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David Bomberg, Valley of La Hermida Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain, 1935. Image courtesy Museums Sheffield

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.


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.


Ravilious Room

9 July, 2016 - 11 September, 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.


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image: Peter Doig, Echo Lake, 1998

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.



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Melanie Manchot
People Places Propositions

16 April, 2016 - 10 July, 2016

Towner presents the first major exhibition of new and recent work by London-based photographer, video and installation artist Melanie Manchot. People, Places, Propositions is the most significant exhibition of Melanie Manchot’s work to date in the UK, including the premiere of Out of Bounds (2016), a cinematic two-part installation shot in the alpine mountains of Engelberg in Switzerland.


Recording Britain

5 February, 2016 - 26 June, 2016

At the outbreak of the Second World War an ambitious scheme was set up to employ artists on the home front to record the changing landscape of Britain. Sir Kenneth Clark commissioned artists to paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’, documenting rural and urban environments and precious buildings under threat, not only from bombs but from the effects of ‘progress’ and development. The result was a collection of more than 1500 watercolours of which 49 are on display in this exhibition.


Walking The Line
Annual Schools Exhibition 2016

24 March, 2016 - 5 June, 2016

This year’s theme is Walking the Line, exploring how drawing and mark-making is the starting point for expressing ourselves. The works which were chosen from our collection which reflect this subject include Sleeping Fawn by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and L12, 1957 by Hans Hartung.