Towner is the contemporary art museum for South East England. Admission is free.

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Current exhibitions

United Visual Artists

United Visual Artists

18 April - 22 June (free)

A fascination with the physical presence of light is embedded in UVA’s work and they have explored different ways of creating a structure from light. The series Vanishing Point employs perspective as both a tool and visual outcome to reshape, redefine and represent a space. Please note that the Vanishing Point installation will be closed from 2 - 2.30pm each day for a technical re-set. The exhibition gallery remains open throughout. Read more »

Near Dark

8 February - 4 May 2014 (free)

Explore the space between night and day, between the dog and the wolf, in a display curated by the artist/film maker John Skoog in collaboration with Bjarke Hvass Kure. Drawing from the time when night approaches as surely as sleep, when street lamps are lit and every being becomes his own shadow. Read more »

Upcoming exhibitions

Annual Schools Exhibition, 2013

Annual Schools Exhibition: Our South Downs

3 May - 8 June 2014 (free)

This year's Annual Schools Exhibition, Our South Downs, is the largest yet thanks to a partnership with the South Downs National Park and Learning Through Landscapes. Schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex have engaged in unique cultural and outdoor learning opportunities, leading to this exhibition inspired by Towner's permanent collection and our unique local landscape. Read more »

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. Read more »

East Sussex Open 2014

4 July - 14 September (free)

The return of our popular open exhibition showcasing the exceptional breadth of artistic talent on our doorstep. This exhibition showcases the best of artists and makers from across the East Sussex region - from Rye to Brighton and Hove. Read more »

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. Read more »

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Past exhibitions

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John Skoog: Redoubt

25 January - 6 April 2014 (free)

John Skoog works with film and video. He follows in the tradition of Scandinavian film through the use of stark landscapes and slow-pacing. The poetic use of the Swedish landscape and powerful studies of character and emotion evoke memories of film works by cinema greats such as Victor Sjostrom and Mauritz Stiller. Read more »

The Big Art Secret 2 exhibition

8 March - 23 March 2014 (free)

Towner and St Wilfrid's Hospice staged The Big Art Secret 2, a fundraising effort to support the local hospice and Towner. Postcard-sized art was exhibited at Towner for online auction until Sunday 23 March. Read more »

Wonderland

2 November 2013 - 26 January 2014 (free)

Inspired by Chiharu Shiota’s exhibition in the Exhibition Gallery, this display drew on works in the collection that explore themes of space and architecture. Many of the pieces contain elements of surprise or subversion within them, or explore the way in which people try to control and simplify natural and physical environments. The display included Ceal Floyer’s Door, 1995, Derek Boshier’s Vista City, 1964, and Test of Courage, 2000 by Rut Blees Luxemburg. Read more »

Chiharu Shiota: Other Side

11 October 2013 - 5 January 2014 (free)

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating monumental yet delicate environments. Towner commissioned Shiota to create an ambitious, immersive installation to pervade our entire gallery space. Visitors were able to walk around the installation and inside it, entering a dense other-wordly woven labyrinth... Read more »

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