Towner Contemporary Art Gallery

Towner Contemporary Art Gallery

The project is a major new public building in a prime location in Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, on England’s south coast.

Client

Eastbourne Borough Council

Location

Eastbourne, UK

Size

2,600m²

Value

£8.6m

Dates

2003–2008

Sited next to the Grade II* listed Congress Theatre, the new building brings a twenty-first century addition to Devonshire Park, which plays host to the pre-Wimbledon annual International Ladies Tennis Tournament, and strengthen its position as Eastbourne’s cultural quarter. The Cultural Centre provides a new home for the Towner Art Gallery collection, as well as providing new conference exhibition space, community activity rooms, gallery and retail facilities and a cafe.

The building incorporates art storage for the Towner permanent collection and is designed to enable the public to view the Gallery’s entire collection for the first time. Flexible spaces have been designed to accommodate touring exhibitions, conferencing and the promotion of education and learning with the building, acting as a base for community outreach programmes. The design of the new building is informed by many factors including views, circulation and the scale and nature of neighbouring existing buildings.

Conference and exhibition spaces are located at ground level with independent access encouraging multi-functional use. Galleries are stacked vertically adjacent to the existing Congress Theatre, allowing connections between the buildings on all floors. These links encourage sharing of facilities and the option to function together, or independently if required. Community spaces and meeting rooms are arranged over the top two floors, with the cafe and roof terrace opening out to views across the South Downs to Beachy Head.

Gavin Miller Project Director for Rick Mather Architects

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