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Current exhibitions

East Sussex Open 2014, Installation view, Photo courtesy Alison Bettles

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 »

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 »

Simon Roberts: Pierdom

10 July - 28 August (free)

Photographer Simon Roberts has spent the last 3 years travelling the coastline of Britain photographing the last remaining pleasure piers, culminating in a national touring exhibition and monograph, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the construction of Ryde Pier in the Isle of Wight (the first of the British piers). Read more »

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Upcoming exhibitions

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Tight Modern

20 September – 7 October (free)

Tight Modern is a miniature replica (9ft x 5ft with a 12ft high chimney) of London’s iconic Tate Modern, showcasing outstanding work by 60 marginalised and disabled artists. Read more »

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. Read more »

Past exhibitions

United Visual Artists

United Visual Artists

18 April - 22 June 2014 (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. Read more »

Annual Schools Exhibition: Our South Downs

3 May - 8 June 2014 (free)

This year's Annual Schools Exhibition was the largest yet thanks to a partnership with the South Downs National Park and Learning Through Landscapes. Schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex 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 »

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 »

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 »

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