Eastbourne Arts Circle use the profits they make from putting on events at the Towner Art Gallery and legacies that they receive to help the gallery purchase works of Art and make other investments in the building that would otherwise be unable to afford. In mid 2017 we donated £100,000 towards the cost of the new Towner Cinema and later that year agreed to donate £10,000 each year, for the next 5 years, in December each year.
In early 2019 we gave an additional £10,000 from our balances, that still contained money from the Sally Sainsbury bequest, so that we could be known as the sole sponsor of the new Ravillious Room at the Gallery.
On Friday 13 December, just before the afternoon lecture, by our chairman, Dr Helen Rufus-Ward the committee presented Mr Jo Hill, the Director of the Towner Art Gallery with our annual donation of £10,000. We will bring you further news on this web-site when we know on what the gallery intends to spend the money.
Members will be pleased to know that our events have been so successful in 2019, that we have made enough profit on the events taking place throughout the year to cover the value of this donation.
(The picture above (left to right) shows:- Mr Jo Hill (Director- Towner Art Gallery), Dr Helen Rufus-Ward (Chairman – Eastbourne Arts Circle), Mr Derek Irving, Ms Helena Birch (Committee Members – Eastbourne Arts Circle) and Sir Philip Anson (Treasurer – Eastbourne Arts Circle)