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Hysterical, Double Projection Film Still, Douglas Gordon, 1995, Image courtesy Southampton City Art Gallery

Twixt Two Worlds

11 October 2014 - 4 January 2015 (free)

Twixt Two Worlds explores the transition between still and moving image across photography, magic lantern slides and cinema, with a collection of early cinema apparatus and ephemera alongside moving image works by contemporary artists such as Douglas Gordon, Saskia Olde Wolbers and Jane & Louise Wilson. Curated by Gaia Tedone in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove and Whitechapel Gallery.

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Land and Sea

13 September 2014 – 25 January 2015 (free)

A selection of new acquisitions merge with works already within our permanent collection to demonstrate depictions of seas and landscapes using film and photography.

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Ravilious Room

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.

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John Virtue, The Sea, No 8, 2011-2013

John Virtue: The Sea

17 January – 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.

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East Sussex Open 2015

Applications are now open for our popular open application exhibition. 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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Ori Gersht

7 February – 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.

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Our Place: Annual Schools Exhibition 2015

Towner: 27 March–31 May 2015, Flora Twort Gallery: 24 March–19 April 2015, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery: 23 May–19 September 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.

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Re:Generate

Sun 30 November - Fri 12 December

Inspired by the Towner Collection, Generate's participants participants each selected an artwork that motivated them.

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Peggy Angus: Designer, Teacher, Painter

12 July - 21 September 2014 (ticketed)

In this large-scale exhibition, Towner will bring together the wide range of work by the influential and inspirational artist and designer Peggy Angus. The exhibition will include her early illustrations, portraits and landscape paintings, and her Modernist design work with wallpapers and tiles.

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Connective Culture exhibition

Sat 20–Sun 28 September

Digital resources created by children and young people working with specialists from Eastbourne’s Tech Resort CIC are on show at Towner.

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Designing the Everyday: from Bloomsbury and Ravilious to the present day

17 May - 31 August 2014 (free)

Towner celebrates the anniversary of the Modern Art for the Table exhibition at Harrods in 1934, with a display featuring some of the greatest names of British art including Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Laura Knight and Duncan Grant and a wider survey of artists working in British industry during the 20th century.

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