Sussex Modern

Eric Ravilious, Beachy Head, 1939. Towner Collection

Towner are pleased to be an arts partner for Sussex Modern.

Sussex Modern brings together a unique experience of thirty-six memorable places with the creativity that defines the county’s modern, independent spirit. Contemporary art, ancient landscapes and innovative winemaking are all here in Sussex to be explored and enjoyed. Sussex Modern celebrates the county’s distinctive contribution to modern culture.

Join us and join the dots and curate your own trail this summer.

Sussex occupies a unique position in the recent history of British thought, art and literature. It has helped shape our modern world. One hundred years ago writers, artists and designers recognised Sussex and its landscape as a place of inspiration and an escape from the city. It suited their radical ideas, alternative lifestyles and independent spirits.

Today Sussex is studded with galleries, museums, artists’ houses and performance venues: thirteen extraordinary spaces that explore historic and contemporary stories of ‘making’ while reflecting the essence of modern creativity. From the writings of Virginia Woolf to the paintings of Eric Ravilious, the photographs of Lee Miller and the type design of Eric Gill, Sussex Modern represents a rich assembly of artistic endeavour and talent. A changing programme of exhibitions, events and performances spotlights the best and most exciting of contemporary work.

In this century Sussex has also inspired a new generation of creative pioneers. Working with the soil and climate, a modern winemaking industry has grown from the landscape and rapidly built an international reputation. There are opportunities to see how the wine is made and to enjoy both still and sparkling varieties.

With the creation of the South Downs National Park in 2010 the county has also opened up new ways to experience, enjoy and learn about its landscape, nature and history. Its own distinctive landscape of woodlands, rolling hills and hidden pathways was once the site of medieval iron forges and today offers plenty to explore, especially on foot or by bike.

Together the art, landscape and wine of Sussex make for a fascinating and refreshingly modern experience – one that stimulates the senses and rewards the curious. All just an hour or so from London.