Towner Art Gallery's new director curates a personal response to the renowned collection with a selection spanning a period of one hundred years
Rather than presenting a themed selection, Hill aims to examine how the selection process itself can further an individual’s understanding of place, perception and aspiration through its collections.
The title for the show is taken from a Francis Bacon painting that belongs to Hill’s home town, the former mining and textiles community of Batley in West Yorkshire. The town currently sits in the top 10% of the most deprived communities in England and Wales. Bacon’s Figure Study II is on long-term loan to the National Museum of Scotland – the town's gallery closed in the early 1980s – and Hill is interested in understanding how the collection could have played a role in developing a new post-industrial identity for the area and contributed to the aspiration and sense of pride amongst its younger population.
A series of new displays at Towner, selected by a range of invited guests and groups, aims to give the people of Eastbourne and the surrounding area an opportunity to get to know their collection.
This display includes work by artists such as Holly Downing, Elisabeth Frink, Richard Hamilton, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Victor Pasmore, John Piper, Walter Sickert and Thomas Joshua Cooper.