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.
Lis Rhodes, Dresden Dynamo, 1971-2, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist

We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun: Haroon Mirza Curates the Arts Council Collection

  • 20 January — 8 April 2018 *on now

We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun, is a new exhibition curated by internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza from the Arts Council Collection, including new works he has made to connect together his selection.

Often taking the role of composer, Mirza creates atmospheric environments through the linking together of art works often using light, sound, music and elements of architecture. For this new exhibition modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, installation, and film and video works are brought together to explore how our experience of the present is influenced by the juxtaposition between the archaic, or the obsolete, and an imagined future.

The title of the exhibition centers on the recurrence of solar and lunar symbolism in our attempts to understand the past and our images of the future. Such symbolism also relates to the shared realm we all inhabit – the earth – the social sphere, the cycles of natural phenomena, shapes and symbols as endless as the circle itself. In this exhibition Mirza tests the friction and relationship between existing artworks, to create dialogues between them that unfold along the recurrent lines of the circular shape. The exhibition is curated as a kind of spiralling, cyclical narrative to create a visual soundscape that triggers new narratives and relationships.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Andy Holden & Peter Holden, Natural Selection, 2017. An Artangel commission. Photo by Marcus J. Leith

Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

  • 3 February — 22 April 2018 *on now

This collaborative work takes us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.

Featuring objects, sculptures, videos and animation, the exhibition has been conceived to celebrate an astonishing diversity of natural forms and embrace different ways of looking. At first glance, it may appear to be about one kind of knowledge – natural history – but it is equally concerned with social history, aesthetics and communication. Through their investigation into often over-looked subjects, the Holden’s open up different areas of enquiry such as morphology, evolution, intelligence and creativity, as well as reflecting on the nature of collaboration and parental influence.

Natural Selection was commissioned by Artangel, Towner Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and Leeds Art Gallery, with the support of the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Spike Island and Bristol Green Capital 2015, the Henry Moore Foundation and Artangel’s Guardian Angels.

Astonishing ★★★★★ The Observer

Full of surprises ★★★★ The Guardian

Deeply emotional ★★★★ Time Out London

Suitable for

  • Any age
Derrick Greaves Abstract Painting with fruit 1979. Towner Collection Eastbourne.  Derrick Greaves courtesy James Hyman Gallery London

Inhabit

  • 17 February — 13 May 2018 *on now

Three conceptual installation of paintings, sculptures and prints from the Towner Collection invites the visitor to inhabit the gallery spaces as they move through three defined settings. These immersive environments, created through the juxtaposition of the art works, inspire the imagination and encourage the viewer to find hidden connections by altering their perspective.

Enter into a monochrome landscape where the town’s folk are noticeably absent; evidence of urbanisation waits patiently for new inhabitants as a bird hovers over a craggy rock face in amongst stark dark trees. Step inside a domestic setting, defined by bold primary colours, experience this space simplified yet surrounded by familiar objects. Finally visit a setting dominated by a mountain and a leafy forest path that draws you into an imagined landscape.

Inhabit will include works by Edward Bawden, Dennis Creffield, Gertrude Hermes, Phelan Gibb, Duncan Grant, Derrick Greaves, Roland Jarvis, Robert MacBryde, Harold Mockford and Monica Poole. As well as contemporary artists Peter Liversidge, Tania Kovats, Zoe Walker and Graham Gussin.

This display will also showcase new acquisitions to the Towner Collection, a selection of prints by Patrick Caulfield and paintings by Wilfred Avery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

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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