Towner Art Gallery

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne: Hours, Address, Towner Art Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Towner Art Gallery
4.5
Art Galleries • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Towner is an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum for South East England. We present major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, we also have a renowned collection of art from across the ages. Learning and participation are at the heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding visitor experience – our staff are always happy to talk with you! “One of the most creative and brilliantly run institutions in visual arts anywhere” – Laura Cumming, The Observer
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sheepygold
london4,831 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I can thoroughly recommend a visit here. The current pay to view exhibition on the early works of Hockney and Davie is well worth seeing although waiting to queue for a 30 minute video is a bit ridiculous. The Ravilious room is well worth seeing as is the current selection of art from the Towner collection. The Syrian artwork whilst interesting is an example of Israel bashing. The cafe here is very good. All the exhibits apart from the one pay to view exhibition are free.
Written August 14, 2020
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cleghorn
United Kingdom127 contributions
Aug 2020
The gallery had re-opened after Covid closure - access was easy, social distancing was being observed. The Ravilious gallery is the prime reason for going and was very interesting indeed although quite small. The temporary exhibition was early Hockney and one of his contemporaries and was worth it although this is not the Hockney I like and most people know. Again it was impeccably set out. There was, I believe, a roof level cafe but the one I used was at the terrace level at the rear and was very good indeed. It is not the best signed place - quite a long walk along the promenade to the martello tower and then inland. The sign was an AA one when I would have expected an Eastbourne tourist attraction sign.
Written September 4, 2020
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SJC94
Ashford, UK128 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
A place that you can dip in and out of and see what is new in the galleries. Some exhibits you may have to pay to see but they have other galleries that are free. You don’t have to like or understand every exhibit but it’s free to look.
Well used cafe upstairs and managing Covid very well. An asset to the town.
Written November 6, 2021
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David W
85 contributions
Aug 2020
Air con in galleries a real plus. We had an hour to spare and returned to the Towner for our third visit. Free except for the special Hockney/Davie exhibition. We like Hockney and had not seen these early works and the fee of £10 is to be expected.

Cafe does great cappuccino even though they forgot to put it on their special reduced menu.

Covid precautions fine.
Written August 12, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,130 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Just managed to catch the penultimate day of this exhibition of early works by Alan Davie and David Hockney transferred from the Hepworth Wakefield. So used to seeing photographs of the late Alan Davie as an octogenarian grand old man with a beard it’s quite a shock to see a film of him as a thin twenty something enfant terrible stripped to the waist painting canvases on the ground then marking them ‘MUST BE DESTROYED’ in white paint. Slightly irritating that a young couple insisted on standing in front of and obstructing my view of early Hockney prints whilst watching the Davie video from afar rather than sitting on the seats provided. This barely marred my enjoyment of this exhibition of around fifty works suggesting how Hockney may have been influenced by his older Scottish forbear although to make a connection between a phallic reference in a Davie with to Hockney’s ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’ seems to be stretching a point. Overall well worth the trip from
London to the Towner to see this alone. Just as well because apart from the ever-present delights of the Ravilious gallery and archive the first floor’s latest offering of works by three local female artists inspired by Towner works to prance around the countryside tooless or pretend their naked bodies are pots to be decorated with paint is a rather tawdry affair.
Written September 19, 2020
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sheepygold
london4,831 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We came to see the John Nash exhibition which was very extensive and interesting with many varied artworks by John, his brother and various contemporary artists. The exhibition was split logically into time periods and the information alongside the art were informative. We spent about 2 hours here then another 30 minutes in the changing exhibition on the first floor.
Written August 17, 2021
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,365 contributions
Jul 2021
This exhibition is well set out and includes artwork by John Nash and his brother Paul together with other artists. There are some WW1 paintings but these are in the minority. The exhibition also conveys an idea of the life and financial struggles of artists at that time. It is well worth visiting and the Towner is a unique modern gallery with plenty of space.
Written July 21, 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,130 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
It’s good to find the Townes functioning almost as normal with special exhibitions of the works of John Nash, a three screen display by John Okomfrah as well as a curated survey of some of the works in its own collection, none of which even required prior booking. The only signs of the all-pervasive endemic apart from the wearing of masks was the limit of two persons to use the giant lift large enough to transport virtually the entire Towner collection from floor to floor. John Nash ‘The Landscape of Love and Solace’ was a mightily impressive exhibition containing works from every decade of his working life bookended by photographs of him and his brother Paul as toddlers and of him in the last decade of his life smoking a cigarette after a boozy lunch at home. In between the comic illustrations of a talented teenager, the works of a war artist (twice), a series of townscapes of Bath, but above paintings revealing his love of the English countryside. Display cabinets show letters and book illustrations. This is billed as the most extensive exhibition since the retrospective at the Royal Academy in 1967. I think it is the only one of distinction of a since unduly neglected figure perhaps unjustly overshadowed by the works of his brother Paul.
Written June 17, 2021
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Rachael
3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Unfriendly staff. Told at 4.30 it was closing at 5 we were aware of this so said thanks again at 5.50 with “I’m not being rude but we close at 5” people are always rude when saying that same applied to when someone says “you can trust me I’m honest”- they rarely are.
Body language made it uncomfortable we were playing on going by 4.55.
Again the lady upstairs was also rude and unfriendly
My advise would be definitely avoid the tourist information centre is very friendly
In this place is cold not one friendly staff member I found on my trip here - letting Eastbourne down
Written September 1, 2021
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Suki W
Telford, UK5 contributions
Aug 2020
The Davie and Hockney exhibition is well worth a visit. We were impressed with the staff and the arrangements for social distancing and the cleanliness. Really well organised and mask wearing requirement an added bonus - ahead of government policy. The small cafe was well set out and organised as well
Written August 2, 2020
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