For every edition, London Art Fair collaborates with a different organisation to provide space in the Capital to showcase a significant regional collection. For our 2019 Fair, we are delighted to welcome Towner Art Gallery, our Museum Partner for 2019.
Towner Art Gallery presents 'The Living Collection'
For the 2019 edition, London Art Fair has partnered with Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery to present The Living Collection, an exhibition that celebrates the gallery’s rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century.
Towner’s exhibition at London Art Fair 2019 will showcase a selection of works that are significant to the history of the gallery and its collection, and will look at the way it has been shaped by its dedicated and innovative curators, who have sought to promote and support the most significant living artists of their time. As the gallery moves towards its centenary in 2023, the collection will play an important role in interpreting the last hundred years of regional history and be used as a catalyst to talk about the future.
Demonstrating the strength of the Towner Collection as an active, evolving body of contemporary art, the exhibition will feature modern and contemporary works by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash, William Nicholson, Duncan Grant, William Gear, Gertrude Hermes, Tirzah Garwood, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
This selection will not only highlight the role of Sussex as ‘The Artists’ County’, a place of inspiration which has nurtured artists and makers, but will also champion key figures from its history that promoted radical thinking and inspired social change throughout the twentieth century.
To celebrate their exhibition at London Art Fair 2019, Towner is commissioning a new wallpaper artwork responding to the collection, which will form the backdrop of the Towner’s display at the Fair.
“We are delighted to be the Official Museum Partner for the 2019 London Art Fair. It is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the work of Towner at one of the largest events on the cultural calendar, and as the gallery moves towards its centenary celebration, it is an ideal moment to highlight some of the important artworks that have been significant in its development. At a time when all galleries and museums are re-examining their role in a changing political and social landscape, it is essential that we look to our collections to interpret our context and develop new creative conversations for the future with artists, audiences and communities.”
Joe Hill, Director, Towner Art Gallery
“ We are excited to be the Museum Partner for the London Art Fair. It gives us a chance to show what we do at Towner: a contemporary art gallery commissioning and showing new work by both British and international artists alongside our own extensive collection of mainly twentieth-century art. This allows our curators and staff to explore different combinations of exhibitions and events with an energy that entices new audiences to come through our doors. As Trustees, nothing thrills us more than to hear of visitors enthusing about the unexpected delights Towner offers. I hope after seeing us at the fair you will come to Eastbourne and experience the gallery for yourself.”
David Dimbleby, Broadcaster & Chairman, Towner Art Gallery
About Towner Art Gallery
Set back from Eastbourne’s seafront at the foot of the South Downs, Towner Art Gallery presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, and houses an acclaimed collection of nearly 5,000 artworks. Founded in 1923 with a bequest of 22 paintings, the Towner Collection now features a cross section of important twentieth century British artists, including the broadest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942). It also boasts a growing collection of international contemporary art and moving image artworks. The collection includes artworks by Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden, Henry Moore, Enid Marx, Elizabeth Frink, Paul Nash, Victor Pasmore, Alfred Wallis and Duncan Grant, and by contemporary artists including Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Isaac Julien, Anya Gallaccio, Julian Opie, Tacita Dean, Omer Fast and Grayson Perry. Towner has an award-winning learning programme for all ages, as well as a recently opened cinema auditorium. Exhibitions planned for 2019 include David Nash and Dineo Seshee Bopape.
The London Art Fair museum partnership, first introduced in 2014, offers a London platform for significant regional collections of Modern British art. Positioned alongside established commercial galleries at the Fair, the Museum Partner’s uniquely curated exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the heritage, quality and significance of regional collections and works. It provides collectors gathered in the capital every January with a point of comparison between museum collections and commercial galleries and provides visitors with the opportunity to see regional museum works brought to London. The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (2014), Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2015), Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2016) and The Lightbox, Woking (2017) have so far shown.
London Art Fair’s 2018 Museum Partner was Art UK – the digital platform for the UK’s publicly funded art collections. The registered charity’s mission statement of transforming public access to the nation’s art collection is achieved through digitising artworks and creating exciting opportunities for public interaction with art both online and offline. Learn more