Past exhibitions

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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Sussex Open 2017

Towner is delighted to announce that our annual Open exhibition will be re-launched in 2017 as Sussex Open with artists from both East and West Sussex invited to participate. Sussex Open 2017 will bring together emerging and established artists from across Sussex, offering artists and gallery visitors a unique opportunity to present and view works by artists at every level of their career.

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Becky Beasley OUS

Across six room installations, Ous will explore Beasley’s ongoing interest in specific qualities raised by Ravilious’ practice: space, flatness, light, abstraction and nature, as well as his creative friendships. Through the filter of the artist's deep engagement with the histories and possibilities of photography, the exhibition reflects by turns on themes of gardens, interiors, weather, mourning and human encounter.

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A Certain Kind Of Light

A Certain Kind Of Light explores how artists have responded to light, its materiality, transience and effect over six decades. The exhibition brings together artworks that reflect the relationship between light and a wide range of themes from brightness, colour and perception to transformation, energy and the passage of time.

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The Museum of Art

Inspired by the eclectic collections amassed by 19th century collectors, The Museum of Art uses works from the Towner Collection to playfully reflect the mood and character of a Victorian museum. This display will include the Towner Bequest and works by Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore and Christopher Wood.

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One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

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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Towards Night

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.

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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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