First impressions are often wrong, sometimes very wrong. My first glance as I approached this building did not inspire me. But when I crossed the road my opinion changed. Completely. I loved it.
This is the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne which we were visiting to see ‘Ravillious and Co: The Pattern of Friendship’. It is a brilliant exhibition that explores in great detail the collaborations and relationships between Ravillious and his contemporaries in the 1920s, 30s and early 40s. The exhibition ends on 17 September but will travel to Sheffield Millennium Gallery from 7 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 and then to Compton Verney next year from March to June.
It’s not often that a new (to me) venue will excite both for what is being exhibited inside and for the structure of the building itself. This place did exactly that.
I was very lucky to see this on a sunny early Autumn day when the shadows were deep and the facade bright. The light was just right. All I had to do was find compositions that explored the inter-relationships between the various ‘shapes’ that were on show.
I’m quite certain that on another visit, other ideas will present themselves. In the meantime enjoy these images and I would be interested to know which one you prefer of the four shown above. Click on an image to see an enlargement.
The Towner Gallery opened in 2009. It was designed by internationally acclaimed Rick Mather Architects and was awarded an Architectural Achievement Award.