Visitor FAQs – social distancing and safety precautions

When will you be open during the week? 

Our revised opening times until the end of August will be Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We will also be open on the Bank Holiday Monday 31 August.

What can I see at Towner this summer?

Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works is a major exhibition of works by these two major figures of post-war British painting, tracing the parallel paths of these key figures, and revealing shared preoccupations with passion, love, sex and poetry as their work oscillated between figuration and abstraction.

BRINK: Caroline Lucas curates the Towner Collection – An exhibition curated by Caroline Lucas MP, selecting from the 5000 works in Towner’s permanent Collection. Caroline’s selection reflects her passions and interests, from her environmental work, issues of climate change and effects on our landscape, to her love of living in Sussex.

This whole time there were no landmines by Turner Prize-winning artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, 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.

The Ravilious Gallery will also be open with its exhibition of works by Eric Ravilious. At present, there is no access to the books in the Collection Library, which shares the same space.

Lothar Götz’s large-scale mural, Dance Diagonal, spans the entire outside of the gallery and is available to enjoy 24 hours a day, every day.

How can I buy exhibition tickets?

The only ticketed exhibition currently showing at Towner is Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works. We are advising visitors to purchase tickets online in order to receive priority access in the event of queues forming. Tickets can also be purchased at the Welcome Desk while in the building. We are currently not accepting cash payments, so please be prepared to pay by card.

We are also pleased to offer free priority admission for NHS and care staff, plus one guest, to our ticketed exhibition, Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works (please bring your NHS card or evidence of your workplace).

Will there be toilets available?

Our toilets will be open with enhanced cleaning and reduced capacity. Our taps and soap dispensers are touch-free. Please wash hands thoroughly as per guidelines.

What measures will I need to take when on-site and what will Towner be doing to keep me safe?

We will be following government guidelines throughout our reopening. Here are some of the precautions that we are taking to ensure the safety of our visitors and team members:

Is it safe for elderly people and children to visit the gallery?

We will be following government guidelines to ensure the safety of our visitors. If you have any concerns, you may wish to consider visiting at start and end of days when the gallery is more likely to be quiet. If you are shielding or at risk, please check government guidelines before visiting us.

Will the Towner Café be open? 

Our ground floor café in the Cinema Bar will be open from 10.00am to 4.30pm, offering a takeaway menu of hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice cream. While there is no seating in the Cinema Bar, some will be available on the plaza outside the building. We are currently not accepting cash payments, so please come prepared to pay by card.

Will the Towner Cinema be open?

We aim to reopen the Towner Cinema in the autumn. In the meantime, we are sharing a programme of carefully curated online film content for cinema fans via Towner’s website and social media channels. You can also sign up to the mailing list to receive our monthly Towner Cinema newsletter.

Will the Collection Library be open?

We await government guidelines for the reopening of libraries. In the meantime, visitors are able to access the room, which shares its space with the Ravilious Gallery, but browsing the books is not possible. This will be reviewed once guidelines are announced.

My membership has expired during Towner’s closure. What should I do?

We will accept all expired cards dated between March and June 2020, up to and including 31 July, whether or not you renewed online or by direct debit. If you have renewed your membership during the lockdown, thank you. We will be sending your new cards by the end of July. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, we will be in touch shortly.


We are awaiting further guidance from the Government relating to the NHS Test and Trace service and how this might work in the context of a free-entry gallery. We will update our website and these FAQs when more details are known.