Hastings Contemporary is an independent charity exploring all forms of modern and contemporary art
Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. An ambitious exhibitions programme includes work by important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists, and emerging practitioners. Since it opened (as Jerwood Gallery) eight years ago, the gallery has developed a reputation for its focus on painting and on Modern British art. Hastings Contemporary displays a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions.
Built among the iconic net huts of Hastings Stade (Saxon for ‘landing place’), the gallery looks out over Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet and an ever-changing view of sea and sky.
The gallery was designed by HAT Projects and completed in 2012. A sensitive response to its context of the fishing beach, listed net huts and medieval Old Town, the building has won several architectural awards, including a RIBA National Award, Civic Trust Award, and Sussex Heritage Trust Award, and reached the mid list for the Stirling Prize.
In addition to its exhibitons programme, Hastings Contemporary hosts talks, workshops, community events and live music.
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We are a small, ambitious team working across Learning, Development, Communications, Marketing, Curation, Front of House, Membership, Public Programming and Retail. We are currently working with a reduced team. We are:
Liz Gilmore, Director
Kim Kish, Director of Operations
Anna McCrickard, Commercial & Events Manager
Rowan Bunney, Visitor Services Manager
Suzy Trevethan, Visitor Services & Membership Coordinator
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Quentin Blake, Artist Patron
“I am constantly distracted by Hastings in the most enjoyable way” – Sir Quentin Blake
We are honoured that Sir Quentin Blake is the first Artist Patron of Hastings Contemporary.
Universally regarded as one of the world’s greatest artists and illustrators, Blake has a long association with Hastings (his house in Hastings Old Town is only a short hop from the gallery) and he has been a high-profile supporter of Hastings Contemporary ever since it first opened to the public in 2012 as Jerwood Gallery.
Of first coming to Hastings, Blake has said: “It’s medieval practically – I’ve come to love it … over the years I’ve illustrated books there and it’s got more interesting over time, with the arrival of the Hastings Storytelling Festival and Hastings Contemporary”.
The sea is a constant presence in Blake’s work, and as his very own seaside home-from-home, Hastings Contemporary has created dedicated space for showing Quentin Blake’s artwork that can be enjoyed all year round as part of the gallery’s diverse exhibitions programme, with several new, bespoke shows of his work opening each year. Previous shows have included Moonlight Travellers, Dedicated Readers, Feet in Water, Airborne, The Only Way to Travel, and We Live in Worrying Times.
For Sir Quentin, collaborating with Hastings Contemporary has opened up new possibilities in his work, prompting him to explore new approaches and themes – such as migration, mental health, and other aspects of our lives – in the knowledge that the results will find themselves “sympathetically shown in this extraordinary gallery … They are truly pictures for Hastings Contemporary.”
Hastings Contemporary’s vibrant volunteer team supports the gallery in its roles as a cultural hub for Hastings and as a key member of the South East’s network of coastal galleries. We believe that the mutual exchange of time and skills benefits both gallery and volunteers.
Our volunteers play a vital role in the gallery’s daily operations, helping to ensure a positive and welcoming environment for our visitors, facilitating visitor engagement with our exhibitions and learning programmes, and helping our visitors to feel at home in the gallery space. In turn, they develop experience and knowledge through playing their part in the Hastings Contemporary team.
If you are interested in art, learning, sharing knowledge on our exhibitions, or gaining experience in a gallery setting, volunteering at Hastings Contemporary could be for you. Roles include Gallery Steward, Learning and Education Assistant, and Tour Guide.
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Hastings Contemporary’s Gallery Stewards work with the Visitor Services Manager and the Front of House team to deliver a positive and engaging experience of Hastings Contemporary to all of our visitors and Members.
To find out more and apply, download the Gallery Steward application form here.
LEARNING AND EDUCATION ASSISTANT
Our Learning and Education volunteers support the Learning Manager and Artist Educators in delivering an educational experience for young people and children, through our successful learning programme.
To find out more and apply, download the Learning and Education Assistant application form here.
Our volunteer tour guides work individually and in groups during the run-up to an exhibition opening to deliver customised tours to groups of up to 15 visitors. This is a rewarding role that not only develops deeper understanding of our exhibitions but also educates our visitors and members, often inspiring creative conversations.
To find out more and apply, download the Tour Guide application form here.
Image L: ©Lens & Pixel. Image M: ©Lens & Pixel. Image R: Hastings Contemporary
If you’d like to find out more about the existing roles, or you’re not sure what you’d like to do but you’d like to get involved, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Visitor Services Manager, who can help you come to a decision.
For more information about volunteering, please contact our Visitor Services Manager Rowan Bunney on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to connecting with you.
We rely on ticket sales to keep going, so please consider a donation to help us continue to inspire our local and creative communities.
All donations are gratefully received. Thank you.
Hastings Contemporary membership starts at £27
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