This new work by Turner Prize winner Helen Cammock has been specially made for the front of the historic Winter Garden venue in Eastbourne’s cultural quarter. The title is a reference both to the building itself and the layers of history and culture that root it within the town; a place where people have come together and communities have grown. Cammock’s works are a poetic celebration of overlooked or perhaps unremarked social history; of people’s stories and their place in society. They give life to feelings and moments which are fleeting, that disappear when we try to describe them. But like a garden, although the way we feel about them may change almost daily, they are also the place we return to for solace, comfort, growth and to feel ourselves again.
Garden is a joint commission between The Artists’ Research Centre, Eastbourne Alive and Towner Eastbourne. Curated by Ben Roberts.
Helen Cammock was born in 1970 in Staffordshire. Cammock examines mainstream historical and contemporary narratives about Blackness, womanhood, oppression and resistance, wealth and power, poverty and vulnerability through film, photography, print, text, song, and performance. Her works often cut across time and geography, layering multiple voices as she investigates the cyclical nature of histories in her visual and aural assemblages.
In 2017, Cammock won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and in 2019 she was the joint recipient of the Turner Prize.
Thumbnail Image by Rob Harris