Hastings Contemporary

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

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Hastings Contemporary Art Gallery, East Sussex

About

Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. An ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions includes work by important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists, and emerging practitioners. Since opening (as Jerwood Gallery) nine years ago, the gallery has developed a reputation for its focus on painting and on Modern British art. The gallery sits among Hastings’s famous net huts, overlooking the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe.

Designed by HAT Projects, the building has won several architectural awards, including a RIBA National Award, a Civic Trust Award and a Sussex Heritage Trust Award, and reached the mid list for the Stirling Prize.

 

Current exhibitions

QUENTIN BLAKE: WE LIVE IN WORRYING TIMES
​​​​​Sir Quentin Blake returned to Hastings Contemporary on 27 May 2021 with a brand new series of drawings, Hand in Hand, added to exhibition We Live in Worrying Times.

SEASIDE MODERN: ART AND LIFE ON THE BEACH
Open until 31 October 2021
With staycations booming and forecasters predicting a surge in the popularity of traditional seaside resorts, curator James Russell takes a fresh look at the popularity of the British seaside in the first half of the 20th century.

Workers took advantage of their newly-gained holidays to flock to the coasts, and young sophisticates cast aside Victorian attitudes to nudity and donned fashionable beachwear. Through their own exploration of the landscapes and inhabitants of the seashore, artists established the British beach as an essential site of the development of Modern British art.

This lively exhibition will feature work by major modern British artists including Paul Nash, LS Lowry, Eileen Agar and Laura Knight, as well as advertising posters and archive photographs.

 

Gallery Café

Education Futures Trust is excited to be partnering with Hastings Contemporary to open ‘The Drift’, a community café encapsulating ‘the art of community’.

The Drift will provide a safe working environment for adults and young people who, with the support of Education Futures Trust staff, will learn new skills, gain valuable experience, and unlock their potential.

As part of a commitment to minimising food waste, The Drift will use FareShare products to provide daily specials.

This new and ground-breaking partnership will start small and gradually build to provide a full menu. To start with, gallery members and visitors will be able to choose from a menu including quality coffee, handmade cakes, and a range of savoury light bites.

 
 

Book Tickets

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

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • kadiacolombes
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Go see it!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 28th August 2021
      Love a good art gallery and this one is great Easy to find near the pier and close to George street It currently has an exhibition from Sir Quentin Blake and it is beautiful and heart breaking... Read full review
    • SueT163
      Hastings
      Very interesting
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 10th September 2021
      Interesting and ample time and space to look at exhibits. It is a shame the blinds are down at the windows as initially built to frame views of Hastings. Read full review
    • darrylt187
      St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Loved this space
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 21st October 2021
      A wonderful space to view exhibitions the latest of which included Hepwoth and Lowry. The staff are very helpful and a cohort of volunteers very enthusiastic. The cafe has some stunning views of 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.

    Facilities

    Catering

    • 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

    2021 opening times (7 June 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    DayTimes
    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.

    Special Offers

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

      More offers like this - General

    Events

    Friday, 8th October 2021 - Sunday, 27th February 2022

    An abstract painting with a pink background and white and grew brushstrokes in the centre.Project Art Works: Ignition — The ExhibitionProject Art Works, the Turner Prize-nominated artist collective, return to Hastings Contemporary.
    more info

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -World Host Business World Host Business 2014
    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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