Residency / 12 to 17 July 


We (Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley) are delighted to announce our new project working with Towner Eastbourne. This project is an exciting opportunity for us to develop our exploration of twentieth century women artists in collections as artist researchers from a radical position of care. The project, funded by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants, will connect with Towner’s current exhibitions around gallerist and collector Lucy Wertheim. Since 2018, we have researched the artist Kathleen Walne (1915-2011), whose work is included in the Towner Collection and is featured in A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim, Patron, Collector, Gallerist & Reuniting the Twenties Group: From Barbara Hepworth to Victor Pasmore.


Having fallen in love with Walne’s work at Christchurch Mansion (Ipswich) we have since met with her family and begun to catalogue her work and archive. In July 2022 we will work in residence at Towner Eastbourne during the Wertheim exhibitions, conducting research, sharing our processes, and inviting visitors to become active researchers. We will reveal our findings through a new publication launched in September 2022 at a discussion event, which will also focus on issues around gender imbalance and the underrepresentation of women artists in collections.


Towner Eastbourne / Eastbourne / BN21 4JJ 


Funded by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

Image / Kathleen Walne / The Carpet Slippers / watercolour / 1933 53x36cm / with kind permission Hilary Ward / photo credit Doug Atfield

Kathleen Walne_The Carpet Slippers_watercolour, 1933_53x36cm (2).jpg