To The Manor Born – The History of the Towner by Dr Helen Rufus-Ward and Helena Birch

10 September 2021 @ 2:30 pm
Towner Art Gallery
£12 (EAC Members £10)

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 being named the Museum of the Year in 2020.

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.

Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is a published art historian, university lecturer and accredited speaker for the Arts Society.

Helena Birch MA worked in Art education for many years in Leicester and London. Her position was as Head of Art in the secondary sector teaching to ‘A’ Level, including some adult education. She is now a practising artist living and working in Eastbourne, and also acts as Tour Guide at Tate Modern under the heading “Making sense of Modern Art”

Tickets are now available for  all the events this autumn at the prices shown. Tickets will be emailed, unless a SAE is sent. For events at the Towner Art Gallery, tickets should be shown at the door. For Zoom events all participants will be emailed with a link, a few days prior to the event.

To book tickets, please download the ticket order form.

Ticket Order Form for Autumn 2021 Lectures.

For any queries or enquiries, or if you have booked a ticket and not received your email with a link to the Zoom lecture prior to the meeting, please contact Sir Philip Anson on 01323 411906.


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