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:

Liz Gilmore, Director
Lis Long, Director of Operations
Liz Dart, Head of Partnerships & Engagement (Maternity Cover)
Rebecca Drew, Operations Manager
Ioannis Ioannou, Communications Manager
Suzy Trevethan, Audience Development Manager
Agnieszka Dolata, Visitor Services Manager
Beatrice Tailby Hardstaff, Public Programmes Assistant
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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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. 

Hastings Contemporary’s volunteers work with the Volunteer Coordinator, the Visitor Services Manager, the Audience Development Manager and the Front of House team to deliver a positive and engaging experience of Hastings Contemporary to all our visitors and members.

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

For more information about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Molly Barrett at

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Family Host

This summer we will be offering reduced price entry to families every Wednesday and delivering extra activities to make Hastings Contemporary the best family day out in Hastings.  Volunteers are a crucial part of the Hastings Contemporary Team and as part of our summer offer, we would like to pilot family volunteering.  We are looking for family groups to become volunteer hosts on our family days to help welcome other families to the gallery and encourage them to make the most of their visit. 

To find out more and apply, download the Family Host application form here.

For more information about volunteering join us on Friday 22 July 6-8pm for Family Volunteer Information Evening or please contact us at

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Family Day Assistant

Hastings Contemporary is seeking enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join our vibrant ream as Learning Assistants, supporting us in our work as a cultural hub in Hastings, and playing a key role in the network of coastal galleries across the South East.

This summer we are looking for volunteers to join our team as hosts to families and young people, welcoming them into the gallery and supporting them to get most out of their visit. Working with our team and artist facilitators, we would love for you to get involved with the different activities within the gallery, encouraging families to have a go at drawing, reading, listening, dancing, dressing up and more.

You will ensure fun and friendly environment but at the same time keeping the gallery and its exhibitions safe as well as providing information about the gallery, its exhibitions and facilities.

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills in a cultural environment. You will work with the Front of House and Engagement teams to provide positive and engaging experience of Hastings Contemporary to all our visitors.

To find out more and apply, download the Family Day Assistant application form here

For more information about volunteering, please contact us at

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