Hastings Contemporary

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

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Balcony terrace at Hastings Contemporary by Katie Lineker


At Hastings Contemporary we bring world-class modern and contemporary art to a spectacular coastal setting. The gallery welcomes everybody and through our exhibitions, events and activities we aim to enrich lives, support creativity and help our town to thrive. Our ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions balances internationally celebrated artists and emerging practitioners. Our award-winning building is situated on the seafront in the heart of Hastings Old Town, among the famous net huts and fishing beach. Since 2012 (opening as the Jerwood Gallery) we have established ourselves as a celebrated cultural hub for the South East. We are open Wednesday to Sunday and bank holidays, from 11am–5pm. Members and under 18s go free. Hastings and Rother residents go half price.

Located on the upper floor with a balcony and beautiful sea views, the cafe is open to gallery visitors during our opening times with a selection of hot drinks, sweet treats, light savoury dishes and bar drinks. 

Get 2-for-1 entry when you travel by train. See the Days Out Guide and book your ticket with Southeastern Railway

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket with Gift Aid£11.00 per ticket
Art Fund Members with Gift Aid£5.50 per ticket
Children - Under 18Free
Concessions (students)£7.00 per ticket
Hastings and Rother residents with Gift Aid£5.50 per ticket

Members and Patrons, Pension Credit, unemployed, PIP, DLA and carers go FREE



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    Recent Reviews:

      Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
      Hastings in October
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 10th November 2023
      I went with a coach trip in the October half term week. It was extremely windy and wet, although while we were there we only had showers, but we drove through flooded villages. Most of the... Read full review
    • Marian L
      London, United Kingdom
      What a Gem!
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 10th January 2024
      The galleries were light and airy. The exhibitions were well displayed and the invigilators very informative. The new cafe was brilliant. The food was tasty and beautifully presented. Staff were... Read full review
    • Explorerelb
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 12th February 2024
      A beautiful stylish gallery, with great views from the well-placed picture windows throughout. We saw three interesting exhibitions, all thoughtfully curated to make maximum impact in the space. The... 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

    2024 opening times (7 June 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
    Monday - TuesdayClosed
    Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

    * Unless you are a Hastings Contemporary member, we strongly recommend booking your tickets before arriving at the gallery.
    Gallery capacity is currently limited and we strongly recommend booking in advance.


    Saturday, 16th March 2024 - Sunday, 8th September 2024

    abstract artwork by Elias SimeElias Sime: Eregata እርጋታOne of Ethiopia's leading contemporary artists brings their work to Hastings Contemporary.
    more info

    Saturday, 16th March 2024 - Sunday, 8th September 2024

    artwork by Sir Quentin BlakeQuentin Blake: A Hundred PortraitsThe legendary artist Sir Quentin Blake returns to Hastings Contemporary with an exhibition of one hundred portraits.
    more info

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