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Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942

Tue - Sun, 17 Mar – 10 Jun 2018, 11am – 5pm

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This exhibition of the artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) explores the significant relationships and working collaborations between Ravilious and an important group of friends and affiliates.

Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942) is now recognised as one of the most important and popular British artists of the 20th century. This major new exhibition explores the influence of Ravilious and his circle and their remarkable impact on British art and design in the 1930s and 1940s.

Based on new research and telling a previously untold story, it chronicles the personal and professional relationships between Ravilious and artist-designers such as Paul Nash, John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Eileen ‘Tirzah’ Garwood, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, Diana Low, and one of his closest friends, Edward Bawden.

Ravilious & Co brings together nearly 500 paintings, prints, drawings, engravings, books, ceramics, wallpapers, and textiles – many rarely shown and previously unknown – and highlights key moments in the artists’ lives and work from first meetings at the Royal College of Art, to the evolution of their artistic practices into commercial and industrial design.

The exhibition has been created to mark the 75th anniversary of Ravilious’ tragic early death in Iceland during the Second World War and it finishes on a remarkable series of works from his time as an official war artist.

FREE entry for Members 

Curated by Andy Friend and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne.


Paint provided by Zoffany: Luxurious design, artfully crafted to the highest standards.


Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship Talk

Thu 3 May, 2.30pm – 3.30pm


Join Andy Friend, co-curator and author of the book on which the exhibition is based, as he gives a unique insight into the life and work of Eric Ravilious and his circle. Followed by a book signing by the author.


Members £10

Annual Pass Holders £18.50

Non-Members £25*

*this price includes Exhibition, Collections and Park DAY TICKET

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Eric Ravilious, Sussex Church, 1924. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne