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
Adult ticket£8.00 per ticket
Art Fund Members (including Gift Aid)£4.00 per ticket
Children (Under 16 and Under)Free
Concessions (FE students, Unemployed)£6.00 per ticket
Hastings Borough Council Residents£4.00 per ticket
Senior (60+)£7.00 per ticket

Additional Gift Aid to support the gallery is optional.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • John L
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great exhibit!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 13th March 2022
      Really interesting space and the special exhibits were well worth the time. Artworks from all over the world curated through a competition on Instagram. Wide variety of styles and formats. Read full review
    • MYDOGISFINN
      Emsworth, United Kingdom
      GREAT BUILDING - SHAME ABOUT THE ART
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 26th March 2022
      This is a very fine building with great views. However the content did not really do much for me. The gallery does not appear to have any kind of core collection. When we visited there was some... Read full review
    • futtock21
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      The perils of the deep
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 2nd May 2022
      A great new exhibition at Hastings Contemporary under the umbrella title Seafaring to present depictions of the sea from the nineteenth century to the present day in all of its galleries except 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

    2022 opening times (7 June 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    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

      General - redeem this special offer immediately

      More offers like this - General

    Events

    Saturday, 2nd April 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

    A red silkscreen print by artist Ibrahim el SalahiIbrahim El-Salahi: Pain ReliefThe latest exhibition from Hastings Contemporary.
    more info

    Saturday, 30th April 2022 - Sunday, 25th September 2022

    painting by richard eurich titled survivors from a torpedoed ship 1942 shows three men on upturned small boat at seaSeafaringHastings Contemporary's summer exhibition explores the drama, beauty and strangeness of life at sea.
    more info

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -World Host Business World Host Business 2014
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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