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Past exhibitions

Some Are Nights Others Stars

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.

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East Sussex Open 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.

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Jarman Award

We are delighted to be presenting works by artists shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award. The six shortlisted artists’ works will be screened continuously throughout the day in the Junction Box.

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David Bomberg: A Sense of Place

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.

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Melanie Manchot
People Places Propositions

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.

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Recording Britain

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.

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Walking The Line
Annual Schools Exhibition 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.

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