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 10.00-18.00
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.
Hysterical (Double Projection Film Still) Douglas Gordon, 1995, Image courtesy Southampton City Art Gallery

Twixt Two Worlds

  • 11 October 2014 — 4 January 2015

Inspired by the Barnes Brothers’ collection of early cinema apparatus and ephemera at the Hove Museum, Twixt Two Worlds takes the technique of double exposure and the visual effect of superimposition as starting points to explore the transition between still and moving image across photography, magic lantern slides and cinema. Objects such as early cine cameras (c.1900) and magic lanterns (c.1850) will sit alongside moving image works by contemporary artists like Douglas Gordon, Saskia Olde Wolbers and Jane & Louise Wilson.

Curated by Gaia Tedone, Curatorial Fellow, Contemporary Art Society in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove and Whitechapel Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/twixt-two-worlds/

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.
Open Ended

Open Ended

  • 2 September 2014 10am-12pm

This is a groundbreaking initiative for people with memory problems and their carers – developed jointly between Towner and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Open Ended provides participants with facilitated access to our unique collection. More a conversation through art than a formal tour, it was inspired by a similar project at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Participants have said of Open Ended:

“I’ve learnt to look at art with my mind not just my eyes”

“When I became unwell I thought my life was over but this has reawakened my interest in art”

Open Ended takes place on the first Tuesday of every month.

We can also accommodate group bookings – please phone 01323 434670 for details.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£4 per person (£3 concession)

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/open-ended-2/

Box Bird, Charles Shearer

Charles Shearer Collograph Printing Workshop

  • 7 September 2014 10am-4pm

After specialising in illustration at the Royal College of Art in London, Charles has balanced teaching at numerous art schools with work on personal projects. His passion for printmaking, with all the creative possibilities inherent in the media, has made the print-room a perfect environment in which to creatively engage, develop and experiment.

In partnership with Emma Mason Gallery.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

£60/£45 Towner members
Price includes all materials, a goodie bag and free entry to the Peggy Angus exhibition.
Lunch not included.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/charles-shearer-collograph-printing-workshop/

Simon Roberts, Eastbourne Pier, Pierdom, 2014

Pierdom Artist Talk – Simon Roberts

  • 9 September 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Discover Simon Roberts' photographic practice and the work he has made over the past decade exploring the idea of the British landscape.

In Pierdom, Roberts has spent the last 3 years travelling the coastline of Britain photographing the last remaining pleasure piers. In We English, Roberts took photographs on a year’s journey across England, looking at landscapes where groups of people congregate for a common purpose and shared experience. In 2010, Roberts made another journey around the country, this time to make work for The Election Project, where he was commissioned as the official ‘Election Artist’ by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to create a permanent visual record of the 2010 General Election.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £5/4 concession / £3 Towner Member

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/pierdom-artist-talk-simon-roberts/

Courtesy Rob Walker

Heritage Open Days Collection Store Tours

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 11am-3:30pm

Towner has a renowned collection of around 4,000 historic, modern and contemporary works. When not on display, artworks are housed in our Collection Store. Join a tour and learn all about how an art collection is stored and conserved with one of our knowledgeable and friendly members of staff.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/collection-store-tours-2/

Women in Print

Women in Print: Print as an agent of change 1920-1960

  • 13 September 2014 10am-4:30pm

Held at the Birley Centre, near Towner, these illustrated talks by academics and practitioners will evaluate the achievements of mid-century women designers and writers who deserve to be better known including Peggy Angus, Pearl Binder, Barbara Jones, Enid Marx, Dorothy Hartley and many others.

The talks include:

Illustrating Englishness, Desdemona McCannon

The Marks and Modes of Modernism: Puffin Picture Books (1940-1965), Harriet Cory-Wright

Perry Colour Books and WWII Women Camofleurs, Natalie Kay-Thatcher

Peggy Angus – Art for Life – Designing, Travelling, Teaching, Carolyn Trant

Design for Public Spaces, Lotte Beatrix

My Mother Sheila Robinson, Chloe Cheese

There will also be the chance to ask questions & buy limited tribute chapbooks, created by contemporary writers and illustrators for the project.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£60 per person, £50 students, £45 Towner Members
Price includes lunch & free admission to the Peggy Angus exhibition at Towner.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/women-in-print-print-as-an-agent-of-change/

photograph of ashdown

Peggy Angus Walk

  • 14 September 2014 10am-3pm

Enjoy a journey across the landscape that so inspired Peggy Angus and the community of artists that she created. Penny Fewster and Peggy’s ex-student, biographer and artist Carolyn Trant will lead this inspiring walk to share their knowledge of Peggy and her bold design work.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£45.00, including lunch at the Trevor Arms, Glynde

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/peggy-angus-walk/

Peggy Angus

Peggy Angus Walk

  • 14 September 2014 10am-3pm

Enjoy a journey across the landscape that so inspired Peggy Angus and the community of artists that she created. Penny Fewster and Peggy’s ex-student, biographer and artist Carolyn Trant will lead this inspiring walk to share their knowledge of Peggy and her bold design work.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

£45, including lunch at the Trevor Arms, Glynde

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/event/peggy-angus-walk/

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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