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Sir Quentin Blake returns to Hastings Contemporary with a prophetic show of new drawings, paintings, and a large-scale mural he has described as ‘his Guernica’, as raw, original and unlikely as anything he has produced in his eight decades of artistic creativity.
We have been delighted at 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. To book a place on a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org …
Did you know that Hastings is home to the UK’s largest beach-launched fleet and fishing community?
The eastern end of Hastings is home to the much-photographed Old Town, where its shingle beach, known locally as The Stade (the Old Saxon term meaning ‘landing place’) is enduringly popular with tourists.
The beach has a steep shingle bank from where the 28 inshore fishing boats are launched and hauled out again (not an easy task), with the help of the many old rusty bulldozers and tractors that are parked between stacks of netting and pots.
The Stade has a preservation order on it, and the Hastings fishery is endorsed by the Marine Stewardship Council.
You can also buy freshly caught fish and ...
Did you know that our online shop is now open? Visit shop.hastingscontemporary.org and browse our collections for a great selection of artwork and design-led homewares, gifts, and accessories.
We are also delighted to offer for sale a series of original drawings by Sir Quentin Blake made to coincide with “We Live In Worrying Times” exhibition.
When you shop with us 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these works will support the gallery during the current public health crisis and beyond to help us continue the work we do.
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This #ThrowbackThursday we are going back to Spring 2015 and Ibrahim El-Salahi's exhibition Haraza.
This one-room display of works by Ibrahim El-Salahi was the first public gallery exhibition in the UK since his major show at Tate Modern in 2013. The exhibition reflected his fascination with the Haraza tree, native to Sudan, which has peculiar and inspirational characteristics.
The series inspired by the Haraza tree was an ongoing investigation of the tree / body metaphor, a link between heaven and earth, creator and created.
Speaking about when the tree blooms, El-Salahi said: ‘This is a definitive statement. Like saying ‘I am me! I am an individual! I do not follow what everyone is doing! When everyone is going to be green, let them be green. I am ...
We are celebrating our one year anniversary as Hastings Contemporary and we look fondly on that day of celebration in 2019 which marked the start of our exciting journey as an independent gallery.
Since our re-launch our exhibitions featured esteemed artists including Sir Quentin Blake, Roy Oxlade & David Bomberg, Tal R, Victor Willing, Edward Burra, Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Anna Brass, Frances Burden, Andrew Child, Freya Guest, Xiao-Yang Li, Aimee Parrott, Ross Taylor and Rebecca Truscott-Elves and Anne Ryan.
Having had to temporarily close our doors in March in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we pioneered new means of continued engagement with our visitors old and new via our Robot Tours, and proudly launched our first ever online exhibition and virtual ...
Did you know that sustainability has been embedded in the principle design of Hastings Contemporary?
All the galleries are naturally lit (with optional blackout in selected spaces) and the building is almost all naturally ventilated, with the exception of the collection galleries, where the air-conditioning is driven entirely through ground source cooling.
Solar thermal panels provide most of the hot water for the building, and rainwater is collected and recycled for use in the toilets.
The Foreshore Gallery’s air is drawn through underground ducts from the courtyard through grilles in the floor and extracted through automatically operating mechanical louvres in the rooflight lanterns. A mechanical supply and extract system is also provided for situations of ...
It’s #throwbackthursday and today we are going back to Summer 2018 and Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham’s Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice exhibition. @barnsgraham
The exhibition was supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust and explored Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s faithful depiction of landscape and inherent understanding of nature through four decades of her work.
Even as a child, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) had determined to become an artist. In defiance of her father’s wishes, she enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art in 1931, graduating six years later (following bouts of illness) and then moved to Cornwall.
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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 beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, where you can see the town’s fishermen at work.