Towner

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

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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 10.00-18.00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-18.00

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.
still from Evaders video by Ori Gersht

Ori Gersht

  • 7 February — 26 April 2015 *on now

UK-based Israeli artist Ori Gersht shows two major moving image works Evaders (2009, from the Towner Collection) and The Forest, (2005) alongside a series of large scale photographs.

Evaders is a fascinating film work which uses long panoramic shots to trace the journey of writer and poet, Walter Benjamin through the Pyrnees in 1940 during World War II to escape the Nazi regime.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/ori-gersht/

linocut print of country garden and cottage

Our Place: Annual Schools Exhibition 2015

  • 27 March — 31 May 2015 *on now

The South East’s most popular annual exhibition of art work created by schoolchildren returns to Towner and now also into two new partner sites: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex and the Flora Twort Gallery Petersfield, Hampshire.

This year’s theme invites school children to look at the built heritage of the South Downs – whether ancient or modern, domestic or industrial, places of worship or commemoration.

The exhibition will take the form of small scale buildings made by pupils, whose schools will be issued with a 1m2 ‘plot of land’ each.

Working in partnership with the South Downs National Park, Towner and the two galleries will be engaging schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex in a project that draws on the rich resources of the national park and local museums and galleries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/6372/

East Sussex Open 2015

  • 11 July — 20 September 2015

An open application exhibition bringing together the best artists and makers from across the East Sussex region – from Rye to Eastbourne to Brighton & Hove.

Joining our Head of Contemporary Programmes, Sanna Moore, on the 2015 judging panel includes guest selectors Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and London-based video artist Saskia Olde Wolbers. Olde Wolbers has shown extensively around the world and her work Trailer (2005) was recently exhibited in Towner’s Twixt Two Worlds exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/east-sussex-open-2015/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Lino cut of Tawny Owl by Trevor Kemp.

Nocturnal - Towner's Museums at Night Party

  • 14 May 2015 7-10pm

This May, we're celebrating all things that go bump in the night with a special after hours party. Fancy dress is optional, but a party mood is a must for this multi art form event. Expect DJs, live performance, arts and craft, film, talks and more. The theme is nocturnal, so be it an urban fox, the moon, or a vampire, we're inviting you to get creative and join us for what it set to be a night to remember.
Cocktails and food will be on sale from Urban Ground and our exhibitions will be open until 9pm.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5/4 conc. & members

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk

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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