Talk at the Towner on Downs painter

Harold Swanwick - Alfriston
Harold Swanwick - Alfriston

Artist Andrew Forrest will be giving a talk about the work of Harold Swanwick at the Towner art gallery on March 21 (2pm).

The Towner has recently acquired material from the family archive of early 20th century British artist Harold Swanwick (1866-1929).

The collection of work includes photographs, sketchbooks, unfinished works, letters, catalogues and collected ephemera.

Andrew Forrest was selected to take a closer look at the material to find connections between the archive and the Swanwick paintings in the Towner Collection, and to identify key material from the artist’s career.

Swanwick spent a lot of his life in East Sussex and was highly involved in the Towner when it first opened.

He was one of the best painters of the Downs of his generation and his paintings are an extremely popular element of the Towner Collection.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “Not only is it great to have local work in our very own contemporary art museum, it will be fascinating to hear the new connections that have been made between Harold Swanwick’s work and the archive material.”

The talk by Andrew Forrest will show the findings of his research as well as giving a behind the scenes glimpse into the Towner collection.

In addition it will give an overview of Swanwick’s life and his incredible work.

Tickets are £4 or £3 for concessions. For Towner members it is £2.50. Booking is required. For more information see