Stand up for Towner

Towner Art Gallery is under threat. As the largest gallery in the South East outside of London, and with an annual visitor figure in around the 150,000 region, with an exciting exhibition programme and a Learning Programme that reaches thousands of children, young people, and adults – often working with the most vulnerable members of…

Ghosts of Exhibitions past…

At work, we’ve been having a bit of a tidy up. I love a good old clear out, something interesting always pops up. This is what I found the last time I tackled the cupboards in our Learning spaces… Unexpected items in the cupboard, part of an ongoing series: a typewriter, glass jars, the Keira…

Looking back at Summer – Tiny Towner Summer Specials

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a while. Sometimes, it’s hard to find a time to sit and reflect, so I have carved out some time to stop and think and share. Since starting at Towner Art Gallery, I have focused a lot on developing our Early Years offer…

Museum Mannequins: An everyday Adventure in Museum Education

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of museum mannequins. Long term readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for these plastic people, as would anyone who follows my Instagram feed. Mannequins can be a useful tool for interpretation in museums, especially when it comes to demonstrating how costumes would have…

Art Relay: From Workshop to Exhibition

As you might remember, I’ve started a great new job at Towner in Eastbourne. It’s a contemporary art museum on the South Coast of England and I’ve been hard at work in the Learning Department. This week, we’ve had our Easter Holiday events for the kids: a series of workshops collectively known as Arts Relay….