To celebrate the gallery’s centenary year which includes hosting the Turner Prize, there will be a series of activities for children to enjoy throughout 2023. 

Towner Eastbourne school visit

Source: Phoebe Wingrove

The gallery is celebrating its centenary throughout 2023 with a series of events and sessions for children.

Towner Eastbourne is the oldest gallery and collection on the south east coast and this year marks its 100th anniversary. As part of the programme, it is hosting the prestigious Turner Prize between September this year and January 2024. 

Towner’s collection is best known for its modern British art including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) and a growing collection of national and international contemporary art including works by Abu Hamdan, Tacita Dean, Anya Gallaccio and Wolfgang Tillmans. 

For Towner 100 and Turner Prize 2023, the gallery has events and activities planned:

  • There will be packs of materials for young people to engage with, and activities in the gallery for school children to enjoy, to help them navigate the Turner Prize.
  • All Year 9 students across Eastbourne will be invited to come and see the Turner Prize, via their schools.

There will also be an education partnership with the University of Sussex, with a range of events both on and off campus. The university will play a key role in developing and running an arts education programme around the Turner Prize, one of the world’s leading prizes for contemporary art. 

Towner Eastbourne

Source: Nick Caville

The striking gallery has won a number of awards over the years. 

It will include specialised school programmes, community arts education events, public-facing performances and exhibitions focused on enhancing the accessibility of arts education within local schools and the wider community.


School visits to the gallery

There are regular creative and making activities for school groups, both inside and outside the gallery. The building itself is also of interest, having opened in 2009, it’s the largest purpose-built gallery in the south east and was designed by Rick Mather Architects. 

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