We have been to Eastbourne loads of times, but somehow never get familiar with the place.
|Elm tree in Eastbourne|
We started off with coffee in the Towner Gallery. I have written plenty of posts about previous visits, and how it compares with the Jerwood in Hastings, so I won't go on about it. This time, there was an exhibition of truly enormous monochrome sea paintings by John Virtue. We quite liked them, but after a bit, seen one and you'd seen them all... Here's an example.
|John Virtue - seascape in the Towner|
Then there was work by Ori Gersht, an Israeli who photographs places where really horrible things have happened. Philosopher and I were much struck by 'The Forest', a film made in Ukraine, in a remote clearing where many Jews were shot in WW2. At first, the forest seemed beautiful and tranquil, but then trees crash down, one after another, some silently, some with deafening crashes. I read that it relates to:
'If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?'
This is more Philosopher's department.
One of my favourite things about the Towner is the view out of the window to the tennis lawns.
|Looking out of the Towner window|
|Hare card by Mark Heald|
|Fish flask by Allister Malcolm....|
|....in Battleaxe's downstairs loo|
We also saw this, of houses near us in Old London Road, Ore, by local artist Graham Sendall. It is not a very good photo but I am including it because of local interest.
|Sunbeam Terrace - Graham Sendall|
Next, Waitrose - still have to look on Google maps to find the quickest way. There are some interesting little shops in the streets behind the supermarket, incredible Arts and Crafts houses in the residential roads nearby, and the Manor Gardens, entered through an unaccountably spooky gateway, opposite.
|This Ravilious woodcut, Manor Gardens 1927, from the Towner collection, is possibly the same place?|
|Countin House pub - handy for Waitrose|
|Buccaneer pub, near the theatres|
|Deco style Pearl Court, Cornwallis Terrace|