Eric Ravilious, Dolly Engine (1934),

Ravilious Room

18 January, 2015 - 1 January, 2016

Our new permanent 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.


A Radical View: William Gear as Curator 1958–64

9 May, 2015 - 31 August, 2015

The abstract painter William Gear (1915–1997) was Towner’s curator from 1958 until 1964. During this time, he added to the diversity and modernity of the permanent Collection with his […]


East Sussex Open 2015

11 July, 2015 - 20 September, 2015

East Sussex Open brings together the best artists and makers from across the East Sussex region – from Rye to Eastbourne to Brighton & Hove.


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John Napier: Stages, Beyond the Fourth Wall

29 November, 2015 - 30 January, 2016

Multi award-winning set and costume designer John Napier brings theatre and art together in a new exhibition, Stages, Beyond the Fourth Wall. Napier’s innovation and distinctive style is […]



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Richard Billingham: Panoramic

25 April, 2015 - 28 June, 2015

Capturing the British countryside, from the South Downs to the Norfolk Fen and Constable’s Country in the East of England, Richard Bilingham’s photographs expose the rich textures […]


Our Place: Annual Schools Exhibition 2015

27 March, 2015 - 31 May, 2015

The South East’s most popular annual exhibition of art work created by schoolchildren returns to Towner and now also into two new partner sites: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex and the Flora Twort Gallery Petersfield, Hampshire.


Ori Gersht: Don’t Look Back

7 February, 2015 - 26 April, 2015

UK-based Israeli artist Ori Gersht will be showing two major moving image works Evaders (2009, from the Towner Collection) and The Forest, (2005) alongside a series of large scale photographs.


John Virtue: The Sea

17 January, 2015 - 12 April, 2015

In a striking departure from the huge paintings of London which formed the subject matter of his highly acclaimed exhibition at the National Gallery as Associate Artist in 2005, these new paintings take the vast, dark expanse of the North Sea as a central theme.