Colourful Eastbourne mural part of creative festival

Arts festival Coastal Currents has installed an incredible mural in Eastbourne town centre as part of this year’s September antics.

Spreading from Rye to Eastbourne, this annual festival has spread its wings to now feature heavily in Eastbourne and also have commissions and interventions running throughout the year.

Its recent commitment to supporting artists and musicians during Covid-19 has led to more digital projects and socially isolated installations in the public realm than ever before.

The Eastbourne mural is the highlight piece for 2020, created with community in mind.

Spelling out the word Eastbourne in 10 two metre by two metre-sized letters, seven artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds showcased their individual style. Bringing the whole piece together is a beautiful background mural featuring the coastline of the South Downs’ chalk cliffs.

Director Tina Morris said: “Where there are hoardings I see opportunities and at the moment, more than ever before, artists need opportunities.

“But this mural isn’t just bringing colour and public art to Eastbourne town centre, this is also all about local artists creating a sense of community and strengthening identity.

“Public artworks bring healthier environments for everyone and a greater sense of civic pride. They lessen disorder, give young artists the chance to be inspired and allow for a better sense of diversity and education.

“We would love to bring art to the public in fun, interesting and engaging ways and hope that Eastbourne – which has a hotbed of exciting creative talent – continues to welcome Coastal Currents in to do large scale projects such as these.”

Eastbourne Borough Council is a new sponsor of Coastal Currents and supported the cost of the installation.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Services, said: “We are delighted to be part of one of the region’s premier art festivals and are excited that this work is outside, on a main shopping street, for the public to enjoy.

“Seen together with a parallel arts project at the former Debenhams store we also supported, we have invested in a better, brighter, more beautiful town centre. In these difficult times, that’s got to be good news.”

All images are courtesy of Alexander Brattell.