Towner Art Gallery

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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) and have been shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museums Award 2016.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Tue-Sun 10.00-19.00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-19.00

Admission charges

Free entry to gallery and most exhibitions.
Many events are free - please see event details for information.

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 is home to Urban Ground @ Towner, a 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.

Towner houses an internationally renowned Collection of around 4,500 works. The Towner Collection is best known for its modern British art – including the broadest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942).

We are also known for our emerging collection of international contemporary art , which grew from 2007-2012 thanks to Art Fund International and Contemporary Art Society.

Rotating displays from the Collection are on show in our dedicated first floor Gallery.

The Collection now features a cross-section of important 20th century British artists including: Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Victor Pasmore, Alfred Wallis and Duncan Grant. It also boasts a major body of work by Eric Ravilious.

Contemporary artists represented in the Towner Collection include: Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anya Gallaccio, Julian Opie, Tacita Dean and Grayson Perry.

We are working on getting the entire Towner Collection online so that it can be accessed by anyone, anywhere, even if you can’t make it to the gallery. We do our best to ensure our Collection is, as Alderman Towner envisioned, a public resource for all.

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
  • Isaac Julien - Ten Thousand Waves
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Tom Hammick's Waiting for Time

Towards Night

  • 24 September 2016 — 22 January 2017 *on now

Towards Night delves into the many interpretations and representations of the theme of night throughout art history. Artist Tom Hammick curates an exhibition that draws together paintings and prints that invite the visitor to experience a journey into a world of wonderment, insomnia and revelry. Towards Night includes works by J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and Edvard Munch alongside contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Stephen Chambers and Phoebe Unwin.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free to attend

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/towards-night/

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Condor and The Mole, 2011

One Day Something Happens: Paintings of People

  • 15 October 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now

A National Partners Programme exhibition from the Arts Council Collection, curated by Jennifer Higgie.

One Day Something Happens explores the everyday theatricality of the body. The artists in this exhibition approach figuration in very different ways and the people they depict are both imaginary characters and real people. Jennifer Higgie’s fascinating selection of works from the Arts Council Collection, as well as works from Towner’s Collection, teases out common themes across the decades: work, introspection and individuality, joy and loneliness. Featuring works by artists ranging from Walter Sickert, Lucien Freud and David Hockney to Rose Wylie, Steven Claydon and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

One Day Something Happens is the first in a series of exhibitions curated from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme marking the Collection’s 70th anniversary.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free to attend, no booking required.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/one-day-something-happens/

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.
Towner Art Gallery art store tour

Art Store Tour

  • 11 December 2016 12-1pm
  • 8 January 2017 12-1pm

Guided by one of our knowledgeable gallery team, you will learn about the story of Towner’s impressive art collection, from the original Victorian bequest to recent acquisitions of works by contemporary artists.

Although key artists such as Eric Ravilious will always feature, there is flexibility for visitors to make specific requests, ensuring no two tours are ever the same. These hour-long tours offer a fascinating introduction to our collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 / £5 conc. and members

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/visit/art-store-tours/

Child playing during Tiny Towner session

Tiny Towner

  • 6 December 2016 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 13 December 2016 10:30am-12:30pm

An early years creative play workshop for parents, carers and 0-5 year olds, linked to ideas and art work in Towner's current exhibitions.

This autumn join us for a special day and night theme, including messy play and storytelling. Changes weekly with some sessions led by artists in the gallery spaces.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

Free to attend, no booking required.
Drop in 10:30-12:30.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/events/families-children/

Arts Award session in progress

Arts Award Extra

  • 3 December 2016 11am-3pm
  • 7 January 2017 11am-2pm
  • 4 February 2017 11am-2pm
  • 4 March 2017 11am-2pm
  • 1 April 2017 11am-2pm

Are you completing an Arts Award at school, college, with a youth or community group and need extra time, resources and adviser support? Free help is available whether you are doing Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free to attend.
Drop in anytime, or visit our website to book.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/learning/arts-award-extra/

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.

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

Website

Towner Art Gallery website

www.townereastbourne.org.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

towner@townereastbourne.org.uk

Telephone

Front Desk: General Enquiries & Event Bookings

01323 434670

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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