Robot Tours

We have been delighted by the enthusiastic response to our Robot Tours, as featured by BBC News, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Art Newspaper, and the Daily Mail.

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The telepresence robot, developed by Double Robotics, provides a revolutionary solution for arts organisations such as Hastings Contemporary in overcoming barriers of isolation. The gallery is delighted that through its adoption of this technology it will be able to continue to support families, children, and older visitors alike, offering opportunities to enter the gallery space from the comfort of a sofa, bed or seat at the kitchen table.

Moreover, Hastings Contemporary’s robot tours will help to communicate more widely the lived experiences of those with disabilities in a creative and collaborative manner, and will contribute to scientific research.

Photos: Will Barrett/Hastings Contemporary


“My family and I moved from the States to Switzerland this year, where I’ve taken on a position at a local independent school.  Like everyone, we’ve been largely housebound due to the coronavirus pandemic.  I would recommend this experience to anyone.  It was unique, and the personalities of the museum staff really made it enjoyable.  I will note that my whole family loved it – me, my wife and our three kids.”

“Many thanks for today’s robot tour. Loved the Sutherland. Wonderful gallery space you have there. Until the next tour…”

“The Robot tour was very interesting, it made for a nice break in these lockdown times.”

“Thank you for the great robot tour … and the opportunity to try out new ways to visit a gallery.”

“Thank you for the virtual tour today. It was lovely and also a helpful reminder that all clouds have silver linings eventually.”


Hastings Contemporary will initially be offering three public tours a week.

The tours will last approximately 30 mins and will be free.

Please use the button below to see available spaces. New dates are added weekly.

With special thanks to Esther Fox, Hastings Contemporary Trustee and researcher on the D4D project as part of her role as Head of the Accentuate Programme, and Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor for Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies at the Bristol Robotics Lab.

The D4D project explores the ways in which disabled people experience and express community and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Accentuate is based within the organisation Screen South and delivers groundbreaking opportunities for D/deaf and disabled people across the Cultural Sector.

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