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The Poet Reclining

Towards Night

24 September, 2016 - 22 January, 2017

Towards Night juxtaposes key paintings and prints by Constable, Friedrich, Munch, Nolde, Palmer and Turner, some of the best known visionaries of the Romantic tradition with contemporary artists who work with the transformative aspects of nightfall to convey emotional responses of awe, anxiety and solitude, love and loss, revelry, insomnia, and journey’s end.


One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

15 October, 2016 - 8 January, 2017

This exhibition explores the everyday theatricality of the body. The artists in this exhibition approach figuration in very different ways and the people they depict are both imaginary characters and real people.


Ravilious Room

24 September, 2016 - 22 January, 2017

Our Ravilious room is a dedicated space to admire a selection of Eric Ravilious’ finest watercolours, explore our unique archive and browse books on the artist. Towner holds one of the largest public collections of his work, with its views of Sussex, the South Downs, and surrounding areas. Supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle.


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Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship

27 May, 2017 - 17 September, 2017

This major touring exhibition of the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death. It explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates, including Paul and John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Tirzah Garwood, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, and Diana Low.



Ten Thousand Waves installation view at Towner Art Gallery

Some Are Nights Others Stars

23 July, 2016 - 25 September, 2016

Some Are Nights Others Stars brings together a diverse selection of international artists whose works embody the contrasting experiences of displacement, loss and separation with the dynamic possibilities of movement, transformation and remembrance.


East Sussex Open 2016

23 July, 2016 - 2 October, 2016

Towner’s Open exhibition brings together the best artists from across the East Sussex region – from Rye to Eastbourne to Brighton & Hove. The East Sussex Open offers a unique opportunity to view works by artists at every level of their career, from new talent to established figures.


Jarman Award

15 October, 2016 - 19 October, 2016

We are delighted to be presenting works by artists shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award. The six shortlisted artists’ works will be screened continuously throughout the day in the Junction Box.


David Bomberg: A Sense of Place

9 July, 2016 - 11 September, 2016

With loans from national institutions, including Tate, Ben Uri Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery and from private collections, this exhibition brings together a selection of Bomberg’s landscape works to present an overview of the sense of place that he portrayed in these paintings, and how each of the landscapes was so significant to him.