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Art Exhibition, Sat 26 Jan - Sun 28 Apr 2019, free entry

Joe Hill curates from Towner’s Collection

Joe Hill curates from Towner’s Collection


Towner Art Gallery


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


Our new Director Joe Hill curates a personal response to Towner’s renowned collection. His diverse selection spans a period of one hundred years and rather than presenting a themed selection, Joe aims to examine how the selection process itself can further an individual’s understanding of place, perception and aspiration through its collections.

The title for the show is taken from a Francis Bacon painting that belongs to Joe’s home town, the former mining and textiles community of Batley in West Yorkshire. The town currently sits in the top 10% of the most deprived communities in England and Wales. Bacon’s Figure Study II is on long-term loan to the National Museum of Scotland and the painting (and the collection as a whole) has not been shown in the town in Joe’s lifetime. The loss of the town’s gallery in the early 1980s to a now derelict shopping centre means it is unlikely the town’s residents will have an opportunity to see the collection or know of its existence. Joe only became aware of the provenance of the painting whilst installing it an exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London in 2010.

Joe is interested in understanding how this collection could have played a role in developing a new post-industrial identity for the area and contributed to the aspiration and sense of pride amongst its younger population. It has left him feeling strongly that public collections have an important role to play in developing this sense of place and identity. During his time at Towner, Joe and the team would like the people of Eastbourne and the surrounding area have an opportunity to get to know their collection through this series of new displays selected by a range of invited guests and groups.

The display includes work by artists such as Eileen Cooper, Holly Downing, Elisabeth Frink, Richard Hamilton, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon, Victor Pasmore, John Piper, Walter Sickert and Thomas Joshua Cooper.

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 26 Jan - Sun 28 Apr 2019 10:00 to 17:00


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 26 Jan - Sun 28 Apr Evan Roth: Red Lines
Sat 26 Jan - Sun 28 Apr Figure Study II: Joe Hill curates from Towner’s Co
Sat 26 Jan - Sun 28 Apr Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library
Sun 17 Feb - Sun 2 Jun The Weather Garden
Sun 17 Feb - Sun 2 Jun Carey Young: Palais de Justice
Fri 5 Apr - Sun 2 Jun Draw Me In



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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