Past exhibitions

Film London Jarman Award 2018

This exhibition brings together six artists at the forefront of experimentation in filmmaking – Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek, Daria Martin, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon – who are nominated for this year’s Film London Jarman Award.

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Sussex Open 2018 + The Eastbourne Arts Circle Commission Award

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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At Altitude

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

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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Edward Stott: A Master of Colour and Atmosphere

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.

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Inhabit

This conceptual installation of paintings, sculptures and prints from the Towner Collection invites the visitor to inhabit the gallery spaces as they move through three defined settings. These immersive environments, created through the juxtaposition of the art works, inspire the imagination and encourage the viewer to find hidden connections by altering their perspective.  

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Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

Natural Selection marks the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, the well-known ornithologist Peter Holden. Their collaborative work takes us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.

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Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship

This major touring exhibition of the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death. It explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates, including Paul and John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Tirzah Garwood, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, and Diana Low.

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Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always

Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always brings together a range of artworks that explores how popular culture, and its vast compendium of imagery, words and materials has influenced recent contemporary art. With a focus on the provocative, liberating and seductive power of music and film, the exhibition considers how popular culture has continued to be a source of inspiration for artists, while also reflecting on a diverse range of themes from subculture, fandom and marginal communities, to individual, collective and national identities.

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