Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

3 February, 2018 - 20 May, 2018

Natural Selection marks the culmination of a five-year collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, the well-known ornithologist Peter Holden. Their collaborative work takes us on an ornithological journey: from the building of nests to the collecting of eggs.



17 February, 2018 - 13 May, 2018

This conceptual installation of paintings, sculptures and prints from the Towner Collection invites the visitor to inhabit the gallery spaces as they move through three defined settings. These immersive environments, created through the juxtaposition of the art works, inspire the imagination and encourage the viewer to find hidden connections by altering their perspective.  


Ravilious Room

17 October, 2017 - 13 May, 2018

  Artist and designer Eric Ravilious is renowned for some of the 20th Century’s most iconic depictions of the Sussex countryside. Since the 1930s Towner has developed […]


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Image: Edward Stott, Starlight Landscape, undated.

Edward Stott: A Master of Colour and Atmosphere

25 May, 2018 - 16 September, 2018

2018 marks the centenary of the death of Edward Stott (1855-1918), an artist described as ‘the poet-painter of the twilight’. To mark this occasion and celebrate his work, Towner is presenting a long overdue exhibition of paintings from across Stott’s lengthy career. The exhibition, which brings together a large body of Stott’s paintings for the first time in over 40 years, includes a number of works from Towner’s own permanent collection, as well as a selection of loans from national institutions including The Royal Academy,  Manchester Art Gallery, Touchstones in Rochdale, and The National Trust.


Sussex Open 2018 + Sussex Open Commission Award

21 July, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

Towner’s Sussex Open exhibition brings together the best artists from across East and West Sussex, offering a unique opportunity to view works by artists at every level […]


At Altitude

2 June, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

This exhibition will explore how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations.

Ranging from early aviation to drone surveillance the exhibition will chart these changing perspectives, illustrating how perception has shifted from when aerial images were rare and exhilarating, to the all-enveloping, but strangely flattening vantage point of Google Earth and satellite technologies that grant access to places and information one is not usually afforded.



Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship

This major touring exhibition of the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942), coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death. It explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates, including Paul and John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Tirzah Garwood, Edward Bawden, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, and Diana Low.


Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always

Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always brings together a range of artworks that explores how popular culture, and its vast compendium of imagery, words and materials has influenced recent contemporary art. With a focus on the provocative, liberating and seductive power of music and film, the exhibition considers how popular culture has continued to be a source of inspiration for artists, while also reflecting on a diverse range of themes from subculture, fandom and marginal communities, to individual, collective and national identities.


Sussex Open 2017

Towner is delighted to announce that our annual Open exhibition will be re-launched in 2017 as Sussex Open with artists from both East and West Sussex invited to participate.

Sussex Open 2017 will bring together emerging and established artists from across Sussex, offering artists and gallery visitors a unique opportunity to present and view works by artists at every level of their career.


A Green and Pleasant Land

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a transcendental or spiritual place, and one rooted in social and political histories.