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Tigers in Eastbourne

A pioneer of film and video installation will be the third major artist to exhibit at Towner, Eastbourne's new contemporary art museum.

Tigers and Other People, Diana Thater's first solo show in a UK public gallery, opens to the public on 26 September 2009.

Towner's 400m2 Exhibition Gallery will be completely transformed once again, as film footage of tigers, manipulated through innovative editing techniques and light saturation, creates an immersive installation that transcends the natural world and the confines of architecture.

Spearheading film and video installation since the early 1990s, American artist Thater has been a major influence on the genre. She layers her films over the architecture, using light filtration to create ambient and intensely colourful environments in which both the gallery space and the viewer become integral to the work.

The interaction between humans and the natural world is a recurring motif in Thater's work, her subjects often animals that are endangered or nearing extinction. Through her work she explores man's impact on the natural world, both as adversary and custodian, whilst exposing the sometimes startling similarities between animal behaviour and our own.
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Havering's empty shop exhibition

‘Heart of Dixie UK’ in the London Borough of Havering uses an empty shop to provide a temporary space to showcase new talent. In the midst of recession such buildings have become symbolic of a suffering capitalist society and a sign of both the struggles and possibilities the new generation faces.
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Pop Art's True Legacy Considered

A new exhibition at Tate Modern will propose a re-reading of Pop Art's legacy.

Opening at Tate Modern on 1st October 2009, the exhibition will take Andy Warhol's notorious idea that 'good business is the best art' as a starting point in reconsidering the legacy of Pop Art and the influence of the movement's chief protagonist. Pop Life: Art in a Material World looks ahead to the various way that artists since the 1980s have engaged with mass media and have created their own signature 'brands'.

Among the artists represented will be Tracey Emin, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

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Worthing Pier Day

 Seaside fun for all the family is promised on Sunday 20th September at Worthing’s annual Pier Day.

For the first time, Worthing Arts Council have taken over the running of the event and are promising a day packed full of live music, walkabout theatre and children’s activities.

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Brighton Art Fair 2009

Brighton Art Fair is the largest single visual art exhibition on the South Coast.

Showcasing over 120 contemporary artists and attracting a capacity audience of over 5000 visitors each year, Brighton Art Fair has built a strong reputation for exhibiting exceptional quality artwork in a welcoming, friendly environment.

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The Sacred Made Real at National Gallery

Created to shock the senses and stir the soul… The Sacred Made Real presents a landmark reappraisal of religious art from the Spanish Golden Age.

Paintings including masterpieces by Diego Velázquez and Francisco de Zurbarán are displayed for the very first time alongside Spain’s remarkable painted sculptures.

These sculptures have never been the subjects of a major exhibition. Still passionately venerated in monasteries, churches and processions across the Iberian Peninsula, very few of these sculptures have ever been exhibited overseas.

During the Spanish Counter-Reformation, religious patrons, particularly the Dominican, Carthusian and Franciscan orders, challenged painters and sculptors to bring the sacred to life. The exhibition brings together some of the finest depictions of key Christian themes including the Passion of Christ, the Immaculate Conception and the portrayal of saints.

By installing 16 painted sculptures and 16 paintings side-by-side, the exhibition aims to show that the ‘hyperrealistic’ approach of painters such as Velázquez and Zurbarán was clearly informed by their familiarity – and in some cases direct involvement – with sculpture.

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Colchester's arts GiFT

Colchester gets a new arts festival this month with the launch of GiFT.
Arts and cultural events for all ages taking place in Colchester from 12th September to 11th October will be inspired by people, places, stories and memories of Colchester.
GiFT celebrates the rich diversity of Colchester’s heritage, and gives professional artists the opportunity to work alongside local people to create experiences.

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Southern Ceramic Group

 Worthing Museum and Art Gallery hosts their first exhibition of the Southern Ceramic Group this autumn in the Art Gallery.

With a membership of over 120 professional and amateur makers, teachers, students, collectors and enthusiasts spread wide across the southern counties, the Southern Ceramic Group has been showing, selling and demonstrating for almost 35 years.

Formed in 1975 by a small group of enterprising potters, all members share a fascination for the medium of clay. Their aim is to
enable potters and sculptors to meet other like-minded people and share ideas and techniques.

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Iceberg hits Hastings for Coastal Currents

An area of beach on Hastings seafront is being transformed overnight into a square white carpet covering 1600 square metres during the Coastal Currents festival. Closer inspection reveals that the beach has been covered in pure white chalk, setting it in bright contrast to the light brown pebble beach around it.

Is this a magical piece of reflective sunlight that will speed up tanning in the post climate change costa del East Sussex? Is this a ghost of chalk cliffs already eroded? Or the premonition  of an iceberg that will come down the Channel as the Polar ice cap melts for all time?

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Comedy circuit favourite and Radio 4 star to headline Worthing gig

The UK’s top one-liner writer and gagster Milton Jones headlines the latest Matt’s Comedy Club night in Worthing next month.

Since his debut on the comedy circuit in the mid-90s, Milton has crafted an enviable reputation as one of the funniest gag men on the live circuit, as well as featuring regularly on TV and in his own BBC Radio 4 series.

Described as “King of the surreal one-liners” by The Times, he has been Perrier-nominated for his Edinburgh shows and in 2003 won the Time Out ‘Best Comedy Performance’ Award as well as a Bronze Sony Award in 2000 for The Very World of Milton Jones (BBC Radio 4).

“As a fledgling comedy club, it’s great for us to be able to get someone of Milton’s pedigree,” says organiser and host Russ Bravo. “We expect tickets to go fast.”