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Hastings Contemporary

Rock-A-Nore Road, HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

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The Hastings Contemporary is temporarily closed, but is using robots to give virtual tours of the gallery. The Double, a two-wheeled video-conferencing robot, provides real-time tours of galleries and exhibitions. Please email for details.


Nestling between the fishing beach and Hastings Old Town, Hastings Contemporary is sensitively and intuitively designed by HAT Projects to complement the surrounding environment. On opening as the Jerwood Gallery in 2012 it won a RIBA National Award and Civic Trust Award. It was included in the Observer's list of top buildings 2012.  

The exterior is clad in over 8000 black ceramic tiles, hand-glazed a few miles away in Kent, which reflect the changing seaside light. The emphasis on sustainability is exemplary, with the building creating 60% less CO2 per m2 than an average museum of a comparable size. It houses a range of gallery spaces from initimate rooms through to a dramatic 180m2 exhibition space.

The gallery cafe, Boatyard, boasts an inviting sun terrace with fantastic views over Hastings Old Town and the Stade fishing beach. 

Late opening from 16.00 - 20.00 every first Tuesday of the month. FREE ENTRY to all.

There will be times when the gallery will be closed for maintenance and exhibition turnover - please check the website for up to date information


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
10 or more£6.00 per ticket
10 or more in a group£5.50 per ticket
16 and underFree
60 and over with gift aid£8.00 per ticket
60 and over without gift aid£7.00 per ticket
Art Fund Members with gift aid£4.50 per ticket
Art fund members without gift aid£4.00 per ticket
Free entry to Carers supporting disabled visitorsFree
Hastings Borough Council Residents proof of add. required£4.00 per ticket
Jerwood Gallery MembersFree
Students, Disabled, Unemployed - proof required£6.00 per ticket
With gift aid£9.00 per ticket
Without gift aid£8.00 per ticket

.Your ticket price contributes towards our running costs and joins with support from Jerwood Foundation, Arts Council England, Hastings Borough Council, our Members and Supporters to enable the gallery to continue to display its exhibitions and outreach programmes.

First Tuesday
FREE from 4pm - 8pm
On the first Tuesday of every month the gallery is free to all between the hours of 4pm - 8pm. The cafe is also open during this time.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • judithhC8538OF
      Trip Type:
      Lovely gallery spaces but ...
      2 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th February 2020
      The building is light and airy and the cafe is excellent. However, the exhibitions are small and some of it - most of it really - is utterly pretentious crap. Read full review
    • futtock21
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      No substitute for the Jerwood Collection
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 18th February 2020
      Last year the Jerwood Contemporary changed its name to Hastings Contemporary. But this was more than a re-branding. It followed a dispute between the gallery and the Jerwood Foundation which led to... Read full review
    • Just-Silly-Tilly
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      2 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 19th March 2020
      We only visited the cafe on this occasion. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The most surprising thing was that in this time of coronavirus they didn't wipe the tables clean! As customers left... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Hastings Contemporary is just off the A259 on Rock-a-Nore Road, 62 miles from London. The A21, which runs between London and Hastings provides easy access into the centre of Hastings.

    Public Transport Directions

    By Bus - Hastings and St. Leonards are served by the Stagecoach bus company who run regular bus services in the town. By Rail - Regular train services run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross to Hastings. Direct trains to Hastings from Brighton and Ashford International.



    • On-Site cafe/restaurant

    Establishment Features

    • Conference facilities
    • Event Venue
    • Toilets

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 2 hours
    • Delta accepted
    • Groups Accepted
    • Maestro Accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Special group rates
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Travel & Trade

    • Group discounts available
    • Min group size numeric qualifier - 10 persons
    • Wi-fi available

    Opening Times

    2020 opening times (18 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
    Tuesday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
    Bank Holiday11:00 - 17:00

    * Opening times 11-5 Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays Last admission at 4.30pm

    Special Offers

    • Free entry to local residents on first Tuesday of each month during the hours of 4pm-8pm

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