In a UK first, Hastings Contemporary, an independent charitable arts organisation on England’s south coast, has teamed up with the D4D project, Accentuate UK and Bristol Robotics Lab to offer its members and audiences the opportunity to continue to visit…
A Personal Message from Our Director, Liz Gilmore
Hastings Contemporary has closed its doors to the public until further notice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and visitors and to help – as part of a national effort – to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are not alone: this is an unprecedented moment for the arts in the UK and every other gallery, museum and arts venue in the country.
My team and I would like to thank you all for the messages of support we have received. I know from your messages that you will miss being able to visit Hastings Contemporary, not just to see our exhibitions and take part in our events, but also to seek respite and renewal in our peaceful, quiet building, or to look out over our views across The Stade. And I know that the gallery will certainly miss the daily stream of visitors lingering over its walls, provoking conversation, openness, and curiosity.
At Hastings Contemporary we have always been deeply committed to harnessing the power of art and creativity to inspire change. Every time we experience a work of art we see the world and ourselves that little bit differently. Art is nothing if it does not inspire us.
We want to continue to be able to inspire you, harnessing the power of art to create a space in your day where you can feel powerful, energised and most yourself.
We are moving quickly and proactively to turn our gallery walls inside out and in the coming days and weeks we will be bringing you the best of what Hastings Contemporary has to offer without you having to leave your home. Not only will we be sharing images, video content, interviews and information from our past, current and future exhibitions, but we’ll also be expanding the very limits of what it means to be an art gallery in 2020.
As some of you may have seen on the BBC news, in a UK first our visitors will be able to go on robot-assisted tours of our current exhibitions, Anne Ryan: Earthly Delites, and The Age of Turmoil. We’ve also been developing a new online hub of art and mindfulness resources, formulated especially to be used where we felt they were needed most right now – for the children of frontline and key workers. Our Artist Patron, Sir Quentin Blake, is posting a new drawing every day on our Instagram, inspiring others to do the same. We’ve built our very own online shop, and have a large variety of Quentin Blake originals for sale. And there will also be virtual galleries, livestreams, still life drawing workshops, and more, as part of an ever-burgeoning digital offer.
Barriers to accessing art are huge in many places in the cultural sector, and far precede this health crisis, and I’m proud to say that Hastings Contemporary has very worked hard, since its inception, to be disability-friendly and accessible to all. Everyone can and should have the chance to experience art without walls or barriers, and we hope to be one of a cohort of independent galleries who will lead the charge to a more resilient, inclusive future. To that aim, we are working hard to ensure that we provide the best online resources we can, to pioneer new means of cultural participation, and to develop innovative new projects that will provide further work and opportunities for the many artists, educators, and local businesses who we support.
We hope that you will join us on our journey by signing up to our newsletter and keeping up-to-date with all our future digital programming announcements on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Vimeo – every comment, every like, every follow, every conversation and donation will help us. By supporting our work you are not only supporting the gallery, you are helping support many artists across Hastings and further whose interests we represent and advocate for at a national level.
Want to help further? Then please consider a small donation to Hastings Contemporary while our doors remain closed. We rely on ticket sales to keep going, so every small gift will help us during this difficult time. Text ARTONSEA to 70085 to donate £3, or please consider donating a larger amount via the link below.
I encourage all of you to read and follow the latest NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For more up to date information from the government, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Director, Hastings Contemporary
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Hastings Contemporary celebrates the best in modern and contemporary art in an award-winning building. Situated just a few steps from the pebbled beach, the gallery overlooks the largest fishing fleet in Europe, where you can see the town’s fishermen at work.
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