Hastings Contemporary

Situated on the dramatic seafront of Europe’s oldest fishing beach, Hastings Contemporary – formerly the Jerwood Gallery – champions modern and contemporary art with a bold and ambitious exhibition programme, showing works by historically important and internationally renowned artists, and emerging practitioners, as well as exploring the rich cultural history of artists from the South East. While embracing all forms of art, the gallery has built a strong reputation for its focus on painting and Modern British art.

The building 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 gallery has received a number of architectural awards including a RIBA National Award, Civic Trust Award, Sussex Heritage Trust Award and reached the mid list for the Stirling Prize.

Hastings Contemporary hosts several exhibitions a year, plus an exciting array of talks, workshops, community events and live music.

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The Team

We are a small but ambitious team working across Learning, Development, Communications, Marketing, Curation, Front of House, Membership, Public Programming and Retail. We are:

Liz Gilmore, Director
Kim Kish, Director of Operations
Victoria Howarth, Curator
Anna McCrickard, Commercial & Events Manager
John Murray, Learning Manager
Will Barrett, Communications & Marketing Manager
Rowan Bunney, Visitor Services Manager
Suzy Trevethan, Visitor Services & Membership Coordinator

Contact us on:
+44(0)1424 728377

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1066 Country

Find a cosy country pub with an open fire in winter. Taste a pint, or two, of the local brew. Enjoy a plate of scallops from Rye Bay or some salty Romney Marsh lamb. Relax on a terrace overlooking the seafront in summer, gulls crying overhead, the light dazzling the water. Seek out the quirky and the off-beat shops in the winding cobbled streets, pick up a souvenir to remember the moment.

We are proud to be a part of 1066 Country – there is much to discover.

Walk along the beach and have a cup of tea, your fish and chips warm in your hands, the fresh air on your face. Take in a vineyard tour, taste some sparkling wine from the very land you’re standing on, check out the local produce in the craft breweries and farm shops.

It’s our chefs and shopkeepers, our farmers and fishermen, our winemakers and brewers, our bakers and basketmakers who make the difference here. Their craft makes the products of our land and sea legendary.

Set at the foot of the country park, Hastings has a diverse offering for traditional fishing fleet, seaside resort, winding Old Town and a creative outpost. An alternative art and music scene that draws attention from far corners of the country.

We are proudly Hastings.


Hastings Contemporary’s vibrant volunteer team supports the gallery in its roles as a cultural hub for Hastings and as a key part 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.


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.


Volunteer tour guides work individually and as a group on the lead up to an exhibition opening to deliver bespoke group tour to up to up to 15 visitors. This is a rewarding role that not only develops deeper insight and understanding of our exhibitions programme, but also educates our visitors and Members, usually sparking creative conversation.

To find out more and apply, download the Tour Guide application form here.

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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 rowan@hastingscontemporary.org

We look forward to connecting with you.


Vacancy: Exhibitions Curator

Hastings Contemporary is looking for a new Exhibitions Curator to play a major part in shaping our artistic vision and ensuring the distinctive profile reputation and success of the organisation continues to grow regionally, nationally and internationally. This role will support the Director, who acts as the chief curator, in researching and developing all elements of the curatorial programme and installation of twelve temporary exhibitions per year.

A full job description for this role can be found here.

The Equal Opportunities form can be found here.

This is a full time, permanent role with the core hours Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm but with the flexibility to work weekends, evenings and bank holidays when required.

To apply:  Please send a cover letter and CV detailing your relevant experience, skills, and knowledge you possess that make you suitable for this post. You will need to demonstrate that you meet the requirements outlined in the job specification. 

Please send this information and a separate email with the Equal Opportunities form to: kim@hastingscontemporary.org or Hastings Contemporary, Kim Kish, Rock a Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW

Deadline: 9am, 30 March

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