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For nearly a century the Towner Art Gallery has enriched the lives of Eastbourne residents and visitors to the town, turning from a small provincial art gallery into a gallery that champions contemporary art in the 21st century.
This lecture will begin with the gallery’s inception in the 1920s (thanks to the generosity of Alderman John Chisholm Towner) before exploring the development of the Towner Collection. The main focus of the lecture will be some of Towner’s key art works (some very familiar, others not so) that express the evolution of the gallery’s acquisition policy that has allowed the collection to grow into the respected gallery it is today. Along the way, the audience will encounter all manner of delights – tranquil landscapes, mysterious and shadowy interiors, controversial abstracts and iconic Eastbourne imagery. A reminder of the art riches on our doorstep.
Helena Birch is an ex Head of Art and is now a practising artist and a tour guide at Tate Modern under the heading of ‘Making Sense of Modern Art!’ Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is a published art historian, university lecturer and an accredited speaker for the Arts Society.
Picture is Lombardi, Giovanni Battista; The Veiled Lady; Towner;