Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works

15 February, 2020 - 20 September, 2020

Towner Eastbourne are pleased to present a major exhibition Alan Davie (1920–2014) and David Hockney (b. 1937) that will explore the convergence between these two major figures of post-war British painting.


Lawrence Abu Hamdan: This whole time there were no landmines

6 March, 2020 - 18 September, 2020

Recently acquired by Towner, This whole time there were no landmines (2017) is an eight-monitor installation with sound, that uses collected cell-phone-video footage from 2011 to document a ‘shouting valley’ that lies in the contested area of the Golan Heights, Syria.


BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection

13 December, 2019 - 6 September, 2020

Caroline Lucas – politician, cultural advocate and environmental campaigner – has taken on a new challenge: curating her first ever exhibition. Selecting from over 5000 works in the Towner Collection, Caroline’s choices reflect and resonate with her passions and interests.


Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library

22 November, 2019 - 6 September, 2020

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


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Towner International

6 October, 2020 - 10 January, 2021

Towner International is a major new biennial exhibition of contemporary art that will take place at Towner in 2020, featuring British and International artists. The Brewers Prize of £10,000 will be awarded to an overall winner chosen from the exhibiting artists.


John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace

1 May, 2021 - 26 September, 2021

Often overshadowed by his better-known brother Paul Nash and with no major exhibition of his work since the Royal Academy’s exhibition in 1967, this will be the largest outing for John Nash in over 50 years and certainly the most substantial retrospective since his death.



David Nash: 200 Seasons

This exhibition is a major survey of Nash’s career from the late 1960s to the present day, exploring his unique contribution to British sculpture and the international Land Art movement.


Film London Jarman Award
2019 Shortlist

Discover works that explore new digital practices, experimental animation and fresh approaches to analogue filmmaking in this screening of cutting-edge artists’ films in the Towner Cinema.


Allan Grainger: Downland Gloaming

Night walks over the old chalk paths and byways of the Downs, along with the work of the artist Eric Ravilious and the poetry of Edward Thomas are the main inspirations behind Allan Grainger’s series of photographs, Downland Gloaming.


TEN: Towner curates the collection

To celebrate Towner’s tenth anniversary in the Rick Mather designed building new Eastbourne’s seafront, a group from Towner’s team who have worked and volunteered at the gallery since 2009 have curated an exhibition from works in the permanent collection that have been acquired in the last ten years.


Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sedibeng, it comes with the rain

Sedibeng, it comes with the rain is an immersive installation set in an environment of reflecting and refracting light, on a floor strewn with feathers, metal abstractions, letter charms, bags of healing herbs, images of ripe fruits and flowers native to Africa, the work explores notions of fertility, land, resistance, Afro-diasporic spiritual aesthetics and practices. Bopape has exhibited work across the globe, including at the 10th Berlin Biennale and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. This will be the artist’s first major solo presentation in England.


Phoebe Unwin: Iris

This exhibition, which includes new works, takes its name from the artist’s late maternal grandmother and reflects on the ideas surrounding how the iris works, moving from the intimate and unspoken to the communal, stretching to different times, reflective of the nature of painting itself.


Eastbourne Arts Circle Sculptural Commission

Towner Art Gallery and Eastbourne Arts Circle have commissioned a new work by Sussex artist Helen Turner to be displayed in the gallery’s window this summer. The commissioned work will be situated in the window that faces visitors as they arrive at Towner and is seen each season by thousands of Eastbourne residents and visitors. The commission also coincides with the launch of Eastbourne’s new Devonshire Quarter plaza and recently renovated Congress Theatre.


The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection

Anne Hardy’s work derives from places she calls ‘pockets of wild space’ – gaps in the urban space where materials, atmospheres, and emotions gather – using what she finds there to manifest sensory and unstable installation works that fully immerse you. Hardy brings this approach to her selection for Towner, envisioning the gallery space as a shifting impermanent landscape, a meditative environment shaped by local weather data, which has been translated into gently fluctuating light.