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Dressing up a giant: an extract from Towner’s new book on Lothar Götz’s Dance Diagonal

To celebrate our new publication on Lothar Götz’s joyful public artwork Dance Diagonal read an exclusive extract from an interview between Lothar Götz and Towner curator Noelle Collins included in the book. 

In this section, they chat about Lothar’s music, dance and cartographic influences and the theatrical nature of his monumental painting on Towner’s building. 


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Guest Blog: David Whyte, co-founder of Tangent Graphic on the visual identity developed for Turner Prize 2023.

"Identity systems within the art world can often feel impenetrable, and can potentially even serve as barriers for wider participation and engagement. Our main goal when initially considering what direction to take for this year’s prize was to develop something that felt accessible and open to everyone, reflecting the ethos of the gallery itself." - David Whyte, co-founder of Tangent Graphic


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Black Robin Farm: A new arts, education and cultural centre planned for the South Downs, Sussex

We're really excited to announce that we've partnered up with Eastbourne Borough Council with plans to open up Black Robin Farm, a world-class culture and education centre in the unique landscape of the South Downs National Park.


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New hop-on-hop-off art bus linking Towner Eastbourne, Charleston and Seven Sisters Country Park

The Sussex Art Shuttle is a new hop-on-hop-off minibus running every weekend from 15 September 2023 between Towner Eastbourne, Charleston, Seven Sisters Country Park and Charleston’s new arts space in central Lewes.


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Thinking of coming down for Turner Prize? Take a look at these deals from our hotel partners...

We're really excited to be welcoming the Turner Prize to Eastbourne this year, from 28 September 2023 to 14 April 2024. If you're coming to visit from afar, make sure you have a chance to experience all our sweet seaside town has to offer by staying for a night or two at one of our hotel partners:


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The Oscar Thompsett Gift: A Sussex teacher's contribution to the Towner Collection

Our current exhibition, Unseen, shines a light on artwork that has either rarely or never been on display at Towner, but is also a demonstration of all of the different ways that pieces come to be a part of the Towner Collection. Gifts and bequests have always been a huge part of collecting, and allow the gallery to represent the interests of artists and collectors who make up the surrounding communities. One notable gift, on display for the first time in Unseen, was donated by Oscar Thompsett (1931-2020), an avid collector and a painter himself, with a long career in teaching.


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Why the Turner prize shortlist is a cultural barometer of our political times

Ben Burbridge, Head of Art History at the University of Sussex, focuses his research on how art and politics have intersected during the past few decades. With a whirlwind 40-year socio-political history this lens can be applied to the prize.


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Turner Prize 2023 shortlist announced

The four shortlisted nominees for this year's Turner Prize are:

Jesse Darling

Ghislaine Leung

Rory Pilgrim

Barbara Walker


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Our new restaurant and bar, Light, opens this May

We are very pleased to announce a brand new stylish second-floor restaurant and bar, Light, which will open from mid-May.


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King & McGaw announced as Sponsor for the Turner Prize hosted at Towner Eastbourne in 2023

King & Mcgaw, the Sussex-based leading art publisher and destination for fine art prints, has today been announced as the Sponsor of the Turner Prize 2023, which will be presented at Towner Eastbourne this Autumn. 


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Arts Council England awards £480,000 funding for ambitious community programme to coincide with Turner Prize 2023 in Eastbourne

An ambitious community programme for East Sussex to coincide with Turner Prize 2023 - which takes place at Towner Eastbourne - is announced today and has been supported by a £480,000 award through the Arts Council’s Place Partnership Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players. 


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Arpita Shah: Home, belonging, migration and memory

Arpita Shah, who spoke at Towner as part of our programme of events in association with Brewers Towner International, talks about the work she does and why.


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Towner 100 launches today!

Towner 100: a year of new exhibitions launches today to celebrate the centenary year of the South Coast’s biggest gallery 


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What's on at Towner Cinema this February

Join us in February for some extra-special screenings! We present two classic Valentine's day matinees, including Morocco starring the enchanting Marlene Dietrich in association with Eastbourne Rainbow, and Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn. 


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Annual Review 2021 to 2022

As our last message of 2022, we'd like to say an enormous thank you for our continued support this year, and we hope all our friends and visitors are enjoying a relaxing festive season.


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How can plants teach us to take care of our communities? - Reflections on creative allotment workshops with artist Katie Spragg

“Art can create a really helpful space for people who don’t usually work together to work together”


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Turner Prize 2023: University of Sussex joins as the educational partner

We are delighted to announce that the University of Sussex will join as the Education Partner for the Turner Prize, which will build on an existing collaboration between Towner and the History of Art department at Sussex.


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Towner Cinema: November highlights

This November, Towner Cinema brings you the best of new releases - expect plush production and A-list casts across this selection, which includes heartfelt comedy, witty satire and slower paced sultry mystery. Read on for the highlights...


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TOWNER 100: a year of exhibitions to celebrate Towner's centenary

2023 marks one hundred years of Towner! Read on to find out about our plans for this centenary year...


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Congratulations to Harald Smykla, winner of the 2022 Brewers Towner Award!

The Brewers Towner Award of £10,000, sponsored by Brewers Decorator Centres, has been given to one of the exhibiting artists alongside mentoring from the Towner team.  The winner of this prestigious award has been announced as Harald Smykla.


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Towner Cinema: October highlights

It’s getting colder and wetter outside this month, the perfect weather to be cosied under the warm light of your local cinema...


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Two new artists join Arts in Mind

This month, we welcome two new facilitators to Arts in Mind; Ella Hempstead and Michaela Ross.


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Lucy's Artists: Benny Rakoczi and Kenneth Hall

In a new long-read piece, Chris Rakoczi, grandson of Benny, describes the somewhat tumultuous artistic lives of the couple, who together founded the White Stag Group, interested in “holding the conscious world in voluntary abeyance.”


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Queen Elizabeth II — 1926-2022

Towner Eastbourne is deeply sorry to hear of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the Royal Family at this time. We will remain open until further notice whilst details of the Queen’s state funeral are confirmed.


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Lucy's Artists: Obscure Secure on the Kathleen Walne Residency

Hayley and Jacqueline from Obscure Secure share notes from their artist residency at Towner, uncovering how they began to learn more about Kathleen Walne and Lucy Wertheim through the personal stories of people who visited the Studio.


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Towner Cinema: September highlights

There's lots to look forward to this month, including a showcase of work by shortlisted artists for the Film London Jarman Award, the welcome return of The Cult Film Club and some exciting debuts from new emerging directors including Larry Achiampong and Nana Mensah. Keep reading to see more on our top picks for September...


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Introducing our Open Plan artists: Week Four

Open Plan's final week of participating artists told us a bit more about their work and what they're looking forward to about the programme...



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Introducing our Open Plan artists: Week Three

Open Plan's third week of participating artists told us a bit more about their work and what they're looking forward to about the programme...



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Introducing our Open Plan artists: Week Two

Open Plan's second week of participating artists told us a bit more about their work and what they're looking forward to about the programme...



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Lucy's Artists: Tim Mainstone on Suzanne Cooper

Tim Mainstone of The Mainstone Press tells us about the life, work and vision of Suzanne Cooper ahead of the release of new book Suzanne Cooper: Paintings under the Spare-Room Bed.


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Introducing our Open Plan artists: Week One

This week's participating artists told us a bit more about their work and what they're looking forward to about Open Plan...


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What's on in August at Towner Cinema

Our summer programme at Towner Cinema is not to be missed... Read on to find out more about special screenings and the return of our Family Film offer, just in time for the summer holidays!


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Two new Trustees appointed to the Towner Board

We’re delighted to be introducing two new Trustees to our Board, who will support us in shaping strategic direction as we enter an exciting period including our centenary year in 2023 and develop our ambitions to deliver greater outcomes for Eastbourne communities, particularly those most disadvantaged and underrepresented in art and cultural participation.


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Architect Blog: Stephen Beasley, Associate Architect at Manalo & White on Towner's ground floor renovations

We were delighted to work with architects Manalo & White on the redesign of our ground floor spaces which are now open. The newly improved spaces will enable us to warmly welcome our audiences to the gallery as well as provide an inviting space for live events, makers fairs, networking events and artist residencies.


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Opportunity for Artists: Open Call for Future Collect, Towner Eastbourne x iniva

iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and Towner Eastbourne are excited to announce an open call for expressions of interest from artists of African, Asian or Middle Eastern descent, British born or based, to undertake a major new commission.


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Opportunity for Artists: work as an associate artist with Leap then Look

Towner Eastbourne collaborators Leap Then Look are inviting early career artists with an interest in collaborative and participatory art practice to apply to be an associate artist for Play Interact Explore, a 9-month long project which will culminate in an exhibition and series of events at Towner in February 2023.


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What's on in July at Towner Cinema

Towner Cinema returns on 2 July with a spectacular line-up of special screenings, new releases and an extra-long run of the new feature-length documentary, Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War.


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We're hiring: Curatorial Trainee through Future Collect

We're delighted to be able to offer this new opportunity through Future Collect, a partnership project initiated by iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) to reimagine the future of public collections at major art galleries and museums in the UK. 


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Towner Eastbourne to host Turner Prize 2023

The Turner Prize, the world’s leading prize for contemporary art, will be presented at  Towner Eastbourne in 2023, as the centrepiece of our centenary celebrations. 


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iniva and Towner Eastbourne announce partnership for third year of Future Collect project

iniva has selected Towner as its partner for the third year of Future Collect, a national partnership programme designed to diversify who is collected by, who works at, and who goes to national museums and galleries, with the aim of better reflecting the breadth of contemporary British society.


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Towner Collection acquires its first ever performance piece

Towner is one of three UK museums to receive a significant acquisition from these performances, made possible with the generous support of ArtFund. Towner will be presenting the acquisition, which is the first ever performance piece to be added to our collection, as part of our programme next year - more details to come!


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Brewers Towner International: Exhibiting artists announced!

Following our recent Open Call, we are excited to be able to announce the final list of 23 exhibiting artists for Towner Eastbourne's upcoming show, Brewers Towner International, an exhibition featuring artists living and making locally in Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, as well as those working and exhibiting nationally and internationally.


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Take a look at our new ground floor spaces

From tomorrow, Towner is pleased to be able to share with you all the results of our completely revamped ground floor area, after many months of refurbishment. Designed by British architects, Manalo & White, we have worked hard to create a brighter, more accessible and relaxing environment, perfect for socialising, browsing, shopping or quiet reflection.


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New Opportunity for Artists: Develop a year-long programme with Arts-in-Mind

Towner is seeking a visual artist to work on a year-long programme with members of Arts-in-Mind.


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Towner Cinema is back next month! Here's what to watch in the meantime

With only one month until Towner Cinema is back, we thought we'd give you one last instalment of recommendations while you wait. Read on for what we've been watching lately and to get in the mood for the return of the big screen! 


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Tickets now on sale for A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim & Bringing Back the Twenties Group

Tickets are now on sale for a pair of major exhibitions opening in summer 2022 that shine a light on the pioneering female gallerist, Lucy Wertheim and the celebrated young artists she supported in her gallery from its opening in 1930 until its closure at the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. 


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From the Eileen Mayo archive: Miss E Mayo on the Art of Living

From the Eileen Mayo archive, this short article from 1931 reveals some of the artists' thoughts on privacy as an essential aspect of being a woman. Her self-sufficiency and determination were vital to the development of her long career, so it is no surprise how highly she regarded her own time and space.


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Open Plan: Summer Studio

In August, Towner is opening up its ground floor studio to become workspace for artists. You are invited to spend a week with other artists in the region, to share ideas and perspectives, forming connections to support you in generating new artworks, collaborations and opportunities together. 


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Towner Cinema recommends...

It feels like a lifetime since we temporarily closed the doors to Towner Cinema, and while we've missed being able to host you all, we've been asking ourselves - if we were open, what would our dream big screen line-up be?


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Brewers Towner International: Open Call for Submissions

Towner Eastbourne is inviting artists to submit works for consideration to Brewers Towner International through an online Open Call process which is now open.  


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Winter Community Appeal 2021

Following on from our creative kit bags, we will be offering free creative workshops next spring in Shinewater and Seaside for enjoyment and relaxation. Communities and artists will make new work together: experimenting, getting creative with different materials and learning new skills. We will also be starting new weekly play and making sessions for families with young children in Shinewater and the gallery. 


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Producer Blog: Creative Newhaven

The Towner Eastbourne website might seem like a strange place to talk about Newhaven’s cultural offer but ‘Ravilious, Bawden and Piper all loved the place’, and the gallery owns a rich collection of portrayals of the town’s landscape, so the connection is real.


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Read more about our capital redevelopment plans

We are pleased to announce a major capital redevelopment ahead of our centenary year in 2023.


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Towner nominated for the Freelands Award 2021

We are delighted to be shortlisted by Freelands Foundation for the Freelands Award 2021 for our forthcoming solo exhibition with Emma Stibbon.


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2020-2021 Annual Review
2020-2021 was a challenging year for us all but there were some brilliant and joyful moments at Towner Eastbourne.
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Welcoming a new work into our Collection: 'Lick your teeth, they so clutch' by Rachel Jones

We have acquired a new work by Rachel Jones for the Towner Collection, generously presented by the Contemporary Art Society.


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Ayo Akingbade wins the Brewers Award for her work submitted to Towner International

Towner Eastbourne and Brewers Decorator Centres are delighted to announce that Ayo Akingbade – artist, writer, and filmmaker – has won the Brewers Award for her work submitted to Towner International.


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