Towner

Towner
Devonshire Park
College Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4JJ
England

Website

Towner website

www.townereastbourne.org.uk

E-mail

towner@eastbourne.gov.uk

Telephone

General Enquiries

01323 434660

Front Desk / Event Bookings

01323 434670

Venue Hire / Membership

01323 434682

Fax

01323 434699

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Towner the contemporary art museum
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Towner is the award-winning contemporary art museum for South
East England.

We present major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary
art – and as a museum, we also have a nationally significant collection of art
from across the ages. The Towner Collection is best known for its modern British art, in particular the work of Eric Ravilious.

We put you - the visitor - at the heart of what we do. Our staff are always happy to stop and talk with you!

We are recognised for our award winning development and activity programmes, including a variety of events for all ages (many of which are free - including our family drop-in sessions at weekends and school holidays).

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-17.00

Admission charges

Free entry to gallery and all exhibitions (except one paying exhibition per year).
Many events are free - please see event details for information.

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

There are excellent public transport links to Towner, including direct rail links from London, Brighton and the rest of the South East.

Towner is a 10 minute walk (or 5 minute taxi ride) from the station. Follow Gildredge Road to the end, then cross over South Street and Furness Road to College Road. Towner is situated at the end of the road on the left, at the junction between College and Carlisle Roads.

Driving from London, take the A23 from London, A27 to Eastbourne and then A2270 towards the town centre & seafront. At the roundabout on Upperton Road (which the A2270 turns into), take the second exit on to Grove Road. At the end of Grove Road take a left down South Street; turn right and immediately left on to College Road. Towner is at the end of College Road.

See our website for rail and bus links.

Additional info

Towner has a gift shop and cafe bar with balcony and stunning views over the South Downs.

Towner is accessible to all - please visit our website to see how we can help meet your access requirements.

We offer free tours of the building and galleries at 11.30am each day. You can also book a group tour for 10 or more people at a time convenient for you, for £2.50 per person. More in-depth Collection Store tours take place on the last consecutive Saturday and Sunday of every month.

An internationally renowned collection of around 4000 historical, modern and contemporary works. The Towner Collection is best known for its modern British art – including the broadest body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), and works by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and other artists of the Bloomsbury Group (who were notable conscientious objectors).

The Towner Collection also has strengths in landscapes, abstract works and a growing strand of international contemporary art.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design

Key artists and exhibits

  • Eric Ravilious - extensive holdings - watercolours (including Cuckmere Haven, Downs in Winter), woodcuts & ceramics
  • Duncan Grant - Berwick Church designs
  • Vanessa Bell - Berwick Church designs
  • 20th century British artists including Christopher Wood; Edward Bawden; Henry Moore; Paul Nash; Victor Pasmore; Alfred Wallis; David Bomberg
  • William Nicholson - Judd's Farm
  • William Gear - various holdings
  • Picasso etchings
  • International contemporary artists including Julian Opie; Olafur Eliasson; Tacita Dean; Anya Gallaccio; Wolfgang Tillmans; Grayson Perry
  • Olafur Eliassion - The Forked Forest Path
  • Tacita Dean - The Green Ray
  • Wolfgang Tillmans - End of Land I
  • Grayson Perry - Map of Nowhere
  • Anya Gallaccio - Preserve
  • Historic artists - Albrecht Durer; Joseph Wright of Derby; Thomas Sydney Cooper; Joseph van Aken; Thomas Jones
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gertrude Hermes Through The Windscreen

Near Dark

  • 8 February — 4 May 2014 *on now

Explore the space between night and day, between the dog and the wolf, in a display curated by the artist/film maker John Skoog in collaboration with Bjarke Hvass Kure.

Drawing from the time when night approaches as surely as sleep, when street lamps are lit and every being becomes his own shadow, Skoog draws on his own practice to respond to Towner’s collection.

Skoog was particularly drawn to Eric Ravilious’ working sketches and colour tests, some of which are on display for the first time alongside Ravilious’ watercolour paintings Kirby Hall Fields (1935), Ironbridge Interior (1941) and Garden Path (1934). The collection display also inclues Edward Bawden’s Back Garden at Great Bardfield (1933) and Gertrude Hermes’ Through the Windscreen (1929).

Near Dark is shown alongside his solo exhibition ‘Redoubt’ and unfolds like a fragmented thriller, where you won’t be able to trust your own eyes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/near-dark/

UVA

United Visual Artists

  • 18 April — 22 June 2014 *on now

United Visual Artists (UVA) is an art practice that use design processes to combine a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture.

Drawing upon their studies in programmable architecture, they will be developing a body of work for Towner using light, installation, print and screen.

To create these temporal installations, they employ strategies devoid of traditional architectural materials to multiply, fill and divide spaces, constructing volumes and deforming them dynamically.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/united-visual-arts/

Getting there

There are excellent public transport links to Towner, including direct rail links from London, Brighton and the rest of the South East.

Towner is a 10 minute walk (or 5 minute taxi ride) from the station. Follow Gildredge Road to the end, then cross over South Street and Furness Road to College Road. Towner is situated at the end of the road on the left, at the junction between College and Carlisle Roads.

Driving from London, take the A23 from London, A27 to Eastbourne and then A2270 towards the town centre & seafront. At the roundabout on Upperton Road (which the A2270 turns into), take the second exit on to Grove Road. At the end of Grove Road take a left down South Street; turn right and immediately left on to College Road. Towner is at the end of College Road.

See our website for rail and bus links.

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