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Public Art Lothar Götz Dance Diagonal
15 June 2019 to 31 May 2024

German artist Lothar Götz has transformed the exterior walls of the gallery with his new large-scale, colourful geometric artwork, 'Dance Diagonal'.


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Exhibition Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library
Ongoing display

Since the 1930s, Towner has developed one of the largest public collections of work by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942) as well as extensive archive materials.


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Exhibition Eileen Mayo A Natural History
12 February to 3 July 2022

The work of the multi-skilled painter, printmaker, illustrator, and tapestry designer, Eileen Mayo (1906-1994) will be celebrated in a solo exhibition at Towner Eastbourne in 2022; her first in the UK.  


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Exhibition Jananne Al-Ani Timelines
12 February to 22 May 2022

In an ambitious new moving image work, Jananne Al-Ani reveals a micro landscape within the surface of a museum object and employs testimony and storytelling to reflect on the relationship between Britain and Iraq.


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Exhibition Bringing to Light Jananne Al-Ani curates the Towner Collection
12 February to 22 May 2022

Artist and guest curator Jananne Al-Ani has chosen works from the Towner Collection by a broad range of artists including Roni Horn, Marine Hugonnier, Peter Lanyon, Eric Ravilious, Jem Southam and Victor Pasmore, bringing together a range of prints, photographs, moving image works and paintings, displayed with two further works of her own, Excavators (2010) and Black Powder Peninsula (2016).


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Event Art Store Tours 2pm to 3pm
Every second Sunday from 10 April

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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Film Oscar winner Belfast (12a)
18, 19 and 22 May

A warm, poignant and romantic cinematic memoir set against the tumult of late 1960s Northern Ireland.


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Film The Duke (12a)
14, 15, 19 and 26 May

Retiree Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent) wages a one-man war on BBC licence fee collectors, based on a true story.


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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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Film Documentary River (U)
19, 21 and 22 May

A cinematic and musical odyssey that explores the remarkable relationship between humans and rivers.


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Film Operation Mincemeat (12a)
21, 22 and 26 May

A sensational, stranger-than-fiction true story of the critical military deception that helped the Allies liberate wartime Sicily. 


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Event A Story of Living Things: Chalk Sea Cliffs 11.00am to 3.00pm, free event, drop-in
Saturday 28 May

Join us for the first in a series of three creative workshops inspired by Eileen Mayo: A Natural History, currently exhibiting at Towner!


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Film Downton Abbey: A New Era (PG)
28 and 29 May, 2 June

The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon Downton Abbey.


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Film Oscar nominee The Worst Person In The World (15)
28 and 29 May, 2 June

Julie, an archetypal twenty-something on the verge of turning 30, is so terrified of making the wrong choices she can hardly decide on one at all.


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Event A Story of Living Things: Greenwood 11.00am to 3.00pm, free event, drop-in
Tuesday 31 May

Join us for the second in a series of three creative workshops inspired by Eileen Mayo: A Natural History, currently exhibiting at Towner!


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Event A Story of Living Things: Sky and Sea 11.00am to 3.00pm, free event, drop-in
Wednesday 1 June

Join us for the third in this series of artist-led intergenerational, creative workshops, inspired by Eileen Mayo: A Natural History, currently exhibiting at Towner!


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Film Compartment No. 6 (15)
4, 5 and 9 June

Finnish student Laura (Seidi Haarla) must share a train compartment with gruff Russian miner Vadim (Yuri Borislov).


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Film The Outfit (15)
4, 5 ,9 and 12 June

Former Savile Row tailor Leonard (Mark Rylance) runs a small shop in a rough part of Chicago, where his beautiful bespoke suits catch the eye of the only people around who can afford them: a family of gangsters.


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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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Film Animation Flee (15)
9 and 11 June

Amin, an Afghan refugee now based in Denmark, shares for the first time the pain of his youth, in which he fled war-torn Kabul, desperately sought a safe country in which to live, and gradually came to terms with his sexuality.


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Exhibition A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim, Patron, Collector, Gallerist & Reuniting the Twenties Group: From Barbara Hepworth to Victor Pasmore
11 June to 25 September 2022

A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group showcase pioneering female gallerist, Lucy Wertheim’s vast contribution to mid-20th century modern art, reuniting works from her collection and telling her own story and that of the artists that she fervently championed.


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Film Benediction (12a)
11 and 12 June

The restless, complex and contradictory life of writer Siegfried Sassoon.


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Event Wood Engraving Course 11.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday 9 July, Saturday 13 August, Saturday 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 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 Lucy’s Women: Artists’ Research Workshop 10.00am to 4.00pm, free to attend
Wednesday 13 July

Work with Obscure Secure to research women artists in the Wertheim exhibitions.


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Event Adventure in Art Book Group 11.00am to 1.00pm, free to attend
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 Adventure in Art Book Group (Online) 6.00pm to 8.00pm, free to attend
Thursday 1 September 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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Exhibition Rita Evans Tuning in a Vacuum
Saturday 16, 7pm to 8pm & Sunday 17 July 2022, midday to 1pm

Tuning in a Vacuum by Rita Evans is a new work coming to Towner Eastbourne to coincide with the reopening of our newly designed ground floor spaces, currently undergoing major redevelopment as part of a series of capital works.


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Exhibition Collectively curates the Towner Collection
16 July to 4 December 2022

Following the success of the podcasts, the Collectively team further delve into the Towner Collection, curating an exhibition that will take place this summer. Expect to see a range of works selected by the group, including pieces by Wilfred Avery, Paul Graham, Kathleen Walne, and Margaret Benecke.


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Exhibition David Blandy The Edge of Forever
20 September to 2 October 2022

David Blandy, as part of his upcoming artist’s residency at Towner Eastbourne, will be presenting a live collaborative immersive installation alongside an archive of his psychogeographical research.


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Event Addressing the Absences: Discussion Day 10.00am to 4.00pm, £14/£10
Wednesday 21 September 2022

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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Exhibition Brewers Towner International
15 October 2022 to 22 January 2023

The second Brewers Towner International, a biennial exhibition of contemporary visual arts, returns to Towner Eastbourne, featuring both British and International artists.


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