The Gallery

Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. An ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions includes work by important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists, and emerging practitioners. Hastings Contemporary has developed a reputation for its focus on painting and on Modern British art. The gallery sits among Hastings’s famous net huts, overlooking the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe.

Designed by HAT Projects, the building has won several architectural awards, including a RIBA National Award, a Civic Trust Award and a Sussex Heritage Trust Award, and reached the mid list for the Stirling Prize.

The Team

We are:

Board of Trustees:
David Pennock – Chair
Peter Chowney 
Andrew Corbett-Nolan
Richard East 
Esther Fox 
Dr Deborah Ghate 
Sarah Hopwood 
Nicholas Maclean 
Patricia Millett 
Joni O’Sullivan 
Ronke Phillips-Pakenham

Liz Gilmore, Director
Lis Long, Director of Operations
Leah Cross, Head of Partnerships & Engagement
Leah Swain, Head of Development
Rebecca Drew, Operations Manager
Ioannis Ioannou, Communications Manager
Suzy Trevethan, Audience Development Manager
Agnieszka Dolata, Visitor Services and Retail Manager
Beatrice Tailby Hardstaff, Public Programme Producer
Molly Barrett, Volunteer Coordinator
Louisa O’Shaughnessy, Learning Coordinator
and the Front of House Team

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Contact us on:
+44(0)1424 728377

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Our volunteers help us to create a positive and welcoming environment so that our visitors feel comfortable in the gallery spaces. They also support our exhibitions and learning programmes, and play a key role in day-to-day operation of the gallery.

If you are interested in art, learning, or gaining experience in a gallery setting, then volunteering at Hastings Contemporary could be for you.  Volunteers receive a 20% discount in the shop, and exhibition introduction talks by artists/curators/the gallery director at the start of every exhibition.

The main point of contact for our volunteers is our Volunteer Coordinator Molly Barrett, but they also work with the Visitor Services Manager, Audience Development Manager, Head of Partnerships and Engagement and her team and, of course, the Front of House team.

To find out more and apply, download the Volunteer Gallery Steward application form here.

If you’d like a chat with Molly first, please contact her via

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