Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for almost 100 years, Towner Eastbourne sits where the coast and the South Downs meet. Towner presents exhibitions of national and international importance for audiences in Eastbourne, the UK and beyond. Showcasing the most exciting and creative developments in modern art, Towner collaborates with individuals, communities and organisations to deliver an inclusive, connected and accessible public programme of live events, film and learning. Towner’s collection of almost 5000 works 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.
Towner Eastbourne is a charity. We are funded by Eastbourne Borough Council and Arts Council as part of its National Portfolio. We raise almost 60% of our annual income through philanthropy and commercial activity.
Towner Eastbourne is a proud winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year.
Towner has won a number of awards since opening in April 2009, reflecting a lot of hard work and a continual striving for excellence in all that we do.
We hope you will share our pride in our achievements – Towner is, after all, your gallery.
2020: Winner, Art Fund Museum of the Year
2019: Shortlisted for the Freelands Award
2016: Shortlisted for the Family Friendly Museums Award
2015: Awarded Arts Award Good Practice status by Trinity College London and Arts Council England, in recognition of the depth and breadth of creative practice in delivering the Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification in the Arts on the Qualification and Credit Framework.
2011: Civic Trust Awards – Commendation
2011: Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
2010: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award
2010: Longlisted for Art Fund’s Museum of the Year Award
2010: Sussex Heritage Trust Awards – Public & Community Award
2009: British Design Awards – Architectural Achievement Award
2009: Architect of the Year Awards – Public Building Architect of the Year awarded to Rick Mather for his work on Towner Art Gallery
2009: Top 5 in the Culture category of the international Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards – and the only attraction outside a major world city to make the 18-strong shortlist (save for the Eden Project)!
2006-2007: The only gallery or museum in the UK to gain its local authority National Beacon Status for Culture for Hard to Reach Groups, as a result of our work with the most disadvantaged groups in society.