London Art Fair 2019: The Living Collection

Towner has been chosen as the Museum Partner for the 2019 edition of the London Art Fair, which takes place from 16 to 20 January. Towner will be presenting The Living Collection, an exhibition that celebrates the gallery’s rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century.

Towner’s exhibition at the fair will showcase a selection of works that are significant to the history of the gallery and its collection, and will look at the way it has been shaped by its dedicated and innovative curators, who have sought to promote and support the most significant living artists of their time. As the gallery moves towards its centenary in 2023, the collection will play an important role in interpreting the last hundred years of regional history and be used as a catalyst to talk about the future.

Demonstrating the strength of the Towner Collection as an active, evolving body of contemporary art, the exhibition will feature modern and contemporary works by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash, William Nicholson, Duncan Grant, William Gear, Gertrude Hermes, Tirzah Garwood, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

This selection will not only highlight the role of Sussex as ‘The Artists’ County’, a place of inspiration which has nurtured artists and makers, but will also champion key figures from its history that promoted radical thinking and inspired social change throughout the twentieth century.

To celebrate their exhibition at London Art Fair 2019, Towner is commissioning a new wallpaper artwork responding to the collection, which will form the backdrop of the Towner’s display at the Fair.

About the Museum Partnership

The London Art Fair museum partnership, first introduced in 2014, offers a London platform for significant regional collections of Modern British art. Positioned alongside established commercial galleries at the Fair, the Museum Partner’s uniquely curated exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the heritage, quality and significance of regional collections and works. It provides collectors gathered in the capital every January with a point of comparison between museum collections and commercial galleries and provides visitors with the opportunity to see regional museum works brought to London. The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (2014), Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2015), Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2016) and The Lightbox, Woking (2017) have so far shown.

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