Past exhibitions

Hannah Perry GUSH

Featuring large-scale dynamic sound sculpture, film and wall-based works, GUSH is a candid and personal exploration of mental and emotional health in our contemporary, hyper-networked society by British artist Hannah Perry in her first major solo exhibition in the UK outside London.

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Draw Me In

Draw Me In looks at what the gallery’s collection can teach everyone about drawing from a more progressive perspective. It includes works by twelve women artists including Ursula Mommens, Elizabeth McGill, Elisabeth Frink and Ceal Floyer, alongside work from nearly 50 local groups, involving 2,000 children and young people.

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The Everyday and Extraordinary

The notion of the found object as artistic material, content and subject-matter provides the inspiration for The Everyday and Extraordinary, an exhibition presenting a Wunderkammer of modern and contemporary artworks drawn from the Arts Council Collection.

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Sussex Open 2018 + The Eastbourne Arts Circle Commission Award

Towner Art Gallery’s annual open submission exhibition brings together the best artists from across East and West Sussex, from new talent to established figures. The 28 artists featured in this year's exhibition have been selected to celebrate the wealth of diversity and talent in the region. The selection includes painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photography, film and installation.

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At Altitude

At Altitude is a selective look at the historical impact and the continuing appeal of the aerial image. Ranging from the exhilarating viewpoints of early aviation to the all-enveloping but flattening vantage point of Google Earth, the exhibition charts these changing perspectives, illustrating how the wonder of the overhead view was transformed through advances in technology as altitudes became higher and horizons more distant.

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Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best

5000 Feet is the Best (2011) is a film about drone warfare and the pilots who operate these machines. Based on a series of interviews the artist conducted with a former drone operator now working as a Las Vegas casino security guard, the work takes its name from the optimum operational flight altitude of a US Air Force Predator drone – at a distance of 5000 feet drones can identify virtually anything. 5000 Feet is the Best was acquired for Towner’s Collection, in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, through Art Fund’s Moving Image Fund for Museums.

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Edward Stott: A Master of Colour and Atmosphere

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.

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Inhabit

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.  

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Andy Holden & Peter Holden: Natural Selection

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.

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