Hastings Contemporary

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

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Hastings Contemporary Art Gallery, East Sussex


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.


Exhibitions (8 October 2022 - 12 March 2023)

Hastings Contemporary presents the first major survey show of the work of Caragh Thuring (b. Brussels, 1972) – her first UK exhibition in six years. It will include paintings, drawings and monotypes. Thuring’s nuanced compositions juxtapose signs and imagery from her recurring iconography of volcanoes, bricks, flora, tartan, human silhouettes, and submarines, to explore where natural and manufactured worlds collide. All works are on loan from the artist and public and private UK collections, in order to avoid the environmental impact of international shipping.

To celebrate Hastings Contemporary's 10th anniversary, we bring together 10 artworks from some of the astonishingly talented artists who have exhibited in the gallery over the last decade, such as Chantal Joffe, Rose Wylie, Maggi Hambling and Sir Quentin Blake.

Cloud falls in love with mortal is a solo exhibition by Penny McCarthy and comprises an extensive series of graphite drawings made between 2019 and 2022. The artist received the biennial Evelyn Williams Drawing Award in 2019.


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:

    • 455beverleyk
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Well worth a day trip.
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 12th June 2022
      Hastings is a game of two halves. The front is all faded grandeur, and the beach is somewhat stony and deep, but then the old town, the funicular, the art gallery and the trendy street with all the... Read full review
    • Sarah F
      Trip Type:
      Not worth the entry free
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 13th July 2022
      Nice building on the outside but very little art or space inside and definitely not worth the £8 entrance fee. Read full review
    • Andrew081
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Great, contemporary, art gallery
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 13th January 2023
      I just love this art gallery and its location. On this visit, due to a very valuable painting (that was part of the Seafaring exhibition), all of the galleries blinds had to be closed. This was a... 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

    2023 opening times (7 June 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
    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


    Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Sunday, 12th March 2023

    painting with red brick wall and explosive volcano.Caragh ThuringThe first major survey show of the work of Caragh Thuring at Hastings Contemporary.
    more info

    Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Sunday, 12th March 2023

    Making WavesAn exhibition to celebrate Hastings Contemporary's 10th anniversary.
    more info

    Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Sunday, 12th March 2023

    black and white drawing of man standing in smoke with trees in backgroundPenny McCarthy – Cloud falls in love with mortalSolo exhibition by the Evelyn Williams Drawing Award Winner 2019 at Hastings Contemporary.
    more info

    Friday, 13th January 2023 - Friday, 10th March 2023

    Contemporary DrawingThis course is designed to enable individuals with basic drawing skills to expand and improve their practice. Led by artist Lesley Greening Lassoff.
    more info

    Friday, 20th January 2023 - Friday, 10th February 2023

    Photo of Hastings fishing beach and boatsArt and MindfulnessCombine mindfulness and art techniques to build awareness in the present moment through painting and drawing from your imagination. Guided by artist Ivilina Kouneva, you will explore how artists interpret reality.
    more info

    Saturday, 1st April 2023 - Sunday, 24th September 2023

    painting in bold brushstrokes showing a crowded swimming pool.Soutine | Kossoff ExhibitionThe latest exhibition at Hastings Contemporary.
    more info


    • Regional and Miscellaneous -World Host Business World Host Business 2014
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
    • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member - Bronze Tourism South East Member - Bronze 2022

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