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Drawn to Music - Artists in Cahoots


Thursday 17th August 2023
6.00 – 8.00pm


Towner Eastbourne
Devonshire Park
College Road
Eastbourne  BN21 4JJ
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Arpita Shah artist talk: Photography, community and collaboration


Wednesday 21st June 2023
6.30 – 8.00 pm


67–69 Seaside Road
BN21 3PL

Thursday 17 August
6.00 – 8.00 pm 
(Event starts 6.30 - 7.30pm)

Towner Eastbourne
ire Park, College Road

BN21 4JJ

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Drawn to Music - Artists in Cahoots

(image: Music from the rooftops)

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Clive Whitburn’s music has been performed in theatres, venues, and festivals throughout the UK, in America, and on BBC and Australian radio. He’s been a longstanding member and supporter of BMN.  His music is the common thread of the work being shown, sometimes the music is the stimulus for the visual, and sometimes it supports the drawn element. Clive, Cliff Crawford, Stephanie Grainger, and Ray Burnside are all BMN members, working in different disciplines who have worked collaboratively on several projects: this event is all about those collaborations and how they evolved. There will be a brief talk, showing of film clips and an opportunity for you to hear of some of Clive’s music.    @cliffcrawfordartist.

This Event is free for BMN members,  and £5 for non-members on the night. ​

If you are planning on attending one of our events and have any access needs, please let us know in advance.


Blue Monkey Network is run by artists for artists, in partnership with Towner Eastbourne, and is entirely funded by membership subscriptions and donations. Many thanks to all our supporters.

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The archive – an online talk with artist Agata Read
Thursday 21st March 6.15-7.30 pm
(talk starts at 6.30 pm)
Online via Zoom

“The objects for which there is no satisfactory resolution.”

This quote from Joan Didion refers to various mementos, “things” left behind by loved ones accumulated over time in boxes and drawers. The personal archives.

I question this statement trying to examine the ways we build and sustain archives and ask how we as artists can give a second life to those objects.

In the first part of my talk, I will look at different kinds of archives, their narrative power and art practices that mobilize the model of the archive.  I will then share the process and challenges in digitalising the photo collection at the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.


Artist talk at Project 78 Gallery by Agata Read
Thursday 20th July 2023
6.00 – 8.00pm

Project 78
78 Norman Road
St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex TN38 0EJ

We will meet in The Project 78 Gallery in St. Leonards for an out-of-hours artist talk by Agata Read during her exhibition.  Agata is a Blue Monkey member and a visual artist based in St. Leonards. Her research interests include the relationship between photography, feminism, and thread as well as the process of intervening in the material structure of photography.  She will give us a tour of her exhibition and talk about her main artistic and research ideas related to the works shown.  For more information.

(image: Aglaia, from the series: Moirai. Size: 72cm x 72cm)

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In the footsteps of Babs
Thursday 17th August 2023
6.00 – 8.00 pm

Towner Eastbourne
Devonshire Park, College Road
BN21 4JJ

In April this year Blue Monkey artist member Nikki Davidson-Bowman attended a symposium “(M)otherhood” at Tate St Ives, inspired by the Barbara Hepworth exhibition ’Art & Life’ that was there before coming to Towner.  Using Hepworth as her muse and inspirations from the symposium, Nikki will take us on a subjective meander through holes, threads, life & art from her viewpoint as an artist mother.

Nikki is a conceptual artist working with found things - vintage photographs, ephemera, words, and natural finds from therapeutic walking - to explore female stories of resilience.

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