Talks, tours & events

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

Thu 15 Nov | 7.00pm

This year marks the centenary of Scottish film-maker and poet Margaret Tait’s birth. To mark the occasion, Towner will screen a brand-new restoration of Blue Black Permanent. The film was shot on location and moves fluidly between Edinburgh and Tait’s home of the Orkney Islands. It stars Celia Imrie as Barbara, a woman attempting to come to terms with her mother’s death, through her childhood memories. Margaret Tait referred to her own work as ‘film-poems’ and Blue Black Permanent is no exception: a haunting and magical film, filled with flashbacks and dream sequences.

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Andrew Kötting – Earthworks Trilogy

Sat 17 Nov | From 11.00am

Following his exhibition at Towner Art Gallery last year, Andrew Kötting returns to Eastbourne to present a rare opportunity to see his Earthworks trilogy in its entirety. Andrew will be with us all day, introducing each film, before being joined by Jason Wood (Artistic Director of Film at HOME in Manchester) for an extended Q&A after the final part of the trilogy, Lek and the Dogs.

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The Wife

Sun 18 Nov | 2.00pm & 4.30pm

Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point.

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Blue Black Permanent

Sun 18 Nov | 12.00pm

This year marks the centenary of Scottish film-maker and poet Margaret Tait’s birth. To mark the occasion, Towner will screen a brand-new restoration of Blue Black Permanent. The film was shot on location and moves fluidly between Edinburgh and Tait’s home of the Orkney Islands. It stars Celia Imrie as Barbara, a woman attempting to come to terms with her mother’s death, through her childhood memories. Margaret Tait referred to her own work as ‘film-poems’ and Blue Black Permanent is no exception: a haunting and magical film, filled with flashbacks and dream sequences.

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Draw Me In – Twilight Session

Thu 22 Nov | 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Open to any teacher or leader taking part in the Draw Me In project. See the artworks in our collection store, be inspired by artist-led workshops, network with […]

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The Wife

Thu 22 Nov | 4.30pm & 7.00pm

Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point.

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Black ’47

Sat 24 Nov | 4.30pm

It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order.

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A Sense of Place – New Note Orchestra

Sat 24 Nov | 2.00pm

Brighton-based New Note Orchestra, the world’s first recovery orchestra, perform a live-soundtrack to their their latest work, Sense of Place, a short documentary exploring the relationship between belonging and places in the lives of those in recovery from drug and substance abuse.

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Art Store Tour

Sun 25 Nov | 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.

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