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. Since opening (as Jerwood Gallery) eight years ago, the gallery has developed a reputation for its focus on painting and on Modern British art. 

Situated among the net huts of Hastings Stade (Saxon for ‘landing place’), the gallery looks out over Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet.

The gallery building was designed by HAT Projects and 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.

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The Team

We are currently working with a reduced team. We are:

Liz Gilmore, Director
Lis Long, Director of Operations
Ian Roberts, Director of Communications
Rowan Bunney, Visitor Services Manager
Suzy Trevethan, Visitor Services & Membership Coordinator

Contact us on:
+44(0)1424 728377

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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 to have Sir Quentin Blake as our Artist Patron.

One of the world’s greatest artists and illustrators, Sir Quentin 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 supporter of Hastings Contemporary since it first opened in 2012 as Jerwood Gallery.

Of first coming to Hastings, he 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 Sir Quentin’s work and, as his very own seaside home-from-home, Hastings Contemporary shows new and exclusive Quentin Blake exhibitions every year. Shows have included Moonlight Travellers, Dedicated Readers, Feet in Water, Airborne, The Only Way to Travel and We Live in Worrying Times.

Collaboration with Hastings Contemporary has opened up new possibilities for Sir Quentin prompting him to explore new approaches and new themes – such as migration and mental health – 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.


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

Current Vacancies

We have no current vacancies at Hastings Contemporary


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