Towner Eastbourne

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Devonshire Park College Road
East Sussex
BN21 4JJ

  • Front Desk: General Enquiries & Event Bookings: 01323 434670

Collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for nearly 100 years, Towner Eastbourne presents an ambitious and high quality programme of historic, modern and contemporary art through temporary and collection based exhibitions, talks, events and creative activities for as many as 160,000 visitors each year. Founded in 1923 as the result of a bequest by Alderman John Chisholm Towner to create ‘an art gallery for the people’, this founding ethos remains at the heart of Towner’s mission. Towner’s Collection is best known for its modern British art, including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942), and a growing collection of international contemporary art including works by Dineo Seshee Bopape, John Akomfrah, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Tacita Dean, Grayson Perry and Wolfgang Tillmans. Towner is a free and welcoming community space providing places for study and relaxation including a Sensory Room, Collection Library and a Cinema screening a regular programme of films including new releases, documentaries, classics, family film and more. The Art School programme offers creative activities for everyone, children and young people to adults; including drawing, making, designing and film making. A professional development programme for artists of all levels offers artist residencies, mentoring and opportunities for collaboration and showcasing. The award-winning gallery designed by Rick Mather Architects sits in the Eastbourne’s cultural centre, the Devonshire Quarter. The building, which opened in April 2009, is the largest purpose built gallery in the South East.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Tue-Sun 10.00-17.00 Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-17.00


Free entry to gallery and most exhibitions. Many events are free - please see event details for information.


    Travel directions:

    There are excellent public transport links to Towner, including direct rail links from London, Brighton and the rest of the South East. Towner is a 10 minute walk (or 5 minute taxi ride) from the station. Follow Gildredge Road to the end, then cross over South Street and Furness Road to College Road. Towner is situated at the end of the road on the left, at the junction between College and Carlisle Roads. Driving from London, take the A23 from London, A27 to Eastbourne and then A2270 towards the town centre & seafront. At the roundabout on Upperton Road (which the A2270 turns into), take the second exit on to Grove Road. At the end of Grove Road take a left down South Street; turn right and immediately left on to College Road. Towner is at the end of College Road. See our website for rail and bus links.

    Upcoming events:

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    Facilities and services


    • Baby changing facilities
    • Cafeteria
    • Education facilities available
    • Facilities for private functions and events
    • Meeting room available
    • Parking for disabled available
    • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
    • Research facilities for academics
    • Shop
    • Toilets for disabled
    • Wheelchair access to all public areas
    • Wheelchairs available for loan
    • High chairs in café/restaurant
    • Buggy parking facilities
    • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
    • Conference facilities available
    • Toilets
    • Wi-fi available
    • Restaurant
    • Refreshments
    • Public car park
    • Members/Friends facilities offered
    • Late night openings
    • Cinema/film screening facilities
    • Bicycle park
    • Licensed bar
    • Parking for coaches

    Facilities information:

    Towner has a gift shop, a cafe bar with balcony and stunning views over the South Downs and an 80-seat cinema. Towner is accessible to all - please visit our website to see how we can help meet your access requirements.


    • Activities for pre-school children
    • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
    • Events and resources for children and families
    • Guided tours
    • Information point provided
    • Large print information and/or interpretation
    • Loan service
    • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
    • Pre-booking service for groups
    • Primary school education service available
    • Secondary school education service available
    • Specialist publications on collections available
    • Public access to stores available
    • Public access available to collections information
    • General guide to collections available
    • Volunteering scheme offered
    • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
    • Community outreach programme/service
    • Adult lectures and courses held
    • Academic publications and resources available
    • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
    • Professional development and training for teachers
    • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
    • Online shop
    • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
    • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities

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