Guest curators announced for new experimental arts programme for Eastbourne

Guest curators including choreographers AΦE; visual artists Larry Achiampong & David Blandy; and photographer Helen Cammock announced for new experimental arts programme for Eastbourne  

Eastbourne-based Community Interest Company Devonshire Collective is announcing the launch of an ambitious new arts programme that aims to reveal another side of the Sussex seaside town.

A visual arts, live art and performance season will see visual artists Larry Achiampong & David Blandy; photographer Helen Cammock; and choreographers AΦE curate work by national and international artists.

The season kicks off next month with an exhibition of wearable sculpture by London-Berlin-based artist Ana Rajcevic [21 Oct-12 Nov] followed by the first of three Digital Weekenders [25-26 Nov] both of which are curated by choreographers AΦE.

Amy Zamarripa-Solis, Programme Development Manager at Devonshire Collective, says: “Ana Rajcevic’s work is beautiful and challenging – her sculptural pieces bring to mind the origins of life and the future of society, prosthetics and aesthetics. As well as her sculptures, we will be showing photography and video of her interactive collaborative work.”

Devonshire Collective intends its Digital Weekenders to provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to get playful with digital arts and culture; as well as bringing together arts practitioners working with technology and digital to learn and share.

Amy continues: “We are excited to bring to Eastbourne some really progressive artists working in and thinking about digital technology – Tim Exile, Circa69, Tim Maughan and many others.”

The result of a successful bid for more than £55,000 funding from Arts Council England, together with £15,000 from Devonshire Big Local, this investment recognises Devonshire Collective’s much needed support for Eastbourne’s creative community. Since establishing in 2016, Devonshire Collective has supported over 100 artists, 56 of whom have gone on to become members, helping them to raise more than £15,000 for community projects.

Threshold aims to reveal a lively community of young families, professionals, and creatives who have an appetite for alternative and cutting-edge art and culture, whilst supporting the regeneration programme of Devonshire Ward and Seaside by raising the profile of the town’s creative and cultural offer.

For further information, interviews and images please contact Chloe Barker, PR Consultant, on 07921 866109 or chloegudrun@live.co.uk

About Devonshire Collective

www.devonshirecollective.org.uk

Devonshire Collective CIC is a creative and cultural hub in Devonshire Ward, Eastbourne with artist studios, maker spaces, workshops, gallery and café for the benefit of artists, community members and the wider public.

Our venues include DC1 Cafe & Gallery (67-69 Seaside Rd), DC2 Artist Studios & Maker spaces (137-139 Seaside Rd) and DC3 Workshop Space (1-5 Seaside), plus 2 associate venues, Royal Hippodrome & Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre.

We support a thriving artist membership scheme, deliver a high quality arts programme and develop emerging, mid-career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum.

Through our work as an independent social enterprise, we provide opportunities for community engagement, nurturing social cohesion and supporting cultural and economic regeneration.

The Devonshire Collective’s guiding principles are to:

Become an artistic resource

Support and develop emerging, mid-career and established artists across the visual and performance spectrum

Promote socially engaged creative practice

Create opportunities for community engagement

Offer training and professional development

Encourage, promote and practice wider social benefits

Devonshire Collective is a registered Community Interest Company (10423887).

IMAGE: ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution (2012). Wearable sculpture by Ana Rajcevic. Photo: Fernando Lessa. Model Anna Tatton.

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