Towner Art Gallery

East Sussex, BN21 4JJ

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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.

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 we’ve helped buy at Towner Art Gallery

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.

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm
Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm
Late Night Opening, Thursdays from 22 June - 31 August, until 8pm
Please visit the Towner website for Christmas opening hours.

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