This exhibition is well set out and includes artwork by John Nash and his brother Paul together with other artists. There are some WW1 paintings but these are in the minority. The exhibition also conveys an idea of the life and financial struggles of artists at that time. It is well worth visiting and the Towner is a unique modern gallery with plenty of space.
In July 2021, Richard du Plessis said:
This is my local gallery and it's amazing and worth a visit. We went to the Nash exhibition, it is brilliant.
In July 2021, David Allen said:
This is the second time I've been to an exhibition here and the second time that I have really enjoyed it. I was bowled over by the number of exhibits garnered in one place, testament to the hard work and foresight of the museum curators.
In July 2021, Alan Hibbert said:
Very comfortable 80-seat art-house cinema housed within an excellent art gallery. Good cafe too.
In July 2021, MandCF said:
The John Nash exhibition is excellent - much more comprehensive and better presented than I had imagined. What a great artist he was! Only 4 stars because the cafe was full so we could not have a coffee there - access was limited due to covid.
In July 2021, Adam Palk said:
Fantastic place. Loved it. It's like a mini Tate Eastbourne.
In July 2021, david olivo said:
Excellent art venue. Nice cafe over looking the tennis ground. Definitely pop in if you are in town.
In July 2021, Mary Stratton said:
The exhibits are varied, thought provoking and in some cases shocking. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive. As always the Towner is well worth the visit.
In July 2021, Chris Mellor said:
Excellent John Nash exhibition.
In July 2021, Louise Dear said:
Welcoming gallery space - stylish layout and helpful staff. We saw the current Nash exhibition which was thoughtfully laid out. There was an installation about the sea on the ground floor. If you want refreshments the cafe is not in use due to covid and I suspect when it opens again, there will be added atmosphere to the rather empty top floor.
In July 2021, Rosie8788 said:
The John Nash Exhibition is really worth visiting. Great pictures of during the war and you learnt all about him. The book illustrations were my favourite
In June 2021, Philip Appleby said:
Great John Nash exhibition.
In June 2021, Edward Russell said:
Great gallery. Nice café.
In June 2021, David White said:
All round excellent!
In June 2021, Russell said:
An excellent gallery with a permanent Eric Ravillious exhibition. The staff organise imaginative and stimulating exhibitions. The gallery shop is full of interesting items, beautifully curated. A good cafe on the top floor with wonderful views. What is not to love?
In June 2021, Donnys Mum said:
only one gallery open but good view of the tennis. Polite staff, all Covid precautions.
In June 2021, Ian D said:
Outstanding gallery that is again somewhat surprising for Eastbourne. World-class exhibitions and a memorable visit. Great cafe for a light meal pre or post the gallery visit...
In June 2021, Linda Johnson said:
Iconic building with colourful art installation. John Nash exhibition very good
In June 2021, Paul Moriarty said:
The staff and the space give a relaxing, intimate feel to a museum which has a welcoming community feel and atmosphere. The choice and selection is ailways exciting ,and the Nash exhibition is brilliant.
In June 2021, michael duck said:
Currently showing excellent John Nash exhibition and also selection from their Eric Ravilious collection good café as well with balcony. All under Covid conditions.
In June 2021, futtock21 said:
It’s good to find the Townes functioning almost as normal with special exhibitions of the works of John Nash, a three screen display by John Okomfrah as well as a curated survey of some of the works in its own collection, none of which even required prior booking. The only signs of the all-pervasive endemic apart from the wearing of masks was the limit of two persons to use the giant lift large enough to transport virtually the entire Towner collection from floor to floor. John Nash ‘The Landscape of Love and Solace’ was a mightily impressive exhibition containing works from every decade of his working life bookended by photographs of him and his brother Paul as toddlers and of him in the last decade of his life smoking a cigarette after a boozy lunch at home. In between the comic illustrations of a talented teenager, the works of a war artist (twice), a series of townscapes of Bath, but above paintings revealing his love of the English countryside. Display cabinets show letters and book illustrations. This is billed as the most extensive exhibition since the retrospective at the Royal Academy in 1967. I think it is the only one of distinction of a since unduly neglected figure perhaps unjustly overshadowed by the works of his brother Paul.
In June 2021, Paul Reed said:
Absolutely superb Gallery. The Ravilious gallery was a dream and the John Nash exhibition excellent. Super helpful and friendly staff too. Can’t wait to come back!
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In June 2021, Mary Oldham said:
A really lovely gallery, well organised and a John Nash exhibition that's well worth a visit at the moment. Good if you like Ravilious as well.