A certain kind of light - Towner Art Gallery February 02 2017 129 Comments

Just a short walk along the seafront from our studio, the Towner Art Gallery is completely unexpected in this traditional seaside town. Eastbourne is lucky to have this award winning space dedicated to contemporary art.

I have been looking forward to visiting the current exhibition since it opened last week, 'A certain kind of light' explores light in art over 6 decades from the 1960's to present day from artists such as Anish Kapoor, Gary Hume, and one of my personal favourites - Rachel Whiteread.

One of the pieces I particularly enjoyed was Katie Paterson's 'Totality'. I listened to an interview with Paterson on the radio a while back, talking about the work and her explorations linking art and science and it was facinating to see the piece in the exhibition. On first glance 'Totality' is a huge mirrorball, bouncing light and reflection, creating layers of moving dots on the surrounding surfaces, but when examined closer you see each mirror is made up of over 10,000 unique eclispes, in fact, featuring every solar eclipse known to humankind.

Here are a few snapshots of the exhibition, (and a short film on our facebook page ) but I would thoroughly recommend a visit to experience for yourself.

A certain kind of light runs until 7th May 2017

Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4JJ

David Batchelor: Festdella 2006

Plastic bottles, low energy lightbulbs and cable, this artwork originally comissioned by the Hayward Gallery is a joyous celebration of light & festivity in supersize!

Peter Sedgley: Corona 1970

PVA and pigment on canvas with kinetic lights, on loan from the Southbank Centre. A mesmerising, pulsating optical sensation where the rings of colour seem to move and blur in contrast to the crisp black square.

Katie Paterson: Totality 2016 (see short film on our Facebook page)


Anish Kapoor: Untitled 1995

Drawing the viewer into the wall, with liquid light, this smooth sensuous stainless steel piece is highly tactile.


Rachel Whiteread: Untitled (6 spaces) 1994

Resin blocks of negative space, in this case the underside of chairs that were once reminiscent of the artists childhood hiding places have now become a series of 3D cubes. In various shades, light is captured within the volume of these objects, like great chunks of turkish delight!