Brief fleeting visit. Worth a quick visit. Okay for an activity on a rainy day. No direction for new visitors and not very welcoming at the desk.
In October 2020, FIL M said:
My friend and I popped in and spent a good hour or so enjoying the various exhibitions. We both really enjoyed many of the Binnie Sisters pieces.
Staff were helpful and attentive.
In October 2020, Clive J said:
Wonderful building and exhibition space. Painless covid precautions and helpful attentive staff. Good exhibition spaces with fine collections. Recently awarded museum of the year and you can see why. Sound toilets
In September 2020, futtock21 said:
Just managed to catch the penultimate day of this exhibition of early works by Alan Davie and David Hockney transferred from the Hepworth Wakefield. So used to seeing photographs of the late Alan Davie as an octogenarian grand old man with a beard it’s quite a shock to see a film of him as a thin twenty something enfant terrible stripped to the waist painting canvases on the ground then marking them ‘MUST BE DESTROYED’ in white paint. Slightly irritating that a young couple insisted on standing in front of and obstructing my view of early Hockney prints whilst watching the Davie video from afar rather than sitting on the seats provided. This barely marred my enjoyment of this exhibition of around fifty works suggesting how Hockney may have been influenced by his older Scottish forbear although to make a connection between a phallic reference in a Davie with to Hockney’s ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’ seems to be stretching a point. Overall well worth the trip from
London to the Towner to see this alone. Just as well because apart from the ever-present delights of the Ravilious gallery and archive the first floor’s latest offering of works by three local female artists inspired by Towner works to prance around the countryside tooless or pretend their naked bodies are pots to be decorated with paint is a rather tawdry affair.
In September 2020, BlackNarcissa said:
I visited the gallery on the last day of the Caroline Lucas exhibition, which I enjoyed seeing. The cafe on the top floor was open as the seating is outside, so fortunately it was a fine day.
In September 2020, Liz G said:
I love the Towner. The building is a gem, staff are very friendly and helpful. Always something of interest - I loved the exhibition curated by Caroline Lucas, lots of things related to the stunning local landscape. Sat outside on the cafe terrace for delicious coffee, all felt very Covid safe. Thank you Towner.
In September 2020, cleghorn said:
The gallery had re-opened after Covid closure - access was easy, social distancing was being observed. The Ravilious gallery is the prime reason for going and was very interesting indeed although quite small. The temporary exhibition was early Hockney and one of his contemporaries and was worth it although this is not the Hockney I like and most people know. Again it was impeccably set out. There was, I believe, a roof level cafe but the one I used was at the terrace level at the rear and was very good indeed. It is not the best signed place - quite a long walk along the promenade to the martello tower and then inland. The sign was an AA one when I would have expected an Eastbourne tourist attraction sign.
In August 2020, AMyers09 said:
Brilliant little gallery.
We went specifically for the Davies and Hockney exhibition and although small, it was really well done.
Not enough to last a full day, but we spent a good couple of hours here including a delish coffee in the cafe, (good milk alternatives available!!)
Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!
In August 2020, Polgas2mb said:
The gallery was showcasing abstract artists, which was not in my field of interest however it was still fairly interesting. The facilities and toilets are very clean and the have a cafe on the upper floor but we arrived much later so unfortunately it was closed . There is a lift and stairs. You need to pay for the exhibitions but there was no entrance fee.
In August 2020, sheepygold said:
I can thoroughly recommend a visit here. The current pay to view exhibition on the early works of Hockney and Davie is well worth seeing although waiting to queue for a 30 minute video is a bit ridiculous. The Ravilious room is well worth seeing as is the current selection of art from the Towner collection. The Syrian artwork whilst interesting is an example of Israel bashing. The cafe here is very good. All the exhibits apart from the one pay to view exhibition are free.
In August 2020, David W said:
Air con in galleries a real plus. We had an hour to spare and returned to the Towner for our third visit. Free except for the special Hockney/Davie exhibition. We like Hockney and had not seen these early works and the fee of £10 is to be expected.
Cafe does great cappuccino even though they forgot to put it on their special reduced menu.
Covid precautions fine.
In August 2020, Sheenatron said:
For my shame this was my first visit to the Towner despite being a local. Firstly, the colourful Dance Diagonal mural on the outside it stunning and probably my favourite piece of artwork 'in' the Towner. But there are plenty of treats inside too.
I was really impressed at the gallery's preparation for life during covid. All staff wearing visors, lots and lots of clear signage throughout, saw plenty of cleaning of door handles and my details were taken for track and trace. Probably one of the most well-executed examples of covid security I've seen. Also nice to see almost every visitor wearing masks even though it's not yet law.
The exhibitions were great. The Lawrence Abu Hamdan audio-visual exhibit was simple but poignant, I really enjoyed the Caroline Lucas exhibition and there were a huge number of local scenes depicted and there was - as you'd expect - a big environmental bias.
The Hockney and Davie Early Works exhibit was great. Nicely curated and lots of useful information presented with the displayed works.
Staff were plentiful and friendly. The roof-top cafe was a great place to grab a coffee and tables were all spaced out as you'd hope.
This is a great asset to Eastbourne and looks wonderful both inside and out. It was nice to see so many people enjoying it safely.
In August 2020, Suki W said:
The Davie and Hockney exhibition is well worth a visit. We were impressed with the staff and the arrangements for social distancing and the cleanliness. Really well organised and mask wearing requirement an added bonus - ahead of government policy. The small cafe was well set out and organised as well
In March 2020, th99 said:
A wonderful art gallery and cinema space, backing on to the wonderful Devonshire Park tennis centre, close to the lovely Eastbourne sea front. The Devonshire Quarter contains the town's theatres and conference centre and is a must see. The Towner currently has a Hockney exhibition, and the Ravillious room is a gem.
In March 2020, norfolkgirl-Heacham said:
A great Gallery,spacious and well organised.
interesting exhibitions with an extremeley good shop selling,postcards,prints,greetings cards and other inetersting relevant things.
In February 2020, Christopher T said:
visited yesterday with my wife and a friend who lives in Eastbourne, enjoyed the Caroline Lucas exhibition and also the pictures and woodcuts of Eric Ravilious, a prominent artist who lived in the area in the 1930's. Enjoyed lunch in the cafe and later went for a stroll along the seafront where we saw a murmuration of starlings swooping over the Pier - apparently Eastbourne is quite famous for this, I hadnt heard of this before. PS - entry to the gallery is FREE!
In February 2020, pauline r said:
This is the most beautiful gallery with the most delightful staff. We did see two exhibitions both of which we enjoyed. However a visit to the coffee shop was lovely. The coffee and cheese scones were just the best. The lift was out of action and the duty manager went to the trouble of taking us up in a lift via the next door building - what kindness. Thank you.
In February 2020, Tastee said:
A light and welcoming gallery with a choice of concurrent exhibitions which are, at present outside (Lothar Gotz to greet you on arrival), as well as inside. The David Nash exhibition was exhibited in areas that allowed space for full appreciation of the full variety of his work over the years. Not the first time I have visited the Towner and it certainly won't be the last with all that's on offer this year - especially with so much for free. The cafe is an excellent place to reflect between viewing different galleries with a good variety of choice, catering to different diets.
Towner is a real gem. Excellent for families and children and great facilities. Really interesting exhibitions and the new cinema is a great addition. Highly recommended.
In January 2020, kellihughes2617 said:
This gallery is a gem. Today we saw the David Nash exhibitions. Fascinating. His work in wood is imaginative, skilful and really makes the viewer reflect. There are exhibits over two floors and they include works on paper as well as the monumental wood sculptures. Do not miss the video of Wooden Boulder, a rough hewn monster that he placed in a Welsh stream in 1978 and tracked it out to sea and back until he lost sight of it in 2015.
It needs a minimum of 2 hours to take in the exhibition but you could spend much longer if you had the time.
In November 2019, Richard d said:
Some Excellent Exhibitions - the David Nash retrospective was amazing. There is also a good core collection
In November 2019, artloving walker said:
Excellent exhibition with large wooden structures by David Nash of great beauty and inspiration. Highly recommendable video footage of cork harvest in Spain. Very enjoyable visit to permanent exhibition of local artist Eric Ravilious. His work is so modern and timeless. After finishing the South Downs Walk his pictures were like illustrations of the views we enjoyed this autumn. Incredible!
What took our breath away was a masterpiece by contemporary artist Grayson Perry.
In November 2019, Valerie47_13 said:
The exhibition of David Nash's large and small scale wood sculptures was breath taking. On until February and definitely recommended. The exbition was free and the gallery is spacious and light. Cafe good too.
In November 2019, StevenHook said:
We were surprised how large the Nash exhibition was a lot of his work from over the decades but also good videos on the background to some of his work. Also videos that are art work.
In November 2019, Lara Yates said:
I'll start by saying the art is very professional and there's something for everyones taste, the cafe's great and there are different activities for kids too. The exhibitions are good but you have to catch the right one for you.
Me and my family visit several times a year and have found that some of the art stays there for ages and can get a bit boring if you keep visiting but the Towner has been painted rainbow recently which ,in my opinion, is a great touch since it's an 'art' gallery!
I would definitely recommend this gallery to any lovers of art and people who are interested in it.