Past exhibitions

Kelly Richardson: Legion

2 February - 14 April 2013 (free)

Kelly Richardson is known for her stunning large scale video installations of hyper-real landscapes. The theme of a dystopian post-apocalyptic Earth runs throughout, each work resonating with a delicate balance between the beautiful and the uneasy.


Bon hiver: A journey through a Winter Landscape

1 December 2012 - 3 March 2013 (free)

Modern and contemporary artists in the Towner Collection take you on a journey through the winter landscape – from the forest to the ice cap. Featuring The Forked Forest Path - a striking forest installation by Olafur Eliasson, whose artwork The Weather Project remains one of Tate’s most popular Turbine Hall installations.


People and Portraits

23 March – 13 October 13 (free)

Every portrait painting tells a story, connecting us to people across time and place. This collection display encompasses a variety of images and styles, including historical and formal portraiture, narrative scenes and self portraits. Key Towner Collection artists such as Edward Bawden, David Bomberg and Christopher Wood are represented, whilst some intriguing lesser known artists and works are also revealed.


Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography – from Benjamin Stone to Flickr

13 October 2012 - 13 January 2013 (free)

Since 1897, when Sir Benjamin Stone established the National Photographic Record Association (NPRA), photographers have had a fascination with the rites and rituals of Britain. This exhibition explores the complimentary relationship between photography and folklore practice - featuring contributions from Faye Claridge, Matthew Cowan, Doc Rowe, the Benjamin Stone Collection and more.


A Point of Departure

12 May – 11 November 2012 (free)

Inspired by our locality, this Towner Collection display explores the edge of the Sussex landscape. Our coastline has long been an inspiration for artists – from Edward Bawden, John Piper and Eric Ravilious to Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans. Also featuring the hidden works of forgotten Sussex artist Eric Slater.


The Big Art Secret

13 - 20 October 2012 (free)

An exhibition and secret auction in aid of St. Wilfrid's Hospice - featuring artworks by David Hockney and Tracey Emin, Ronnie Corbett, Greg Rusedski and the Prime Minister!


The Edge in Landscape

13 July - 30 September 2012 (free)

An exhibition of world class contemporary art by some of today’s most celebrated and exciting international artists – featuring Yael Bartana, Mario Garcia Torres, João Penalva and Eugenio Dittborn. All works on show are new acquisitions for the Towner Collection.


Harold Mockford: A Retrospective of a Sussex Painter

14 July - 30 September 2012

Harold Mockford is one of the best known and most loved Sussex artists. He depicts the familiar rolling hills, woodland and coastal scenes of the South Downs, but transforms them into the extraordinary through his use of deep, rich colours and surreal perspectives.


Willie Doherty: Disturbance

21 April - 24 June 2012 (free)

Twice Turner Prize nominated artist Willie Doherty is renowned for his video installations and photographs. Disturbance surveys his works from the mid 1980s to today - including his most recent video work, Ancient Ground, shot last year on the peat bogs of County Donegal.


This is Eastbourne, This is…

12 May - 10 June 2012 (free)

Our 2012 annual schools exhibition explores local and cultural pride. Towner Collection works depicting Sussex scenes - by artists such as Alfred Wallis - hang beside artwork by pupils from the region. This exhibition has been kindly funded by NADFAS and East Sussex County Council.