Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library

Please note: Towner Eastbourne will re-open on 18 May 2021, including the shop, cafe and two major new exhibitions – John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace, and John Akomfrah: Vertigo Sea – BUT the Ravilious Gallery will not re-open until Saturday 29 May.

There is currently no access to books in the Collection Library. This is in accordance with government guidelines and with carefully planned social distancing measures and safety measures in place. For details see our announcement page and FAQs page

Since the 1930s, Towner has developed one of the largest public collections of work by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942) as well as extensive archive materials.

The Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library, supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle, is a dedicated space presenting changing exhibitions of works by Eric Ravilious selected from Towner’s extensive collection of his work.

The gallery also houses a library of books on artists in Towner’s Collection, providing a free to access research area.

Works currently on display are:

Downs in Winter, 1935

Dolly Engine, 1934

Lighthouses at Newhaven, 1935

Pond at Birling Manor Farm (East Dean), 1925

Litlington, Sussex, undated

Hampden Park, 1928 c.

Cuckmere Haven, 1939

Interior at Furlongs, 1939

Mount Caburn, 1935

Shepherd’s Cottage (The Lay), 1934

James and The Foremost Prince, 1934

Channel Steamer Leaving Harbour, 1935

Beachy Head (unfinished), c.1939

We also have examples of Ravilious’ woodcuts, a number of his designs for Wedgwood and examples of Ravilious designed Wedgwood ceramics              


Images: Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library, Towner Art Gallery. Photos: Rob Harris

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