Please note: Towner will be closed to the public on Tuesday 5 December while we host the Turner Prize 2023 Award Ceremony. During the upcoming week, keep an eye out across major news channels and our social media to join us in finding out and celebrating the winner of the world's most prestigious art prize.
The galleries will reopen as normal on Wednesday 6 December.
The Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library, supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle, is a room in Gallery 1 presenting changing exhibitions of works by Eric Ravilious selected from Towner’s collection of his work. The current exhibition presents highlights from the Towner Collection, featuring works by Eric Ravilious and Tirzah Garwood, alongside Frances Hodgkins, Vanessa Bell, Edward Burra, Patrick Heron and Grayson Perry and more.
A study space and library, which focuses on the artists in the collection, offers the opportunity for our visitors to spend time getting to know the artists and works in the Towner Collection.
In 1923 the Towner Art Gallery was founded with 20 Victorian narrative paintings; one hundred years on the Collection now numbers over 5000 works with a focus on modern British art and the largest collection of works by Eric Ravilious. From the earliest ‘Pictures of Sussex’ collecting policy to our ongoing support for emerging artists, Towner has a rich history of collecting, exhibiting, and championing contemporary art. Drawing inspiration from our unique location on the Sussex coast at the foot of the South Downs, the Collection focuses on landscape and represents a range of artistic styles and genres including abstraction and natural realism, mid-century modern art and design, and more recently moving image, installation and performance.
The Lifeboat, 1938
The Westbury Horse, 1939
Beachy Head, 1939
Channel Steamer Leaving Harbour, 1935
Train Going Over a Bridge at Night, 1935
Cuckmere Haven, 1939
Mackerel Sky, 1938
To continue exploring the Towner Collection you can book one of our regular Art Store tours. You can see all upcoming dates and book via our What's On page.