Towner

Towner, Eastbourne's award-winning gallery, is the contemporary art museum for the South East.

Towner opened in 1923 following the death of Alderman John Towner who left 22 paintings and £6,000 for the establishment of an art gallery.

Permanent collections

The gallery holds one of the most significant public art collections in the South East. It boasts over 4,000 works of art by historic, modern and contemporary artists including works by Grayson Perry, Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore.

Art Funded works

The two-screen film Evaders, bought for Towner with a grant from the Art Fund International programme in 2011, explores the mountainous path of the Lister Route, used by many to escape Nazi-occupied France. The film focuses on the ill-fated journey of Jewish writer and philosopher Walter Benjamin.

Watch the artist Ori Gersht explain the work in his studio.


Discover more works bought through the Art Fund International scheme with our interactive map.

Visitor information

The architecturally acclaimed building is fully accessible and includes a gift shop and café bar with stunning views over the South Downs. Towner offers regular events and workshops, as well as free drop-in sessions at weekends for families to create art of their own.


Art we've helped buy at Towner

Venue details

Towner Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4JJ 01323 434670 www.townereastbourne.org.uk

Entry details

Free entry to all
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm (until 5pm in winter)
Bank Holidays, 10am – 6pm (until 5pm in winter)

Please visit the Towner website for Christmas opening hours.