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Hastings Contemporary

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

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Hastings Contemporary


Nestling between the fishing beach and Hastings Old Town, Hastings Contemporary is sensitively and intuitively designed,(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 top buildings of 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 a lovely sun terrace and fantastic views over Hastings and the fishing beach.

Jan-March exhibitions: 

Anne Ryan: Earthly Delites

Quentin Blake: Airborn

The Age of Turmoil: Burra, Spencer, Sutherland

Drawing Life

The Studio at 4am

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:

    • Floralfilly
      Ashford, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples the eye of the beholder
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 6th November 2019
      I have wanted to visit since it opened & finally got the chance on Nov 2nd. Saw 2 exhibitions Victor Willing Visions & Quentin Blake Feet in the Water. I was charged £9 not knowing I had given a... Read full review
    • philoLondon
      A gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
      Fantastic location helpful knowledgable staff.Great cafe overlooking the sea delicios food and ambience.This is a small gem of a gallery an intimate restful space. Read full review
    • john g
      Hastings, United Kingdom
      Significantly different from its days as the Jerwood Gallery.
      3 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 5th February 2020
      We had been members of the Jerwood Gallery since its opening. We appreciated its permanent collection from the Jerwood foundation and its temporary exhibitions. About a year ago, the Jerwood... 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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