Nightclubbing at a museum

 

By Paul Healey

Eastbourne Towner contemporary art museum held a Museums at Night nightclub event on Saturday 19th May.

Live music was provided by the Guillotines and the Ken Ardley Playboys – the band of artist Bob & Roberta Smith.

In a UK first, the gallery was transformed into the nightclub event which featured a set from one of Brighton’s Born Bad DJ’s, and a live broadcast from Bob & Roberta Smith’s Resonance FM radio show.

The curriculum for the ‘students’ included a variety of arty and irreverent activities, each activity earning a stamp on a certificate, where all stamps would be collected to graduate.   Attendees were asked to bring along whatever best piece of ‘dodgy art’ they had and if possible a brass instrument to take part in a special exhibition and art performance.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Minister for Tourism, Councillor Neil Stanley, said:” What a great idea – the Museums at Nightclub looks set to be an amazing event full of music, art and chance to go back to your student days. It’s very unusual to hear of an art gallery being turned into a nightclub, and with Towner collaborating with an iconic artist to add a really exciting twist to the night; this event will be like nothing the south coast has seen before!”

The choice of location for the event won 55% in a public poll and the exhibition was the idea of the Bob Smith who was judge for the competition.

For more information on the museum the email address is www.townereastbourne.org.uk or they can be reached on 01323 434670.

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