Six Cups: Designs for Wedgewood (1937). This links into both this year’s carnival theme and the gallery’s upcoming exhibition Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship which opens on the day of the carnival.

The artwork made by the children will be displayed in Towner’s section of the carnival procession, which takes place on Saturday 27th May at the earlier start time of 2pm and will follow the established route down Eastbourne’s seafront from Western Lawns to Princes Park.

Towner’s Head of Learning Marina Castledine said:  “It has been a delight to work with so many schools. The art created is a credit to all the children, teachers and artists. We can’t wait to take to the streets!”

More information on the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival and details of how to join in can be found at www.eastbournecarnival.co.uk