GREEN Party Parliamentary candidate Caroline Lucas has organised her first art exhibition, Brink, which will open next month.

The exhibition at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne will reflect her personal interests and passions such as her environmental work, the impact of climate change, and her love of living in Sussex.

The candidate for Brighton Pavilion has selected works from the 5,000 pieces in the Towner Gallery’s collection, including works by Jonathon Monk, Tirzah Garwood, David Jones, Tania Kovats and Clare Richardson.

An active campaigner on a range of issues, Caroline Lucas has consistently been voted the UK’s most ethical politician.

“I’m very excited to have been invited by Towner to be a guest curator,” she said.

“It has already been a real treat to lose myself for a few hours in their extraordinary collection, even though I now have the challenge of selecting artworks for the exhibition. It will be a very hard choice but one I am hugely looking forward to.”

The Towner is one of the largest art galleries on the South Coast. It was established in 1920 through a bequest from John Chisholm Towner and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Sara Cooper, head of collections for Towner, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to invite Caroline to curate an exhibition from the works in our collection. Caroline is a passionate advocate for a range of issues related to the environment and climate change and we hope that viewers will see both our collection and the wider world around them in a new light through the selection of art works that Caroline has chosen.”

A Blue Plaque was recently unveiled in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park to honour the artist William Gear, former curator of Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery who was also one of the most important figures in post-war British art.

The exhibition’s initial opening date of Saturday was postponed to accommodate the General Election. It will now open on December 14 and run until May 10. The Towner’s Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library will reopen on Saturday, with a new display of works by Eric Ravilious, including a series of water colours focusing on Sussex.