Past exhibitions

Annual Schools and Colleges Exhibition 2013

11 May – 9 June 2013 (free)

Over 1,000 children and young people from across Sussex have been inspired by People and Portraits to create their own original portraits, in a range of media. For the first time Towner’s education and outreach groups also contributed to the exhibition.


Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century

27 April – 23 June 2013 (free)

One of the original artists in Freeze, the 1988 Damien Hirst-curated group show which launched the Young British Artists, Fiona Rae has become one of the leading painters of her generation. Described by the Guardian as “a Jackson Pollock for the digital age”, her distinctive body of work – full of restless energy, humour and complexity – has set out to challenge the modern conventions of painting.


East Sussex Open 2013

9 March – 28 April 2013 (free)

This exhibition showcases the best of artists and makers from across the East Sussex region - from Rye to Brighton. With works in every medium, from scall scale paintings to large scale installations, the East Sussex Open never fails to delight and inspire!


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.