Director and CEO of Towner Eastbourne, Joe Hill, said, “We are delighted to unveil our Towner 100 exhibitions today, kicking off a year of cultural activity across the town and across Sussex, as we celebrate our centenary year. The Collection is Towner's greatest asset and we are committed to developing its breadth and diversity by ensuring that ambitious and artistically significant work continues to be acquired. We are thrilled to welcome audiences to see both of these new exhibitions, which tell the story of our Collection past and present through painting, sculpture, moving image and photography to name just a few, and artists from Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Price, David Nash and Rachel Jones, to Eric Ravilious and William Gear. I look forward to welcoming everyone to Towner later in the year for our Barbara Hepworth exhibition - the biggest ever to take place in Sussex and to celebrate with us as we host the Turner Prize in Autumn.”
TOWNER 100: The Living Collection runs until 28 August 2023. Towner’s Collection comprises over 5000 artworks that individually and collectively reflect and reveal the history of Towner as a public art gallery in Eastbourne since 1923. Sited in Sussex, Towner’s Collection features many landscapes and seascapes that draw inspiration from this unique location. From 1923 the collection was housed inside Towner’s first home, an 18th century manor house, which shaped the collection for almost 90 years. In 2009, Towner moved into a purpose-built modernist style gallery where we celebrate its centenary. The Living Collection considers Towner’s broad and varied history of collecting and exhibiting over the past 100 years through a selection of paintings, prints and artefacts. This celebratory display offers Towner and its communities the occasion to look back to appreciate the past and the opportunity to look forward, engaging with the present as we envision its future. Expect to see artists such as Eric Ravilious, Edward Wadsworth, Vanessa Bell, Gertrude Hermes, William Gear and Greta Delleany.