Exhibition opening with live performance by London Contemporary Orchestra musicians

Photography by Tom D Morgan – www.tomdmorgan.com

You’re invited to a special event celebrating the launch of four new exhibitions and our new Art School programme. In addition to all of our exhibitions being open until late, there will be chips and music in the bar following which, a trio of musicians from London Contemporary Orchestra will perform John Cage’s Ryoanji live at Towner Art Gallery.

This piece, by one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, was inspired by the zen rock garden at the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

This launch event is free and open to everyone. No booking – drop in any time throughout the evening and bring your friends.


The launch event will be preceded at 5.00pm by an Artists in Conversation event with exhibition artists Anne Hardy and Carey Young before the exhibitions open at 6.00pm. Booking for this talk recommended as spaces are limited.


More information about the exhibitions and Art School:

The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection
British artist Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection in Towner’s eighth and final exhibition as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19

Carey Young: Palais de Justice
Towner presents the first UK exhibition of Carey Young’s critically-acclaimed video installation Palais de Justice (2017). Having surreptitiously filmed female judges and lawyers at the main courthouse of Brussels, Young’s work imagines a legal system centred on, and perhaps controlled by women.

Figure Study II: Joe Hill curates the Towner Collection
Our new Director Joe Hill curates a personal response to Towner’s renowned collection. The collection display is the first in a new series selected by a range of invited guests and groups, offering the people of Eastbourne the opportunity to get to know their collection.

Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library
Supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle, this new dedicated space presents changing exhibitions of works by Eric Ravilious selected from Towner’s extensive collection of his work. The new gallery also houses a library of books on artists in Towner’s Collection.

Art School
Our learning programme enables everyone to benefit from arts and culture at Towner. This year we are to considering the role a gallery plays in arts education and artistic development. Our existing and new programme will relaunching as Art School in our ground floor studios.

London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists

  • Percussion: Sam Wilson
  • Flute, pre-recorded & live electronics: Pasha Mansurov
  • Sound Projection: Phil Jones for Class 6 Productions
  • LCO co-Artistic Directors: Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt
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