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.
watercolour by Ravilious

Ravilious Room

  • 13 September 2014 — 2 March 2015 *on now

We are excited to present the first display in our new permanent, dedicated Ravilious Room, which includes a selection of his finest watercolours. Towner holds one of the largest public collections of his work, and we are keen to make this popular artist available to our audience in a space where you can sit and linger and enjoy his unique views of Sussex, the South Downs, and surrounding areas.

The room also features specially commissioned cabinets in which items from the Ravilious archive can be viewed and enjoyed. Copies of the wide range of Ravilious books are also be available for you to read.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/ravilious-room/

installation view of slide projector intallation

Land and Sea

  • 13 September 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

A selection of new acquisitions and existing works from the permanent collection. The display ties in with Twixt Two Worlds and focuses on works that use film and photography in their depiction of sea and landscapes.

This display includes the first showing of our new acquisition by Swiss artist Uriel Orlow, his installation work The Short and the Long of It (2010). We are also showing our newest acquisition of five works by British artist Matthew Miller and Eastbourne Pier (2011) by Simon Roberts.

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/land-and-sea/

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

Twixt Two Worlds

  • 11 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

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/

monochrome painting of the sea

John Virtue: The Sea

  • 17 January — 12 April 2015

The first major exhibition by this distinguished artist to open in London in five years now comes to Eastbourne.

In a striking departure from the huge paintings of London which formed the subject matter of his highly acclaimed exhibition at the National Gallery as Associate Artist in 2005, these new paintings take the vast, dark expanse of the North Sea as a central theme.

Over the last five years, Virtue has produced a significant body of work from large canvases to paintings of a few square inches and a group of monotypes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/john-virtue-north-sea-paintings-and-monotypes/

still from Evaders video by Ori Gersht

Ori Gersht

  • 7 February — 26 April 2015

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

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/

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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