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Broadcaster and art lover, David Dimbleby, (“Picture of Britain” writer and presenter), will perform the official ground-breaking ceremony for Eastbourne’s spectacular new Cultural Centre on Monday 14th November.

Guests will gather at the Congress Suite, adjacent to the Congress Theatre, at 10.45am. for the arrival of David Dimbleby and the Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Graham Marsden at 11.00am.

The Mayor, Councillor Graham Marsden, says, “The new Cultural Centre will show people that Eastbourne is a place which celebrates innovation as well as commemorating the value of cultural heritage. We are looking forward to a vibrant future for the centre when it reaches completion in 2007.”

Mr Dimbleby is the guest of the New Towner Trust, which has been set up to complete the fundraising for this exciting £8.5 million project. The new Cultural Centre will be a new home for the nationally acclaimed Towner Art Gallery, with its major exhibitions of contemporary art, significant permanent collection of modern art, featuring many works by Eric Ravilious, one of Mr Dimbleby’s favourite artists (as featured in his “A Picture of Britain” BBC Series, which featured Towner Art Gallery pictures), and its innovative education and outreach programmes.

The new Cultural Centre will become a beacon for the visual arts in the south east, celebrating the inspiration of artists past and present, and enabling all of society to participate in creative learning. By presenting major exhibitions and displays of visual art, the new Cultural Centre will also become a major tourist destination within the Cultural Tourism sector. Designed by award winning Rick Mather Architects, the new building will also provide rooms for community activities and conference exhibition halls. The project has already received significant grant funding from the South East England Development Agency, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Julian Martyr, chair of the New Towner Trustees, says “We are thrilled to have David Dimbleby help us mark this exciting stage of the project. This building is not only important locally, but deserves to be recognised nationally for its commitment to reaching new audiences for the arts.”
13 November, 2005

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