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.
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.
Museum partner of London Art Fair in 2017, The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, celebrated its tenth anniversary with a unique exhibition by The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art titled ‘Ten Years: A Century of Art’. Curated by Peter Hall, Curator of The Lightbox, and Jo Baring, Curator of The Ingram Collection, the exhibition demonstrated the breadth, depth and quality of The Ingram Collection, telling the story of a century of British Art rich in innovation and discovery and displaying works by twentieth century artists including Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious.