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New self-penned album inspires new Locorriere date at Worthing Pavilion

Just a few weeks after the release of Dennis Locorriere’s new album Post Cool, the much-loved local and singer whose distinctive voice features on every Dr Hook hit will visit the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing.

 As the lead singer with Dr Hook, Dennis Locorriere featured on over 60 gold and platinum-selling albums, with songs such as If Not You, Sylvia‘s Mother and When You‘re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. Dr Hook’s angst-filled songs made them one of America’s most successful acts of the 70s and 80s, now Dennis’ solo career continues to attract famous fans as his self-penned hits are recorded by artists such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

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'Skin Deep' Exhibition at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

Worthing boasts a fine stable of living, breathing artists, and the jewel in Worthing's architectural crown, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, is the perfect setting to display this collection of art by the Sussex Road Group, exploring interpretations on the theme of Skin Deep.

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Jon Edgar: Carvings and Claywork at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery presents forty sculptures spanning the last decade, by the Frink School-trained artist Jon Edgar. We are proud to be hosting Worthing’s first solo show of Edgar’s work, which extends beyond the Garden and Garden Gallery to all around the museum and art gallery.

There are a number of reasons why Jon Edgar wanted to exhibit here at Worthing. After returning to live in West Sussex, he was drawn to Worthing’s Frink Desert Quartet, Worthing Museum’s quality public collection, and the proximity to his birthplace in Rustington.

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Rude Britannia: British Comic Art

In summer 2010, Tate Britain will collaborate with a host of comic talent to present Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, a ground-breaking exhibition about the role of humour in British visual culture.

Through a great diversity of art forms – including painting, drawing, sculpture, film and photography – comedy, the comic, and visual humour will be explored in their many dimensions. The exhibition will be presented and interpreted by some of the country’s best-known cartoonists and comedy writers including Steve Bell, Harry Hill, Gerald Scarfe, and the team at Viz Magazine. Their expertise and opinion will offer visitors a fresh take on comic traditions from the 1600s to the present day, and encourage debate around the wider role of humour in British life.

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Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera at Tate Modern

This summer Tate Modern will present Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, a fascinating insight into photographic images made surreptitiously or without the explicit permission of those depicted. Spanning a variety of lens-based media from the late nineteenth century to the present day, the exhibition will offer an illuminating and provocative perspective on subjects both iconic and taboo.


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Catalyst Arts Spring Festival

Catalyst Arts, the educational organisation that is seeking to encourage a renaissance in the creative arts returns with its Spring Festival Arts School in April 2010.

Catalyst Arts brings its programme of Visual Arts workshops, Special Events, Community Music Day and Arts for the Disabled and Children’s Activities into public view as part of the Eastbourne Festival arts bonanza.

The Festival, now in its second year, runs from 3rd April – 25th April 2010, literally scattering arts projects, from Open House exhibitions to public participation events, across the Eastbourne cultural scene.


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Towner Long-Listed for 100,000 Art Fund Prize 2010

Towner in Eastbourne is one of eleven institutions long-listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize, the UK’s largest single arts prize. The long list has been selected by a panel of Judges chaired this year by broadcaster Kirsty Young. Traditionally the long list comprises ten, but for the 2010 Prize eleven institutions have been nominated, attesting to the high quality and volume of applications received.
Towner, the contemporary art museum for the South East, is the £8.6 million new home of Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery which opened to the public in April 2009. The dramatic new building provides Towner with a range of purpose built spaces that enable it to operate as a regional centre of excellence for the visual arts, allowing major exhibitions of contemporary and historical art to be presented alongside changing displays of the important Towner Collection. With its collection of mainly 20th century British Art, and an emerging collection of international contemporary art, Towner is at the forefront of gallery learning and research in the UK, and offers a wide range of public programmes.

Of the nomination, Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris, said “It is a wonderful privilege that Towner has been recognised for the largest and most prestigious arts prize in the UK; this really is the icing on the cake at the end of an incredible first year for Towner. The prize is awarded to a museum or gallery that demonstrates originality, imagination and excellence, and we are thrilled that the judges have recognised all of these qualities in Towner. Now we really hope we can win the judges hearts and scoop the grand prize; please do your bit by visiting the Art Fund website and casting your vote in the online poll!”

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Petworth House Textiles Fair 2010 22nd and 23rd May

Petworth House is hosting this exciting and enjoyable event, designed to bring together a wide variety of the “Textile Arts”. Following a short walk or ride through the beautiful Pleasure Grounds visitors will find the event taking place in three locations.

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Empty Shops Network on tour

Exploring empty shops is about celebrating local distinctiveness - that's the thinking behind a new project from the Empty Shops Network.

Touring to six towns across England, the project will also show local communities how to use empty shops for meanwhile projects - in fact each project will last less than a week from start to finish. That week will involved public meetings, informal training for local artists, and showcase the tools needed to run empty shops projects.

The tour has been organised by the Empty Shops Network, with the first event happening just a week after the project was conceived at a meeting of organisations involved in bringing empty shops and spaces into meanwhile use.

'Tell me about Oswald Denniston' takes place in Brixton Village from 1st-6th February. The tour is supported by the Meanwhile Project, and the Brixton event is using a space provided by the Space Makers Agency.

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Toovey's choice - Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Who would turn down an invitation to browse the stores of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery's celebrated fine art collection and make their own personal selection for our new Norwood Gallery display? Our long term champions and supporters Toovey's Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers certainly wouldn't, and they had a lot of fun doing it!