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Out of Hours – The Brewers International Open

19th January 2023 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Towner Eastbourne Devonshire Park, College Road Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

Left to right: Agata Read, Sharon Haward, Noelle Collins & Benjamin Philips

Blue Monkey Network were pleased to have the opportunity to access this exhibition out of hours. We were joined by Towner Curator Noelle Collins along with a couple of participatingartists, Sharon Haward and Benjamin Philips and Agata Read @agiread who led the talk. This was a highly successful, well turned-out event for our first BM meeting of the year. As well as hearing about the awarded works and the artists’ work process we were also able to hear more from Noelle about her role as curator and working with the artists. Thanks to everyone involved for a extremely interesting evening.

The Brewers Towner International is an exhibition of contemporary visual arts, featuring sculpture, paintings, moving image, photography and prints by a range of artists, local, national and international. Selected through an open call earlier this year, the artists have come together to share work that addresses the theme of SANCTUARY.

Sharon Haward is a Blue Monkey Network member whose practice is essentially a sculptural one that is informed by architecture and its impact on the human form. She moves between making small-scale objects and larger-scale interventions that create direct physical relationships with the viewer and the surrounding environment. @sharonhaward

Benjamin Phillips is an illustrator, artist, and author based in Hastings, UK. From his studio, he creates ceramics, drawings and paintings for a wide range of commercial and personal projects. Twice a month, Benjamin runs workshops for two artists with disabilities where they create collaborative artworks together, and since 2021 he has been working collaboratively with Amy Fenton.

Left to right: Benjamin Philips and Noelle Collins give their talks at the Brewers International Open, Towner Eastbourne. (image credit: Brian Booker @rekoobb1)


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