This is part of a series of lunchtime podcasts in which artists and curators discuss how they’ve developed their creative communities, here Polly Wright, Programme Producer at Brighton CCA talks to Esther Collins Head of Learning at Towner Eastbourne.
Esther is an artist and has worked on engagement programmes for the past 13 years. Now at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne as Head of Education, Esther has previously held the positions of Programme Manager: Adults and Community at Cubitt in London, and has held posts and undertaken commissions for Turner Contemporary, National Portrait Gallery, Whitstable Biennale and Bow Arts. As an artist, her participatory work creates space for talking and making, through which participants and artists find common ground both in terms of experience and in their shared discovery of new skills, perspectives and aspirations.
Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for nearly 100 years, Towner Eastbourne presents an ambitious and high quality programme of historic, modern and contemporary art through temporary and collection based exhibitions, talks, events and creative activities for as many as 160,000 visitors each year. Founded in 1923 as a result of a bequest by Alderman John Chisholm Towner to create ‘an art gallery for the people’, this founding ethos remains at the heart of Towner’s mission.