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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 email@example.com …
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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Did you know that Hastings Contemporary was designed as a beautiful contemporary civic building in keeping with its historic surroundings?
Clad in 8,000 hand-glazed black ceramic tiles which refract and reflect the changing seaside light, the gallery’s form is simple but carefully calibrated. It is broadly structured with a relatively inward-looking ground floor around a small internal courtyard, and a more outward facing first floor recalling the ‘piano nobile’ arrangement of a palazzo or villa.
The use of black glazed mathematical tiles on Lavender House, next to East Cliff House, was one of the leads behind the development of the glazed cladding for the Gallery.
Robus Ceramics, the Kent- based workshop that produced the replacement mathematical tiles ...
This week’s #CommunityShoutout goes to Janey and The Craftimation Factory @janeymoffatt
Janey and textile artist Jimena Pardo @pardo8915 are currently involved in Stitch For Change: The Pandemic Patchwork Stories project.
Stitch For Change is a textiles and embroidery project hosted by @rossanaleal1, the founder of The Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, in response to the current public health crisis. It aims to promote the meditative benefits of hand stitching and to provide a method of connection during a time of isolation and separation.
The project creates an online space for people to come together and find a collective voice; this is made possible through weekly Zoom sessions on Friday afternoons and regular sharing via the dedicated Facebook group.
We were delighted to hear the government announcement on 23rd of June that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen from 4th of July.
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the gallery as soon as it is safe to do so.
We continue to follow current guidance and will put in place measures that will ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, allowing them to enjoy a COVID-secure, safe and enjoyable visit, with brand new exhibitions.
We hope to announce our reopening date shortly, so please continue to follow us on social media for Hastings Contemporary news and updates.
In the meantime, our online shop remains open with original artworks by Quentin Blake available to purchase and you can book one of our popular robot tours.
Membership is a great way to support the gallery’s important work. Join as an individual, a couple, or bring a friend with Plus One. You can even buy membership as a gift.
Membership starts from £27 a year for Hastings & St Leonards residents.
New memberships will start from the date our Gallery reopens, so you will get a full year of benefits including unlimited entry for 12 months, 10% off in the gallery cafe, 10% off selected shop stock, discounts on selected talks, workshops and events and more.
Find out more: hastingscontemporary.org/support/ or via link in bio.
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In October 2018, Hastings Contemporary launched its first major young people’s programme called ‘Young Artists’. Originally funded by the Hastings Opportunity Area Programme, this series works with young people aged 10 and 11 outside of school.
Hastings Contemporary offers young people the opportunity to make the gallery their creative home. The group is a safe space for young people to develop self-confidence, discipline and creativity.
Visit www.hastingscontemporary.org/learning-participation to find out more about our Learning and Participation programme.
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BLACK LIVES MATTER
A statement from Hastings Contemporary
It should not have taken the events of the last few weeks to focus a spotlight on racism, but the deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of police, and the subsequent protests, serve as a wake-up call to us all.
It is important that Hastings Contemporary’s response is more than an expression of solidarity: it must also be a meaningful commitment to self-examination, dialogue, progress and change.
We understand that meaningful change must involve us as individuals, as a team of colleagues, and our relationships with the individuals and institutions with whom we work. Hastings Contemporary is fortunate to be supported by Arts Council England @aceagrams and to be part of CVAN South East ...
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.