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Art Exhibition, Sat 29 Sep 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019, free entry




Devonshire Park,
College Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 4JJ


Artist and designer Eric Ravilious is renowned for some of the 20th Century’s most iconic depictions of the Sussex countryside. Since the 1930s Towner has developed one of the largest public collections of Ravilious’ work as well as extensive archive materials.

Our Ravilious Room is a dedicated space to view a selection of his finest watercolours, prints and ceramics, explore our archive and browse books on the artist.

Following their inclusion in our 12 month touring exhibition Ravilious & Co. The Pattern of Friendship, many of Towner’s Ravilious watercolours are now being given a period of rest, to protect the paintings from fading due to excessive light exposure.

The current Ravilious Room display features works by Eric Ravilious complimented by those of his contemporaries, Edward Bawden, Tirzah Garwood, Enid Marx, Douglas Percy Bliss and Peggy Angus. It also features Towner’s latest acquisition to the permanent collection Beachy Head, 1939, as well as a large selection of Ravilious’ ceramic designs for Wedgwood.

Works on display by Eric Ravilious:

Boy Birdnesting, 1927, wood engraving
Garden Path, 1934, watercolour
Dolly Engine, 1934, watercolour
Hampden Park, c.1928, watercolour
Enid Marx’s Studio, c.1930s, watercolour
Beachy Head, 1939, watercolour
Also on display:

Peggy Angus, Portrait of Eric Ravilious, c.1934, drawing
Edward Bawden, ‘The Boy’, Eric Ravilious in his Studio at Redcliffe Road, 1929, watercolour
Edward Bawden, Back Garden at Great Bardfield, 1933, watercolour
Douglas Percy Bliss, Bare Ruin’d Quires, 1944, watercolour
Tirzah Garwood, Orchid Hunters in Brazil, 1950, oil on canvas
Enid Marx, Lovers, c.1925, wood engraving
Enid Marx, Ride A Cock Horse from ‘A Book of Nursery Rhymes’, c.1938, wood engraving

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 29 Sep 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019 10:00 to 17:00
Please note the Ravilious Room will be closed from 18-28 September.

Closed Mondays.


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 29 Sep - Sun 6 Jan Ravilious Room
Sat 29 Sep - Sun 6 Jan The Everyday and Extraordinary
Sat 13 Oct - Sun 27 Jan Simon Ling
Sat 10 Nov - Sun 27 Jan Hannah Perry: GUSH
Sun 25 Nov Art Store Tours
Thu 29 Nov - Sun 2 Dec Crossing The Screen International Film Festival



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Map reference: OA 611838  Lat: 50.76272 Long: 0.28297

Towner is 10 minute walk / 5 minute taxi ride from Eastbourne station. Follow Gildredge Road, cross over South Street and Furness Road, and continue on to College Road. Towner is situated at the end of the road at the left, where College Road meets Carlisle Road.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Eastbourne station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality