Talks, tours & events

Art Store Tour

Sun 15 Sep | 12.00 noon

Guided by one of our knowledgeable gallery team, you will learn about the story of Towner’s impressive art collection, from the original Victorian bequest to recent acquisitions of works by contemporary artists.


In Conversation: Adam Nicolson and Tom Hammick

Fri 20 Sep | 5.00pm

Award-winning writer Adam Nicolson is joined by artist Tom Hammick to discuss their recent collaboration on The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and their Year of Marvels.


The Mother Lode Project

Fri 20 Sep | 10.30am–3.00pm

Adapt and Survive: a mentoring day for artist-mothers. Led by Judith Alder. ‘Mother lode: a principal vein or zone of gold or silver ore, or colloquially the […]


Eastbourne Sketchers

Sat 21 Sep | 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Eastbourne Sketchers is a free group run by members of the community for people who love to sketch from real life. Everyone is welcome, artist or beginner, we can all learn from and be inspired by each other.


Ink Paper + Print

Sat 21 Sep - Sun 22 Sep | From 11.00am

Towner is delighted to welcome back our friends from Ink Paper + Print for their third fair at Towner, celebrating the very best of contemporary print making, […]


Perspectives on… The Lyons Lithographs

Sun 22 Sep | 11am

Commissioned by catering giant J. Lyons and Co. to brighten the drab austerity of post-war tea houses, the resulting collection of lithographs by leading artists of the day including Bawden, Piper and Ardizzone continue to delight modern audiences.


In Conversation: Start-Rite Shoes, A Good Fit

Sun 22 Sep | 12 noon

Start-Rite’s much-loved advertising illustrations evoke that first experience of being fitted for a new pair of shoes. Join Antonia Lucas in conversation with Peter Lamble and Jenni Foster for a discussion that leads us from the Start-Rite print archives to current shoe design for growing feet.



Sun 22 Sep | 2.00pm

A documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design. Featuring an original score by Brian Eno.


In Conversation: Allan Grainger and Melanie Rose

Fri 27 Sep | 2.00pm

Allan Grainger is working on a series of photographs taken during night walks on the South Downs, inspired by the landscapes of Eric Ravilious. He will be joined in conversation by Melanie Rose a visual artist and member of LAND2, a national network of artist/researchers with an interest in place-oriented art.