Towner Eastbourne

Awarded Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2020 and host to the Turner Prize in 2023, Towner Eastbourne has been collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for 100 years.

The gallery, cinema and public art collection presents a dynamic programme of exhibitions, film screenings, events and commissions by some of the most exciting and diverse artists working at all stages of their careers, for as many as 175,000 visitors each year. 

Towner Eastbourne. Photo: Rosie Powell

Don't miss:

The Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library. Towner has one of the largest public collections of work by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942), as well as extensive archive materials.
The Turner Prize. In 2023, the world’s leading prize for contemporary art  will be presented at Towner Eastbourne, part of the gallery’s year-long, town-wide centenary celebrations, which will also include a major Barbara Hepworth retrospective and a showcase of recent acquisitions to the Towner Collection.
'Dance Diagonal' by Lothar Götz. Towner's dazzling, rainbow-coloured outdoor mural has become an iconic Eastboourne landmark and an Instagram sensation.
Eastbourne's only independent cinema - perfect for rainy days during a visit.

Installation view, Hannah Perry, GUSH, 2018-2019. Photo by Rob Harris, 2018

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Good to know

Towner is free to enter, apart from the occasional ticketed exhibition. Please check the website for the current programme and visitor information.

Installation view, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, This whole time there were no land mines, 2017. 8 video loops on monitors with sound. Photo by Marc Atkins, 2020

Lothar Gotz Dance Diagonal at Towner Eastbourne. Photo: Marc Atkins

Towner Eastbourne: Lothar Gotz Dance Diagonal. Photo: Jim Stephenson

Towner Eastbourne

While you’re in the area, Towner Eastbourne recommends

  • VOLT Eastbourne, a fantastic independent art gallery right in the town centre.
  • The South Downs National Park, within walking distance of the gallery along Eastbourne’s beautiful ‘Sunshine Coast’.
  • The Little Chelsea district, which sits snugly between the gallery and Eastbourne station, is full of excellent coffee bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

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Chalkland butterflies

Many unusual butterflies haunt the sheep-grazed chalkland of the South Downs. One, the stunning Adonis Blue, is bright azure in the male and chestnut brown in the female. They love steep, south-facing downland slopes.



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