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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Saturday 13 April, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 7 April, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Saturday 30 March, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Lunchtime Response: Meditation session in response to Rory Pilgrim

Free, drop-in

Sunday 24 March 2024, 1.30pm

Join Sophie Wright in responding to Rory Pilgrim’s work through a sound meditation, taking cues from Pilgrim’s artwork soundscape.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 24 March, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event BSL Tour of Turner Prize

Saturday 23 March, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Free, booking required

Join artist Alison France on a tour of the Turner Prize for British Sign Language users.


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Event Jesse Darling: Material Histories

at The Birley Centre

16 March 2024, 3.00pm to 4.00pm, £10.00

Join Turner Prize artist Jesse Darling, at an event shaped in response to his practice.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 10 March, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 25 February, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Ghislaine Leung: Questions

at The Birley Centre

24 February 2024, 3.00pm to 4.00pm, £10.00

In her ongoing Questions talks, Ghislaine Leung takes the structure, and demand, of the artist talk to task, stipulating the requirement for no presentation to be given but there instead only be questions asked, to which Leung will respond accordingly.


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Event Lunchtime Response: Horror tropes in modern Britain

Free, drop-in

Thursday 22 February 2024, 1.30pm

Join Towner’s Keziah in exploring horror tropes as they relate to life in late capitalist Britain


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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Wednesday 14 February, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 11 February, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 28 January, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Saturday 27 January, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Responses to Jesse Darling’s work

Free, drop-in

Sunday 21 January 2024, 1.30pm

Join Towner's Elle Batehup in discussing the variety of ways that visitors have responded to Jesse Darling’s artwork.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: Turner Prize out of hours

Thursday 18 January, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Free, drop-in

A chance to network with Blue Monkey Network members and visitors before a walk & talk through Towner's galleries


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 14 January, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Wednesday 10 January, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Poetry Café Eastbourne at Towner Late

5 January 2024, 6.00pm

Free, drop-in

For Towner’s first Turner Prize Friday Late* of 2024, Poetry Café Eastbourne will be at Towner Eastbourne for an evening of poetry composed in response to the artworks of Turner Prize artists Jesse Darling, Barbara Walker, Rory Pilgrim and Ghislaine Leung.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 31 December, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Barbara Walker

Thursday 21 December 2023, 1.30pm

Free, drop-in

Towner’s Conservator Dr Corinne Farmer will be shedding insight on Turner Prize 2023 nominee Barbara Walker’s impressive drawing technique.


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Event Quiet Time
Sunday 17 December, 5.15pm to 6.00pm

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Event Art Store Tour

£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members

Sunday 17 December, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Wednesday 13 December, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Quiet Time
Thursday 7 December, 9.15 to 10.00am

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 3 December, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Rory Pilgrim's film 'RAFTS' is screening in a room through a doorway, and a person is sitting on a bench to watch.
Event Quiet Time
Thursday 30 November, 9.15 to 10.00am

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Saturday 25 November, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Lunchtime Movement Session: responding to Ghislaine Leung’s Turner Prize Exhibition

Sunday 19 November 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner’s Christian Bergmann for a sound and gesture session responding to Ghislaine Leung’s Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 19 November, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Quiet Time
Thursday 16 November, 9.15 to 10.00am

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Event Quiet Time
Saturday 11 November, 5.15pm to 6.00pm

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Large parts of metal tubing from an old air conditioning unit are assembled in two parallel 'L' shapes from the ceiling and across the floor. There is a water fountain with a metal base in the background, and a neat row of children's toys. The toys are all replicas of household items, like washing machines or vacuum cleaners.
Event Turner Prize Curator Talk

Wednesday 8 November, 2.00pm to 2.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join a member of Towner’s curatorial team for behind-the-scenes insights into the Turner Prize exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 5 November, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Quiet Time
Thursday 2 November, 9.15 to 10.00am

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Event The Findings: Archaeological Dig

Outside Shinewater Sports Centre, off Milfoil Drive

10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday 1 and Saturday 4 November

Join us for a series of archaeological digs happening across Langney and Shinewater. Come for an hour, or all four days.


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Event The Findings: Archaeological Dig

Langney Lake (entrance to park via Sandpiper Walk)

10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 October

Join us for a series of archaeological digs happening across Langney and Shinewater. Come for an hour, or all four days.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 22 October, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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A person stands looking at a largescale charcoal drawing on the gallery wall. Five detailed portraits of Black British people affected by the Windrush scandal.
Event Quiet Time
Thursday 19 October, 9.15 to 10.00am

Quiet Time sessions are available during the Turner Prize exhibition at Towner. Where possible, lower lighting will also be turned up, while sounds and sensory stimulants kept to a minimum.  


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 8 October, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Talk and Q&A with shortlisted artist Karen Russo

Film London Jarman Award

21 September, 6.00pm to 7.00pm, online (free)

Join us online for a talk and Q&A with artist Karen Russo, whose film Junkerhaus has been shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award 2023.


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Event Film London Jarman Award Touring Programme 2023

Online, Free

21 September, 12.00pm to 12.00am

Join us online for a sneak peak at work by the six shortlisted artists for this year's Film London Jarman Award before the tour continues in cultural venues across the UK and Ireland.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: Looking back, looking forward
£5/ free for BMN members Thursday 21 September, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Blue Monkey member Judy Martin will introduce a survey of her work from the past fifteen years as a starting point to consider ways of working and how and why we as artists do what we do.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Bawden’s Cat on Unmade Bed and Ravilious’s The Bedstead

Monday 28 August 2023, 1.30pm

Free, drop-in

Join one of Towner's Visitor Engagement Team Leaders, Caitlin Yapp, for a 20-minute close look at Edward Bawden's Cat on Unmade Bed and The Bedstead by Eric Ravilious.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 8 October, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Riviera: drop-in painting workshop led by Navine G. Dossos

26 August 2023, 11.00am to 1.00pm, free for Devonshire Ward residents

at DC Learn Studio 1–5 Seaside Eastbourne BN22 7NA

Artist Navine G. Dossos invites residents of Devonshire Ward, Eastbourne to join her in designing Riviera; a textile pattern conceived with and for the community.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: A closer look at Barbara Hepworth
Thursday 24 August 2023, 1.30pm Free for ticket holders*

Join Towner’s Collections and Exhibitions curator, Karen Taylor, for a 20-minute close look at the exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: In the footsteps of Babs

Tickets £5.00/ Free for BMN Members. Available on the door.

Thursday 17 August

Join Blue Monkey Network member and artist Nikki Davidson-Bowman for a talk inspired by Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life and themes from the symposium (M)otherhood at Tate St Ives which hosted the exhibition before it came to Towner Eastbourne. 


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Event Lunchtime Reading: poems inspired by Edward Wadsworth & Ivon Hitchens
Thursday 17 August 2023, 1.30pm Free, drop-in

Join poet John White for a reading of two poems inspired by works in The Living Collection exhibition – Edward Wadsworth’s Bronze Ballet and Ivon Hitchens’ Evening Sky Over Hills.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 13 August, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Ravilious’ style, technique and conservation
Saturday 5 August 2023, 1.30pm Free, drop-in

Join Towner conservator, Corinne Farmer, for a 20-minute discussion about the care and conservation of works by Eric Ravilious in the exhibition The Living Collection.  


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 30 July, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Barbara Hepworth Art & Life Curator Talk and Book Signing with Eleanor Clayton
Towner Cinema, Saturday 29 July, 2.00pm to 3.00pm £13/ £11 Concessions & Towner Members

Join Eleanor Clayton, curator of the exhibition Barbara Hepworth Art & Life and author of a new biography on the artist, in-conversation with Sara Cooper, Towner’s Head of Collections & Exhibitions.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 16 July, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Ana Maria Pacheco’s Box of Heads
Saturday 8 July 2023, 1.30pm Free, drop-in

Join Towner staff member Terry Henson for a 20-minute close discussion about the artwork A Box of Hands by the Brazilian artist and printmaker Ana Maria Pacheco.


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Event Day Course: Barbara Hepworth The Artist in Society
Friday 30 June 2023, 11.00am to 3.00pm £50/£45 Concessions

Join us to explore key themes arising from the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition in an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment. In the last of three modular day courses, we will explore Hepworth's passion towards the moral role of artists in society.


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Event Lunchtime Movement Session: responding to Barbara Hepworth’s Orpheus
Thursday 29 June 2023, 1.30pm Free for ticket holders

Join Towner’s Christian Bergmann for a movement-based session around Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture Orpheus.


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Event Day Course: Barbara Hepworth Maternity, Music and Movement
Friday 23 June 2023, 11.00am to 3.00pm £50/£45 Concessions

Join us to explore key themes arising from the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition in an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment. In the second of three modular day courses, we will look at how Hepworth’s experience of motherhood fed directly into her working practice, exploring the work she made following the birth of her son, Paul, in 1929, and of her triplets in 1934.  


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Event [FULLY BOOKED] Arpita Shah artist talk: Photography, community and collaboration
Wednesday 21 June, 6.30pm to 8.00pm Free, booking required

Join for a free artist talk by Arpita Shah at VOLT in connection with her current exhibition From one dream to another, which presents collaborative work produced by Shah and a group of young men from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Eastbourne.


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Event [SOLD OUT] Day Course: Barbara Hepworth Fundamental Forms
Friday 16 June 2023, 11.00am to 3.00pm £50/£45 Concessions

Join us to explore key themes arising from the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition in an inclusive, supportive and friendly environment. In the first of three modular day courses, we will focus on the forms central to Hepworth’s practice throughout her career.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: A closer look at Barbara Hepworth
Thursday 15 June 2023, 1.30pm Free for ticket holders

Join Towner’s Collections and Exhibitions curator, Karen Taylor, for a 20-minute close look at the exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life.


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Event Ceramics Fair
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 June, 10.00am to 5.00pm Free entry

Coinciding with our summer exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life, Towner is excited to be hosting a fair celebrating the versatile discipline of ceramics.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 4 June, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Harold Swanwick’s Cuckmere Valley
Thursday 1 June 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner volunteer Andrew Forrest for a 20-minute discussion about Harold Swanwick’s Cuckmere Valley


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Event [FULLY BOOKED] Towner Celebration Day: Free Art Store Tours
Saturday 27 May Free, booking required

For one day only, enjoy a free introduction to the impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.


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Event Towner Celebration Day: South Coast Brass perform Rhythm of Light
27 May 2023, 11.30am to 5.10pm Free, drop-in

As part of our Towner 100 Celebration Day, the specially formed band South Coast Brass will perform Dr Liz Lane’s work Rhythm of Light for Towner’s 100th birthday.


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Event Towner 100 Celebration
Free to attend Saturday 27 May 2023, 10.00am to 10.00pm

Join us on Saturday 27 May to celebrate 100 years of Towner! Throughout the day you’ll find workshops, performances and installations for all ages, along with free films in our cinema. 


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Event Blue Monkey Network: 5x5
Thursday 18 May , 6.00pm to 8.00pm

In this always popular event, 5 Blue Monkey Network members rise to the challenge of sharing their work in a strictly timed Pecha Kucha style presentation.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: Drawn to Music Artists in Cahoots
Thursday 22 June, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

A brief talk, showing of film clips and an opportunity for you to hear of some of Clive Whitburn’s highly regarded music.


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Event Lunchtime Movement Session: Responding to David Nash and Jessica Warboys
Free, drop-in Saturday 13 May 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner’s Christian Bergmann for a movement-based session looking at two works in the exhibition Unseen.  


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 7 May, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Carving Chalk Weekend Course
£120 / £110 Concessions & Towner Members Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Join artist Miroslava Večeřová and learn different techniques to carve, colour and embellish foraged chalk to create a variety of sculptural objects. 


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Event Lunchtime Response: A (Mis)guided Meditation with Elizabeth Price's Sunlight
Free, drop-in Thursday 4 May 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner’s Keziah for a short performance piece inspired by the methods and mantras of guided meditation in response to Elizabeth Price’s Sunlight.  


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 23 April, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event SOLD OUT | Wood Engraving Day Course
£75/£65 Concessions & Towner members Saturday 22 April, 10.30am to 16.30pm

Join us for an introduction to wood engraving with Emily Johns, a printmaker and painter based in Hastings, Sussex.


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Event Ink, Paper + Print: Illustration and Print Fair
Free, drop-in Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Join Ink Paper + Print at Towner for this showcase of their makers' work, including prints, small press publishings, collage, patterned paper, wooden folk art, ceramics and much more!


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Curating Unseen
Free, drop-in Thursday 20 April 2023, 1.30pm

Join the curator of Unseen, Sara Cooper, for a 20-minute discussion about the exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 9 April, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Grayson Perry’s Map of Nowhere
Free, drop-in Thursday 6 April 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner staff member Terry Henson for a 20-minute discussion about one of Towner’s most popular artworks: Grayson Perry’s Map of Nowhere, 2008. The piece is currently on display as part of The Living Collection.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 2 April, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Conservation investigations into artwork by Michael Rakowitz and Ronald Horton
Free, drop-in Saturday 25 March 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner conservator, Corinne Farmer, for a 20-minute discussion about the care and conservation of two works – one contemporary sculpture, the other a painting from the 1940s – in the exhibition Unseen.  


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Event Blue Monkey Network: 8 paintings I’d like to meet
BMN member and artist Roger Adams shares his wish list Thursday 23rd March, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

"I would like to share with you my desire to meet eight paintings by 20th/21st century artists some of whom you may know, others possibly not. All hold an intrinsic interest for me and I’ll be explaining why. Some I could have already met in the past, usually in private galleries, if only I had known at the time."


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 19 March, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Spring Fair
Free drop-in Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 March, 10.00am to 5.00pm

Join us for our Spring Fair to celebrate the long-awaited change of season!


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Event Revisiting Modern British Art: Ravilious and Towner’s Collection
£15/ £13 Concessions/ Towner Members Wednesday 15 March, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion with Ravilious-specialist James Russell, director of the Ingram Collection Jo Baring and Towner’s Head of Exhibitions and Collection Sara Cooper to discuss how specific artists, such as Eric Ravilious, provide focal points for collections.


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Event Lunchtime Reading: Grief Is the Thing with Feathers in response to Elisabeth Frink
Free, drop-in Thursday 9 March 2023, 1.30pm

Join Towner’s Tasveer Shemza, reading an extract from Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing with Feathers in response to the sculpture Harbinger Bird III by Elisabeth Frink.


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Event Art Store Tour
£10 / £9 Concessions & Towner Members Sunday 5 March, 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event In Conversation with Leap Then Look, Dr Rebecca Sinker and Esther Collins
2.00pm to 4.00pm, free/ pay what you can (booking required) Saturday 25 February

Leap Then Look will be joined by Dr Rebecca Sinker, independent curator and educational researcher and Esther Collins, Head of Learning to discuss unscripted learning, the power dynamics of collaborative practice and the benefits of artist practice as a form of lifelong research.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Curating The Living Collection
Free, drop-in Thursday 23 February 2023, 1.30pm

Join the curator of The Living Collection, Karen Taylor, for a 20-minute discussion about the exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 19 February

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: Virtual Tribes
A talk about online professional development for artists Thursday 16 February, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

During lockdown we became used to meeting friends, family, and colleagues online. In the art world this same technology created new opportunities to study and connect. For Blue Monkey Network's February event, two members will talk about their experiences.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 5 February

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 22 January

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Brewers Towner International Exhibition Performance with Lucy
2.00pm, free drop-in Friday 20 January

Join artist Lucy as she brings her animal character creations to life in a performative tour of Brewers Towner International.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: Out of Hours, Brewers Towner International
£5/ free for BMN members 19 January 2023, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

An opportunity to access Brewers Towner International out of hours, joined by Towner Curator Noelle Collins along with a couple of participating artists, Sharon Haward and Benjamin Philips.


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Event Casting Space with artist Sharon Haward
11.00am to 3.00pm, £50/£60 Saturday 14 January

A plaster casting session where you’ll learn a range of casting and modelling techniques exploring the idea of sanctuary through personal objects, modelled forms and architecture.


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Event Online Reading Group: Sanctuary
6.00pm to 7.30pm, free (booking required) Tuesday 10 January 2023

Join an online reading group on the theme of sanctuary facilitated by artist and curator Sophie Mak-Schram.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 8 January

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Festive workshop: Recycle, reuse, renew!
1.00pm to 4.00pm Wednesday 21 December

Bring the whole family and get creative with playful festive workshops this December, inspired by our current exhibition, Brewers Towner International and Wriggle Room!


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 18 December

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: Cat Ingrams Only Connect
*UPDATE* Please note that this event will now be held on Zoom. Thursday 15 December, 6.00pm to 8.00pm (online)

This popular event provides an opportunity for five artist-presenters to brush up on their presentation skills, as well as a chance for Sussex artists to get to know each other better and explore the breadth and diversity of artistic practice in the region.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 4 December

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Goldwork embroidery with artist Andrea Mindel
11.00am to 3.00pm, £50/ £60 Saturday 3 December

Learn about the ancient art of goldwork embroidery with artist Andrea Mindel and make your own goldwork brooch.


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Event In-focus panel: East Sussex spaces of sanctuary
6.30pm to 7.30pm, pay-what-you-can (£2, £5, £10, £15) Thursday 1 December 2022

Eastbourne’s Sanctuary Café, Refugee Radio from Brighton and curator Noelle Collins discuss creatively forming spaces of sanctuary.


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Event Screening and in-conversation with Felix Melia and Siufan Adey
2.00pm to 3.30pm, free (booking required) Saturday 26 November

Join artist and director Felix Melia for a screening of his film Money For Nothing followed by an in-conversation.


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Event Wreath Making with Jo Frost
6.00pm to 8.00pm, £65/ £60 Concessions CANCELLED

Get into the festive spirit by making your very own Christmas wreath under the expert guidance of florist and gardender Jo Frost.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 20 November

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Brewers Towner International Exhibition Tours with Lucy
2.00pm, free drop-in Friday 18 November

Join artist Lucy as she brings her animal character creations to life in a performative tour of Brewers Towner International.


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Event Blue Monkey Network: 5X5
Five Sussex artists talk about their work for 5 minutes each Thursday 17 November, 6.00pm to 8.00pm

This popular event provides an opportunity for five artist-presenters to brush up on their presentation skills, as well as a chance for Sussex artists to get to know each other better and explore the breadth and diversity of artistic practice in the region.


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Event Festive Makers Market
10.00am to 4.00pm, free drop-in Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 November

Towner's first Independent Makers Market will be taking place on our ground floor this November, kick-starting our winter season.


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Event Day Course: Drawing Strategies with Edward Liddle
11.00am to 3.00pm, £50/£60 Saturday 12 November

A guided walk and drawing course led by Brewers Towner International exhibiting artist Edward Liddle. Explore new ways to find visual inspiration and techniques for working on found materials.


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Event Lunchtime Sensory Walk: Thoughts and 'leanings' on Keith Vaughan's Standing Figure
1.30pm, free to attend Thursday 10 November 2022

Accompany one of the curators of Cruising the Collection, Eva Jonas, in a 20-minute sensory and movement-based walk through the exhibition space.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 6 November

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Screening and in-conversation with Patrick Hough and Dr Brenda Parker
2.00pm to 3.30pm, free (booking required) Saturday 5 November

Join artist and director Patrick Hough for a screening of his film The Two Faces of Tomorrow followed by an in-conversation with algae expert Dr Brenda Strong.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Are all responses to artworks valid?
1.30pm, free to attend Saturday 29 October

Join two of the curators of Cruising the Collection, David Harris and John Manuell, for a 20-minute discussion about queer readings of artworks and hidden messages found in work by queer artists.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 23 October

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Autumn 2022 Opening Party
22 October, 7.00pm to 10.00pm, free

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Brewers Towner International 2022 and Ayo Akingbade: Duette with a special evening programme of performances, film screenings, and drinks and music until late.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 9 October

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Birds2BHeard
16 September to 17 October

A collection of paper birds, made and decorated by children from Eastbourne, will form a powerful display in our upstairs café. Each bird carries an important message to local and national leaders urging them to tackle environmental issues and the causes of climate change.


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Event Artist Talk: David Blandy
6.30pm to 7.30pm, pay what you can 29 September

Join artist David Blandy as he speaks about the creation of his new video work The Edge of Forever and his current artistic practice.


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Event Lunchtime Conversation: Cruising the Collection
1.30pm, free to attend Wednesday 28 September

Join one of the curators of Cruising the Collection, artist Flo Wright, for a 20-minute discussion around the inspiration behind the ‘living room’ area of the exhibition, which includes works by Duncan Grant, Wilma Johnson and photographer Paul Graham not to mention a velvet sofa, trinkets and books!


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 25 September

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Film London Jarman Award: Touring Programme 2022
10.00am to 5.00pm, free drop-in Friday 23 September

Art and film lovers can explore the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Film London Jarman Award when the nationwide touring programme comes to Towner Eastbourne.


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Event Screening and in-conversation with Morgan Quaintance
7.00pm to 8.00pm, free Friday 23 September

Following a looped screening throughout the day of the Film London Jarman Award Touring Programme 2022, shortlisted artist Morgan Quaintance joins us for a dedicated screening of his work and a Q&A with the audience.


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Event Addressing the Absences: Discussion Day
10.00am to 4.00pm, £14/£10 Wednesday 21 September

A welcoming space to explore gender imbalance from a range of perspectives, focusing on the visibility of women artists in public collections and archives.


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Event Curator Tour: A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group
2.00pm to 3.00pm, free for ticket holders Wednesday 14 September

Join curator of A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group, Karen Taylor, for a tour and Q&A around these two exciting new exhibitions.  


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 11 September

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Adventure in Art Book Group (Online) (FULLY BOOKED)
6.00pm to 8.00pm, free Thursday 1 September

An opportunity to explore Lucy Wertheim’s memoir Adventure in Art, with Obscure Secure artists Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley. 


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 28 Aug

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Curator Tour: A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group
2.00pm to 3.00pm, free for ticket holders Wednesday 17 August

Join curator of A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group, Karen Taylor, for a tour and Q&A around these two exciting new exhibitions.  


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 14 Aug

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Wood Engraving Course
11.00am to 4.00pm 9 July, 13 August, 10 September

Join us for an introduction to wood engraving with Emily Johns, a printmaker and painter based in Hastings, Sussex. 


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 31 July

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Jean Abreu & Naishi Wang – Contemporary Dance Work in Progress, Sharing and Q&A
Free, book via email Friday 29 July, 4.00pm to 6.00pm

Following their residency at Towner Gallery, Jean Abreu and Naishi Wang will be sharing a work in progress performance of their new international collaboration, Deciphers (working title)


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Event DANCE MATTERS: Conversations with Jean Abreu and guests
Free, book via email Saturday 23 July 2022, 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Join choreographer Jean Abreu Dance at Towner for a free roundtable conversation to explore what it means to be an independent dance artist working in England today. This Dance Matters talk will be facilitated by Jenny Williams Creative Consultant & Chief Executive of Take the Space. 


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Event Artist Talk: Rita Evans
6pm to 7pm, free Thursday 21 July 2022

Join artist Rita Evans as she speaks about the creation of her performance work Tuning in a Vacuum and current artistic practice.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 17 July

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event Towner Summer Party
16 July, 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Join us after hours on Saturday 16 July for a Summer Party which celebrates the launch of our latest programme and the renovation of our ground floor.  An opportunity to explore our new spaces and exhibitions, enjoy a live performance by artist Rita Evans and stay on to socialise, with bar and DJ to 10.00pm.


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Event Adventure in Art Book Group
11.00am to 1.00pm Thursday 14 July 2022

An opportunity to explore Lucy Wertheim’s memoir Adventure in Art, with Obscure Secure artists Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley. 


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Event Curator Tour: A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group
2pm to 3pm, free for ticket holders Wednesday 13 July

Join curator of A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group, Karen Taylor, for a tour and Q&A around these two exciting new exhibitions.  


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Event Obscure Secure Residency
10.00am to 5.00pm, free drop-in Tuesday 12 to Sunday 17 July 2022

Artists Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley from the collaborative project Obscure Secure will work in residence at Towner Eastbourne during the Lucy Wertheim exhibition.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 3 July

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event WAR?! WHAT WAR? - How does one achieve eternal bliss?
11.00am to 5.00pm, free drop-in 2 July

To mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin, 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists will stage Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on 2 July 2022.


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Event Curator Tour: A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group
2pm to 3pm, free for ticket holders Wednesday 29 June

Join curator of A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group, Karen Taylor, for a tour and Q&A around these two exciting new exhibitions.  


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Event Eileen Mayo & ArtReview: Panel Discussion (Zoom seminar)
5.00pm to 6.00pm, online 29 June

Join Towner Eastbourne for a special event to celebrate the exhibition Eileen Mayo: A Natural History.


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Event Art Store Tour
2.00pm to 3.00pm Sunday 19 June

Go behind the scenes and enjoy a fascinating introduction to our impressive Collection of over 5000 works in our bespoke art store.  Starting with the original Victorian bequest, your tour will then cover works by artists such as Eric Ravilious, Duncan Grant, Sandra Blow, Alfred Wallis, Alice Neel and Tacita Dean.


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Event The Making of Duckpond - a tapestry by Eileen Mayo
6.30pm to 7.30pm, £10/£9 Thursday 9 June 2022

Join Philip Sanderson, Studio Leader of the West Dean Tapestry Studio, as he talks about the making of the Eileen Mayo tapestry Duckpond.  


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Event Acts of Transfer: Sharing Social Practice
1.00pm to 4.00pm, free to attend Thursday 19 May

Join us in the gallery for this half day workshop in which artist Katy Beinart and writer Lizzie Lloyd will talk through some of the issues raised through their current project Acts of Transfer.


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Event An (un)Natural History
11.00am to 3.00pm, free event, drop-in Saturday 14 May

Join us for artist-led intergenerational workshops and explore the colour blue alongside natural and manmade objects found on the beach, repurposing and recycling them into creative pieces.


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Event Wood Engraving Masterclasses
11.00am to 4.00pm Saturday 12 March, Saturday 9 April, Saturday 14 May

Join us for an introduction to wood engraving, a printmaking technique practised by Eileen Mayo, an artist currently being exhibited at Towner, and Eric Ravilious – whose works you can currently see in Bringing to Light: Jananne Al-Ani curates the Towner Collection.


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Event Panel discussion: Technology and conflict in Jananne Al-Ani’s artwork
3.00pm to 4.00pm, pay what you can Saturday 7 May

A panel discussion exploring the ideas behind Jananne Al-Ani’s ambitious new moving image work Timelines and Bringing to Light: Jananne Al-Ani curates the Towner Collection.


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Event In conversation: Jananne Al-Ani, Michael Rakowitz and Rijin Sahakian (Online)
6pm to 7pm, free to attend Tuesday 26 April 2022

Join artists Jananne Al-Ani and Michael Rakowitz in discussion with the writer and arts organiser Rijin Sahakian in a conversation exploring the transnational threads linking their work and past and present Iraqi art and culture.  


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Event Work & Life: Eileen Mayo and Lee Miller (SOLD OUT)
Drinks from 5.30pm, talk from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, £13/ £12 Thursday 21 April 2022

A panel discussion exploring the lives and work of Eileen Mayo and Lee Miller, two accomplished and fascinating artists. 


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