Michael Rakowitz, April is the cruellest month, 2021
Installation view at Towner Eastbourne
What does a public collection look like in the 21st century? Which artists and artworks get acquired for a gallery collection and which get displayed? How are these decisions made and who is making them? What does a town’s collection say about its communities?
In Towner’s one-hundredth year, these are some of the questions that we hope to engage with by highlighting a selection of new acquisitions that have joined our permanent collection more recently. Towner’s is a Living Collection, one that has developed over time and continues to reflect the ambitions of the organisation to support artists at all stages of their careers – collecting both emerging and contemporary artists as well as works by modern British artists.