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Towner: an award-winning contemporary art gallery and museum in Eastbourne. It is FREE to visit Towner in Eastbourne so why not enjoy all that Towner has to offer from learning and participation to just enjoying some of the stunning art displays. Towner is funded by Eastbourne Borough Council and Arts Council England as a National portfolio organisation (2015-18) Membership at Towner is also available for exclusive benefits.

Towner presents major exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, we also hold a renowned collection of art from across the centuries. Many visitors travel from London and across the South East and beyond to enjoy the range of outstanding art on offer, as well our regulars who stop by to enjoy the wonderful coffee and cake by Urban Ground at Towner – not to mention the wonderful views of the South Downs from the Café balcony.

Learning and participation are at the heart of what Towner does, and if you find yourself inspired to learn more – or you'd like to have some fun by getting creative yourself – there are many different ways to get involved, from our free daily tours at 11.30am, to our family drop-in at weekends and school holidays, with art materials and resources provided free of charge in the welcome area.

Towner runs a busy programme of events for all ages, from workshops, artist talks and screenings to evening events, there’s a whole host of different ways to get involved and find out more about our exhibitions.

Entry to Towner is free - though donations are of course welcome to ensure that this important centre for the visual arts can remain free for all.

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In March 2012, said about towner

It was just before Christmas when I was dragging our reluctant 11 year old round the shops buying last minute Christmas gifts etc. As he is always asking questions about what I do in Eastbourne I thought what better way than to show him. I asked if he wanted to go to Towner and he said what's that? With that I said come on you will see. We walked in and his excitement was much higher than expected. He loved the building and all the things in the reception area. We ventured through the exhibits and he was loving every minute of it. Now any time we are going to Eastbourne he asks if we can stop by the Towner! Well worth a visit and you will be amazed just what wonders are waiting for you!

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In March 2012, said about towner

The award winning Towner Gallery has something for everyone. It's a smart interesting building with great views to where Eastbourne's famous tennis tournament is held at Devonshire Park. As well as the visiting internationally acclaimed exhibitions, there are the more permanent displays of various art forms from the locality as well as elsewhere. Even the gift shop is well worth a visit. Apart from its range of interesting art related books, it has a range of fascinating and unusual gift ideas. There's even a decent coffee shop with an outside terrace to enjoy Eastbourne's many hours of sunshine. A good day out for all the family and well worth a visit.

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