Barbara Flint talks us through our Tapestry workshop
The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to experiment and discover a new craft technique.
The tutor, Philip Sanderson, from West Dean College, was an extremely knowledgeable and experienced tapestry weaver and a fantastic teacher. He included a very interesting introduction to the history and work of the West Dean Tapestry Studio and followed it by giving us a clear
step-by-step guide to a few of the basic techniques of tapestry weaving, from making simple blocks of colour to creating diagonals, dots or ‘beads’, stripes and other linear patterns.
The time flew by as we all concentrated on trying to produce professional looking samples in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, resulting in a small example to take home. The techniques of tapestry weaving are sophisticated and become ever more complex the more complicated the design, however this felt like a very comprehensive introduction and I for one, am inspired to make a loom and keep on weaving!
The banner on the wall of the Pavilion depicts a work Ice Pick Nick Fisherman from 1979 by artist Karl Wirsum (b.1939, USA), who collected toys and puppets. This work is inspired by his collection. They are small hand-made wooden puppets, with wooden handles for the puppeteer to hold. They depict fisherman, who used ice-picks to fish. The puppets are part of our How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s exhibition, which features works by 14 artists whose distinctive and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Many of the works were inspired by the artists’ love of everyday items such as comic books, amusement arcades and advertising, with no hidden meaning.
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The De La Warr Pavilion extend our biggest congratulations to Tai Shani for making the 2019 Turner Prize shortlist.
Shani’s artistic contribution to our spring exhibition, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2 and her continued support of our extended programme of events have been invaluable in the exhibition’s success. The Pavilion is thrilled to once again have the privilege of bringing Turner Prize-nominated work to our visitors.
From Turner Contemporary’s shortlist announcement:
For her participation in Glasgow International 2018, solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds and participation in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The jury noted the compelling nature of Shani’s ongoing project Dark Continent, particularly the work’s ability to combine historical texts with contemporary references and issues.
Developed over four years, it takes inspiration from a 15th-century feminist text, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies. Shani uses theatrical installations, performances and films to create her own allegorical city of women populated by fantastical characters, transporting the viewer to another time and place.
Co-curator of Still I Rise, Cédric Fauq, on why Shani’s work was included in the exhibition: “Tai Shani’s work has that potency to shift the aesthetic vocabulary often attached to contemporary feminist practices. Not only her work appeals to the eyes, but it also has that haptic quality, it makes you want to touch. What I find particularly compelling is how this better leads you to focus on the stories she is telling. More than a realm, Tai’s body of work creates a whole cosmos. One where white patriarchy got swallowed by a black hole.”
“These are models for a structured, tragic play about my family.
These are sites for myth making and the collapse of myth into prosaic materials both natural and synthetic.
These are her bodily remains.
These are cryptic; they are spell books, to be read literally but with profound belief.
These are maquettes for never closing, hedonistic nightclubs, where we can lose our minds.
These are a symbolic portrait of a time-travelling mystic. These are an aerial drone view of archaeological sites of unknown civilisations, from the very far past of the very far future.
These are dwellings for my cat Oedipuss.
These are a faery corpse.
These are a medieval vision of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions.
These are airports for extra-terrestrials my parent’s sibling said when they saw them.
These are portraits for ghosts to come into our world, they can be summoned here.”
Dark Continent (Phantasmagoregasm), 2018
“Phantasmagoregasm is an 18th-century hermaphrodite writer of Gothic fiction. Many of the early Victorian prominent gothic writers were women that wrote under their own names, or under psychonyms, arguably establishing the horror genre. That character that appears in this exhibition is one of twelve from my Dark Continent project. They are interpretations of women that, at different points in history, had access to a public life and selfrealisation under supernatural and mystical terms.”
We are delighted to announce that Ladybird by Design will open at House of Illustration in King’s Cross, London.
This exhibition, of over 120 original illustrations from Ladybird books was seen in its extended version at the De La Warr Pavilion earlier this year and proved to be our most popular exhibition to date.
The exhibition celebrates 100 years since the Ladybird logo was first registered in 1915.
Inspired by the book by Lawrence Zeegen, published in March 2015, the exhibition features iconic images from Ladybird series including People At Work, Shopping With Mother, Science, Nature, Well Loved Tales and Key Words, as well as rare photographs and correspondence.
Specially commissioned illustrations, clever format and compelling design, combined with the quality of the writing, were key to the success of the Ladybird books.
Colin McKenzie, House of Illustration’s Director, said:
“It is difficult to think of a series of books that has had such a profound influence on successive generations of children as Ladybird Books. Ladybird recognised, probably more than any other children’s publisher, the unique power of illustration to capture the present and to conjure up the past in a way that children found irresistible, and this important exhibition celebrates not just these iconic images, but the illustrators who created them.”
Ladybird’s full-colour, full-page illustrations were commissioned from well-known illustrators such as Charles Tunnicliffe (What To Look For titles, series 536), Harry Wingfield (Shopping with Mother, series 563, and Key Words, series 641), Martin Aitchison (Key Words titles), Eric Winter and Robert Lumley (Well-loved Tales, series 606d), John Berry (People at Work, series 606b) and Robert Ayton (Great Inventions and The Story of Oil, series 601).
Selection was rigorous, with only the best commercial illustrators commissioned. Early Ladybird books had 24 illustrations and each book had 56 pages, created out of one sheet of paper which was then folded and cut to size. This was originally an ingenious response to paper rationing , and enabled the books to be sold very cheaply.
Unparalleled in their attention to detail and unique sense of place, the books demonstrate the power of illustration to open up the world to children and their parents, grandparents and teachers alike. They present a compelling piece of visual history, conjuring up life in Britain in more innocent times.
Ladybird by Design is a touring exhibition from De La Warr Pavilion, co-curated by Lawrence Zeegen and DLWP Head of Exhibitions Jane Won.
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The De La Warr Pavilion is pleased to announce Film Works by John Stezaker, presenting three films – Horse (2012), Crowd (2013) and Cathedral (2013) – for the first time in a UK public institution.
The films are made up of a vast amount of the artist’s personal collection of film stills (Crowd), postcards (Cathedral) and racehorse catalogues (Horse), re-photographed and projected in a random sequence at 24 images per second without sound.
These ‘still’ films are anything but still. In standard analogue cinema projection, the illusion of spatial continuity and impression of motion is created by the frame rate of 24 per second with an incremental difference between frames. No such relation exists between the frames of these films as individual frame differs, which leaves the viewer blind to any comprehensive narrative. As human eyes and brain can process up to 10-12 separate images per second, the fast paced disparate images in these films create a spectacle of discontinuity. Gradually, however, after yielding to the immersive experience, the intensity begins to settle into a dream-like space of estranged after-images; each viewing and repeat viewing rewards a different experience. The experience of the isolated images in the films and those of the collages and image fragments that Stezaker is known for are a lot closer than one would expect. Speed and stillness seem in this respect to be different ways of withdrawing the film images from its narrative legibility and temporality.
Photographed identically in conformity with fixed image specifications, the image source for Horse is an annual publication advertising racehorses for stud. Looped in the order of their appearance from the first publication in 1984 through to when the ‘Stallion Annual’ changed format in 2001, the film represents an accelerated genetic history of the racehorse.
Horse and Cathedral are concerned with creating singular images within multiplicity – in reverse to Muybridge’s galloping horse which create stillness and singularity within flux and multiplicity, it is a shuddering Parkinsonian proximity to stillness which is achieved. Selected predominantly views down the central isles of churches and cathedrals, Cathedral is an attempt to explore the cinematic effect of a less stable central object of attention than Horse by embracing a bigger range of pictorial variation.
Crowd is built with a collection of film stills of crowd scenes. It is a crowd of crowds, a space of multiplicity so overwhelming that it becomes a space of disappearance. George Didi-Huberman describes the ‘extra’ as a threshold figure whose appearance functions as a kind of disappearance; the crowd of extras represents a semi visible background against which the star appears. Crowd explores this threshold between appearance and disappearance.
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Notes To Editors
John Stezaker: Film Works, 2 May – 19 July 2015, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill on Sea East Sussex TN40 1DP. Open everyday 10am – 6pm. Free admission. For further information call 01424 229111 or visit www.dlwp.com
John Stezaker was born in 1949 in England. He studied at the Slade School of Art 1967–1973. Stezaker has been centrally influential in a number of developments in art over the last four decades; from Conceptual Art, New Image Art through to a more recent interest in collage amongst the younger generation of British artists. Showing first as a part of the British Conceptual Art group in The New Art, 1972 (the first Hayward Annual), Stezaker’s interest in the concept soon gave way to a long-term fascination with the image, finding new aesthetic allegiances with the image through working with found photographs and printed matter. This fascination is translated into alterations, deletions, visual concordances and juxtapositions of disparate sources, intuitively creating new images, relationships, characters and meanings. Solo exhibitions in recent years have included the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013), The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011) then touring to MUDAM, Luxembourg and Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2012), Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2010), A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy (2008), GAK Bremen, Germany (2008). He won Deutsche Börse photography award in 2012. www.theapproach.co.uk/artists/stezaker/
The De La Warr Pavilion is Grade One Listed modernist icon for the contemporary arts, situated on the seafront in Bexhill on Sea. Opened in 1935, it remains true to its original principals as a pioneering place where people matter and a catalyst for the cultural regeneration of the region. The Pavilion celebrates its 80th anniversary2015-2016 and is a registered charity supported by Arts Council England, Rother District Council as well as other trusts, foundations and individual donations. www.dlwp.com
The great thing about the Leckey exhibition is that it keeps throwing up ideas. I’d become interested in the Long Tail idea – 80% of internet users access the same 20% of content but the remaining 80% of content snakes its way through all out lives in various ways. For my last but one gallery intervention I’d asked people to wrote down what they used phones, television, computers, the internet, books, paper, a pen and the letter A for and also how the felt about these things. I was hoping to find some kind of 80/20 revelation about the way in which we communicate and receive information. I didn’t. But I did get into some very interesting conversations about the exhibition with some of the visitors!
For my final afternoon of gallery interventions I knew that I wanted to do something that would somehow pull all four sessions together and enable me to write something, so I decided to ask visitors to take part in a word association. I started off with the words Leckey uses to categorise the exhibits ANIMAL BODY MACHINE and then, a bit like Chinese Whispers, the next visitor would write a word association to the word the previous person left. No-one saw the whole list and pretty soon it became impossible to tell which category was which. What I was after was trying to recreate the way in which Leckey’s online searches led from object to object by using people’s associative responses instead of the internet.
So this is what it looked like
and this is what I wrote, italicised words are taken straight from the lists:
ANIMAL BODY MACHINE – My head is a desktop
It rained that day.
White pavilion domes on grey skies.
Hunched people, scarves lying parallel to the plain of the horizon in the rain shiny wind.
Inside is quiet.
The sound of the dumb things,
The placing of feet,
The murmur of voices.
Sometimes a solo shriek then sshhhh………
A machine’s heartbeat
Click to click to click, click, click.
Pursued, followed, found.
One thing led to another thing.
Snaking round, gathering in
“I don’t understand it to be honest”
“I think it’s wonderful”
ANIMAL BODY MACHINE
Desktop folders. My head is a desktop, sort of. So must yours be. Follow the links and Animal goes to Outfit, Body goes to Wealth and Machine goes to People.
You, me, them, they
The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things
Conform: strict, careful placing
Treasure chocolate angels fake high-life stripes
Treacle parachute flags yellow beach
Car gears ROAR
Tasty fruit nails
Dog meat corpse
Bodies mouth hate noise
ANIMAL BODY MACHINE
Lion Mouth Robot
Roar Speech Movement
Lion Dumb Ballet
Cat Mindless Strength
Furry Choke Wonder
Pipe Careful Amazing
Cleaner Placing Gears
Liquid Table Machine
Fairy Tangible Fruit
Liquidity Segment Compote
Sea Arc Vegetable
Beach Rainbow Carrot
Swimming Colours Jasper
Costume Yellow Person
Outfit Banana People
ANIMAL BODY MACHINE
Giraffe Clock Legs
Spot Sand Nails
Conform Beach Hate
Obey Sea Love
Strict Fish You
School Chips Me
Children Fish You
Sweets Fear Them
Calories Parachute They
Dietary Bungee Happen
Fat Elastic Find
Treacle Plastic Treasure
Tart Fake Pirate
Cake Gems Skull
Tasty Wealth Floral
ANIMAL BODY MACHINE
Dog Fingers Car
Meat Chocolate Trip
Bread Mousse Vision
Bodies Chocolate Express
Corpse Brownies Paper
Life Sister Tiger
Death Family Stripes
Angels Children Flags
High Noise Travel
Life Sound Car
Death Vision Exhaust
Time Inspire Fumes
Short Help Cars
And on a sweeter note:
Copyright Christine Harmar-Brown October 2013
With thanks to the De La Warr Pavilion gallery visitors to the Mark Leckey exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things on Saturday October 19 2013
The De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Gallery, and Towner – three of the most exciting visual arts galleries in the UK – have joined forces to create a cultural trail which promises a fabulous weekend of great art, great food and the great outdoors. The three award-winning galleries share a stunning 20 mile stretch of East Sussex coastline, which – less than 90 minutes from London – is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
The Coastal Culture Trail will be launched on the weekend of 7-9 June 2013, during which there will be a variety of special events taking place across the three galleries. Below is a suggested itinerary; however, visitors are encouraged to create their own itineraries from the ‘What’s On?’ section.
Friday 7 June
Spend the evening at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings for a night of art and gourmet food. Exclusive after-hours access to the galleries will allow visitors to browse the permanent collection of 20th and 21st century British art as well as our temporary exhibition of figurative works by the acclaimed 20th century British artist William Scott RA (1913-1989), before enjoying a gourmet five course meal in the first floor café, overlooking Hastings’ fishing beach. The supper will be freshly prepared by Webbe’s chefs from fish caught locally by Hastings’ famous beach launched fleet.
Enjoy wandering the historic streets of Hastings’ picturesque Old Town. There are a number of excellent quirky boutiques and cafés and the antique shops are a great place to pick up a bargain. Test your skills on one of the crazy golf courses on the seafront or take Hastings funicular railway to the East Hill and enjoy the views over the town and sea.
From Hastings you can take a 10 minute train journey to Bexhill. Alternatively, rent a bike and enjoy the coastal cycle route, which runs from Hastings to Bexhill.
Join a tour around the Grade One listed Modernist De La Warr Pavilion built in 1935 and restored in 2005. After a bite to eat in the De La Warr Pavilion’s café, perhaps sitting on the balconies overlooking the sea, explore the exhibition of work by Australian artist Shaun Gladwell including a skate ramp on the roof! Turn your hand to creating your own fanzine in De La Warr’s fanzine workshop, take a walk on Bexhill’s new contemporary sea-front or browse the independent shops for vintage bargains and gifts. In the evening you can enjoy a night of comedy at the Pavilion with comedian Henning Wehn.
Take the short train journey to Eastbourne (15 minutes from Bexhill or 25 minutes from Hastings;) and experience Towner’s mix of traditional and cutting edge contemporary art. Don’t miss the major exhibition of Fiona Rae, one of the leading painters of the YBA generation. Then head to the Collection Gallery for a display of People and Portraits drawn from Towner’s renowned collection of nearly 5,000 historic, modern and contemporary works – featuring artists such as Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden and David Bomberg. Take an exclusive peek behind the scenes with a Towner Collection Store Tour – offered free for the first time, only to participants on the Coastal Culture Trail.
Towner sits at the foot of the South Downs National Park so, after taking in the striking views of the Downs from Towner’s café bar, why not round off the weekend with a walk in some of the South’s most beautiful countryside? From Eastbourne it is a short journey to Beachy Head, the Long Man of Wilmington and the Cuckmere Valley – areas of outstanding natural beauty which have inspired many of Britain’s most celebrated artists!
… Alternatively, you could do the trail in reverse from Eastbourne to Hastings via Bexhill – the choice of how to explore the world class art along this beautiful stretch of Sussex coastline is yours!
Sean Gladwell Cycles of Radical Will
2 Feb 2013- 23 Jun 2013 10am – 6pm, free
De La Warr Pavilion
This is the Australian artist’s largest solo show in the UK to date and features films and sculptures which look at the creative conflict between cultural practices, traditions and sub-cultures. For this show, he has looked at the region’s subcultures of motorcyclists, Jack-In-The- Green and BMX-ers and his work includes a motorcycle embedded into a wall and a BMS/skate ramp on the roof.
People and Portraits
23 March – 6 October
A Towner Collection display featuring Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden, David Bomberg, Ugo Rondinone and many more. Paintings, photography and sculpture tease out a thread of connections between artists, subjects, and those who commissioned the portrait or donated it to the collection.
William Scott: Divided Figure
27 April – 10 July
Divided Figure celebrates the centenary of the birth of William Scott (1913-1989) one of the leading and most influential British artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on Scott’s figure works made between 1954-1973 when he was at the height of his career and investigates Scott’s exploration of the divide between abstraction and figuration.
Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century
27 April -23 June
Post-2000 and new works from one of the leading painters of the YBA generation, recently described by the Guardian as “a Jackson Pollock for the digital age”. Rae draws her influences from a range of sources including graphic novels, Japanese anime and the painterly splashes and drips of Abstract Expressionism.
Annual Schools and Colleges Exhibition 2013
11 May – 9 June
Over 1,000 children and young people have been inspired by People and Portraits to create their own original portraits. Step into our portrait booth, discover the stories behind the golden frames and become the star of your own Towner Collection painting!
The Chapman Brothers
17 May – 10 July
Turner Prize nominated artists the Chapman Brothers explore the weird and wonderful in an exhibition of their drawings.
‘Hastings Catch’ Gourmet Dinner
Friday 7 June 6.30pm for 7.30 pm dinner, £40 per head (includes aperitif, five course dinner and gallery admission)
Special after-hours access to the galleries will allow you to browse the collection of 20th and 21st century British art and the exhibition of work by acclaimed 20th century British artist William Scott (1913-1989), before enjoying a five course gourmet meal in the first floor café, overlooking Hastings fishing beach.The supper will be prepared by Webbe’s chefs from fish caught locally by Hastings’ famous beach launched fleet.
Collection Store Tours
Saturday 8 June & Sunday 9 June 11.30am – FREE if you quote Coastal Culture Trail when booking by phone (usually £5/£4 concession)
Towner is home to an internationally renowned collection of almost 5,000 historic, modern and contemporary works. This is a unique opportunity to view the Towner Collection behind the scenes, and learn about how an art collection is stored and conserved.
Saturday 8 June 12 noon, free
De la Warr Pavilion
Enjoy a tour of the De La Warr Pavilion and learn the stories behind the creation and restoration of this much loved and internationally important building
Fanzine Workshop with Tristan Manco
Saturday 8 June 1-4pm, free
De la Warr Pavilion
Celebrate your own culture, passions and obsessions through art and design through this fanzine workshop. With an emphasis on DIY culture, you will explore handmade techniques to produce your own custom fanzine – such as, hand-lettering, hand drawing, stenciling, photocopying, cut-out letters, letterpress, stickers, stencils and magazine collage.
Expert’s talk: Sarah Brown on Fiona Rae
Saturday 8 June 2pm, £5/£4 concession
An introduction to Fiona Rae’s work by the Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery. Sarah will illuminate Fiona’s practice within the context of contemporary painting and the broader history of painting.
Free Family Drop-in
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, free
Art materials and family learning booklets are available every weekend and daily during school holidays. Families are invited to get creative and make some art of their own, inspired by the exhibitions on show!
A touching and personal biography of the life of William Scott told by his son, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, James Scott.
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, free on admission
Our children’s trail uses drawing and problem solving to help children take a closer look at the works in our exhibition and collection.
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, 2pm, free on admission
Find out more about the Jerwood Collection in our series of talks and tours. The weekend of the 8/9 of June will have a special focus on works in the Jerwood Collection inspired by Sussex.
Saturday 8 June 8pm, tickets £11.50 – £12.50
De la Warr Pavilion (auditorium)
This very funny German comedian performs for the first time in Bexhill. Recent TV and radio appearances include QI (BBC2), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), The Unbelievable Truth and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Fighting Talk (BBC Five Live) and his own six part BBC Radio2 series Henning Knows Best. ‘Side-splittingly funny’ (The Times)
Sunday 9 June 2pm (TBC), free on admission
Find out more about the award-winning architecture of the Jerwood Gallery, designed by HAT Projects in this special free building tour.
Visit Grand Bocca, Eastbourne’s newest and hottest foodie destination, for dinner on Friday or Saturday evening – they are offering a free glass of their finest house fizz per person for every party to quote ‘Coastal Culture Trail’ when booking (available from 7-8 June 2013 inclusive, subject to availability – see Towner website for terms & conditions) http://grandbocca.com/
Webbe’s at Jerwood – Jerwood Gallery’s café serves a range dishes, perfect for lunch or afternoon tea. The café’s supper clubs offer gourmet evening meals in the setting of the gallery, using the best local produce. http://www.jerwoodgallery.org/cafe
The Devonshire Park Hotel is kindly offering 20% off accommodation if you quote ‘Coastal Culture Trail’ when booking (see Towner website for terms & conditions) – http://www.devonshire-park-hotel.co.uk/
Hastings House – http://www.hastingshouse.co.uk/ (5% discount on Friday night stays and 10% discount on two night stay when quoting Coastal Culture Trail on booking. Please note that Hastings House do not take one night bookings for Saturday nights.)
The Grade One Listed, Modernist De La Warr Pavilion is a centre for the contemporary arts which stands proudly overlooking Bexhill’s new seafront. Built in 1935 and restored in 2005, it has exhibitions in two galleries, top music and comedy acts and film programme in the auditorium , a café and bar with outside balconies and magnificent sea views, a large flat roof open-air space for exhibitions and events, and a shop selling designer accessories and gifts. Artists who have exhibited include Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Richard Wilson and Andy Warhol and recent headline acts include Eddie Izzard, Keane, Patti Smith and Vampire Weekend . The Pavilion and its exhibitions are open 364 days a year, free to enter and accessible to all, with a busy learning programme for all ages to participate in. The Pavilion receives generous support from Arts Council England and Rother District Council.
The award winning Jerwood Gallery opened in March 2012. Designed by the young architectural practice HAT Projects, the Gallery houses the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art, along with a changing contemporary exhibitions programme. Previous exhibitions have included: a significant retrospective of painting and drawings by Rose Wylie: Big Boys Sit in the Front; Gary Hume: Flashback; Gillian Ayres: Paintings from the 50s; the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012; and Knock Knock: Seven Artists in Hastings.
The Jerwood Collection features over 200 works of art by celebrated artists from the 20th century such as Sir Stanley Spencer RA, Lawrence Stephen Lowry RA, and Augustus John RA, alongside works from winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize such as Craigie Aitchison, RA, Maggi Hambling, Patrick Caulfield, RA and Prunella Clough.
The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday and bank holiday Mondays from 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Admission is £7 for adults, children (5-16 years) £3.50, Concessions: £5.
Towner, Eastbourne’s award-winning new gallery which opened in April 2009, is the contemporary art museum for South East England. With 1,250 m2 of display space, Towner boasts the largest gallery space in the South East region. Towner presents a unique programme of major exhibitions of contemporary and historic visual art alongside displays from the internationally renowned, 4000-strong Towner Collection.
The Towner Collection is best known for its modern British art – including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) – and a growing collection of international contemporary art.
Admission to Towner is free. There is also a gift shop and café bar, with stunning views over the South Downs. Summer opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 6pm.
Towner is funded by Eastbourne Borough Council and Arts Council England