European Regional Development Fund

Business meets Culture at Towner Gallery

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Guests visited Towner's new state of the art cinema facilities celebrating Sussex Modern and enjoy a last look at Ravilious & Co.

Outside Towner Gallery at Daytime, Eastbourne

Locate East Sussex co-hosted a special reception at the national RIBA award-winning Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne in partnership with Towner, De La Warr Pavilion and Team East Sussex (part of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership).

The event brought together cultural and local business leaders, with over 30 local and aspiring business owners to help strengthen connections between the county’s cultural organisations and the wider business community. The event highlighted the exceptional cultural offer of East Sussex to companies considering a move to the county.

Networking and Socialising in the Foyer

During the evening, guests had a chance to visit Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship, enjoying a private tour with the curator, Sara Cooper, of the lauded exhibition about the prolific and much loved Eastbourne artist Eric Ravilious and his contemporaries. They explored the impact this important English artist designer collective had on art and design in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mark Edwards, restaurateur and co-founder of Wünderlust, the Austrian street food trader Fleisch Mob’s pop-up project at Deptford’s Big Red Bus, travelled down from London especially to attend the event. He said ‘Creativity is at the heart of our business model, so it’s been great to meet local contacts in an art gallery. Having all this culture on our doorstep is definitely one of the reasons we decided to move and start our next venture here. East Sussex has a creative vibe that’s different to London and totally unique.’

Guests enjoying canapes from Urbanground

Dan Gorham, co-founder of design agency Twelve Yards Out agreed, ‘there’s definitely more young creative people forsaking London in favour of other creative areas. People want to be somewhere they can be inspired, soak up the culture and inform their own practice.’

The evening also built on the incredibly successful Sussex Modern initiative launched earlier in the year with the hugely successful exhibition Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion, at Two Temple Place in London. More than 50,000 visitors enjoyed the story of diverse and radical artistic communities, initiated by Nathaniel Hepburn of the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, through artworks held by of nine of our main museums and galleries. This programme is encouraging people and businesses to rediscover and enjoy our county’s cultural heritage.

Business Engagement and Interaction in Art Gallery

Other speakers on the night included Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex who said ‘further benefits come from unexpected meetings and unplanned conversations that happen at events like this, when complementary communities come together.’

Stewart Drew, director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion said ‘the growing cultural sophistication and trend-setting the county continues to make is having an even bigger impact.’ Whilst Graham Peters DL, from Team East Sussex, gave a holistic overview of the possibilities that business and the arts have working together with common goals.

State of the Art Cinema Facilities, Guests getting settled

To find out how to hire hosted in Towner’s 84 seat state-of-the-art auditorium and integrated bar/foyer area, please visit Towner's website.

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