Museum Partner

For the 2019 Fair, we were delighted to welcome Towner Art Gallery, as our Museum Partner.

Towner Art Gallery. Photo: Rob Walker

Towner Art Gallery presents 'The Living Collection'

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, presented The Living Collection – an exhibition that showcased Towner’s rich heritage of collecting, exhibiting and championing contemporary art for almost a century. The selection represented works that are significant to the history of the gallery, and through them we explore the way in which Towner’s collection has been shaped by its dedicated and innovative curators who have sought to promote and support the most significant living artists of their time, including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Nash, William Nicholson, Duncan Grant, William Gear, Gertrude Hermes, Tirzah Garwood, and Wolfgang Tillmans amongst others.

The collection plays a critical role in discussions about our future, and the future of collecting art – particularly pertinent as Towner moves towards its centenary in 2023. However it is also through the collection that we are able to interpret the last hundred years of our regional and cultural history, and to engage in dynamic and revealing conversations between the historic and the contemporary. This is particularly relevant to Towner when we consider our important collection of works by the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942).

Eric Ravilious, The Bedstead, 1939. Courtesy of Towner Collection

Gertrude Hermes, Through the Windscreen (detail), 1929. Courtesy Towner Collection

John Nash, Disused Canal, Wormingford, Essex, c. 1940s. Courtesy of Towner Collection

“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.

About the Museum Partnership

For every edition, London Art Fair collaborates with a different organisation to provide space in the Capital to showcase a significant regional collection. The London Art Fair museum partnership, first introduced in 2014, offers a London platform for significant regional collections of modern British and contemporary 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

Museum Partner Lighting Sponsor

London Art Fair Museum Partner 2019 was kindly sponsored by TM Lighting. TM Lighting is the UK’s leading art lighting specialist, manufacturing exceptional high colour rendition LED picture lights and accent lights for the art market.