Free admission

Our story

Towner is the 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 renowned collection of art from across the ages.

We aim to make outstanding art available to as wide an audience as possible.  Our learning and participation programmes are recognised as some of the best in the UK – and can often be seen within the gallery.

We are a partner in the Plus Tate scheme, through which we contribute to a nationwide exchange of ideas in the visual arts.  Our Art Fund International award ensures we remain at the forefront of international contemporary art collecting.

We put you – the visitor – at the heart of what we do.  Everything about Towner is designed to make you feel welcome.  Please stop and chat to our friendly and knowledgeable Gallery Assistants – they love to engage in stimulating conversation!

Take one of our free gallery tours at 11.30am daily, or come to one of our many events for all ages.  If you visit us on a weekend or school holiday, drop in to our Art Box activity space to create some art of your own (subject to room availability).

Funding & Membership

We are funded by Eastbourne Borough Council and Arts Council England as a National portfolio organisation (2015-18).

We are also grateful to Towner members for providing the vital support that allows us to do what we do. Towner membership is open to all and is a great way to be part of our story – and enjoy some fantastic benefits.  You can join for as little as £30 a year (or £20 for a student).

Find out more about Towner membership

Towner Charitable Trust

Towner became a Charitable Trust 1 July 2014 and was delighted to welcome nine Trustees onto our new board, chaired by David Dimbleby:

Henry Wyndham (Chair, Sothebys), Colin McKenzie (Director, House of Illustration), Dinah Casson (Architect and Partner, Casson Mann), Hillary Bauer (Head, Cultural Property DCMS, 1999-2012), Gyr King (Founding Director, King and McGaw), Mark moorton (Director, HR, Specsavers), Tim Ashdown (Partner, DMH Stallard), Julian Sutherland Beatson (Artist) and John Madell (Marketing and Finance).

Registered Charity 1156762