Towner Eastbourne

Towner building
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Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for nearly 100 years, Towner Eastbourne presents an ambitious and high quality programme of historic, modern and contemporary art through temporary and collection based exhibitions, talks, events and creative activities for as many as 160,000 visitors each year. Founded in 1923 as the result of a bequest by Alderman John Chisholm Towner to create ‘an art gallery for the people’, this founding ethos remains at the heart of Towner’s mission.

Towner’s Collection is best known for its modern British art, including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942), and a growing collection of international contemporary art including works by Dineo Seshee Bopape, John Akomfrah, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Tacita Dean, Grayson Perry and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Towner is a free and welcoming community space providing places for study and relaxation including a Sensory Room, Collection Library and a Cinema screening a regular programme of films including new releases, documentaries, classics, family film and more. The Art School programme offers creative activities for everyone, children and young people to adults; including drawing, making, designing and film making.

A professional development programme for artists of all levels offers artist residencies, mentoring and opportunities for collaboration and showcasing.

The award-winning gallery designed by Rick Mather Architects sits in the Eastbourne’s cultural centre, the Devonshire Quarter. The building, which opened in April 2009, is the largest purpose built gallery in the South East.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-17.00

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, a cafe bar with balcony and stunning views over the South Downs and an 80-seat cinema.

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

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

Website

Towner Eastbourne website

http://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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