Current exhibitions

Edward Stott: A Master of Colour and Atmosphere

26 May, 2018 - 16 September, 2018

2018 marks the centenary of the death of Edward Stott (1855-1918), an artist described as 'the poet-painter of the twilight'. To mark this occasion and celebrate his work, Towner is presenting a long overdue exhibition of paintings from across Stott’s lengthy career. The exhibition, which brings together a large body of Stott’s paintings for the first time in over 40 years, includes a number of works from Towner’s own permanent collection, as well as a selection of loans from national institutions including The Royal Academy,  Manchester Art Gallery, Touchstones in Rochdale, and The National Trust.

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At Altitude

2 June, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

At Altitude is a selective look at the historical impact and the continuing appeal of the aerial image. Ranging from the exhilarating viewpoints of early aviation to the all-enveloping but flattening vantage point of Google Earth, the exhibition charts these changing perspectives, illustrating how the wonder of the overhead view was transformed through advances in technology as altitudes became higher and horizons more distant.

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Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best

2 June, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

5000 Feet is the Best (2011) is a film about drone warfare and the pilots who operate these machines. Based on a series of interviews the artist conducted with a former drone operator now working as a Las Vegas casino security guard, the work takes its name from the optimum operational flight altitude of a US Air Force Predator drone – at a distance of 5000 feet drones can identify virtually anything. 5000 Feet is the Best was acquired for Towner’s Collection, in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, through Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund for Museums.

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Sussex Open 2018 + The Eastbourne Arts Circle Commission Award

21 July, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

Towner Art Gallery’s annual open submission exhibition brings together the best artists from across East and West Sussex, from new talent to established figures. The 28 artists featured in this year's exhibition have been selected to celebrate the wealth of diversity and talent in the region. The selection includes painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, film and installation.

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Ravilious Room

26 May, 2018 - 16 September, 2018

Artist and designer Eric Ravilious is renowned for some of the 20th Century's most iconic depictions of the Sussex countryside. Since the 1930s Towner has developed one of the largest public collections of Ravilious' work as well as extensive archive materials.

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