Emotional Spaces: Mixed Media Abstract & Semi-Figurative Painting

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  • Friday 11 Nov 2022 for five weeks, 1.30 – 4pm
  • £125 standard/£100 students & unemployed

This fun and experimental class led by Dagmara Rudkin will use work from our exhibitions as a starting point trying different approaches to 2D and 3D mixed media techniques to develop a series of work. Basic materials will be supplied and you will also be provided with a suggested materials list. Suitable for 18+, all abilities

Printmaking Weekend Course

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  • Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 Nov, 11am – 4pm
  • £100 standard/£80 students & unemployed

Guided by artist Lindsay Connors, you will have access to printmaking tools and equipment to explore a range of printmaking techniques and produce your own collection of prints. Suitable for 18+, beginners & intermediates

Watercolour Landscape

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  • Friday 4 Nov for three weeks, 11am – 1pm
  • £75 standard/£60 students & unemployed

Working with artist Daisy Clarke, you will use the Caragh Thuring exhibition and the beach and fishing landscapes surrounding the gallery to inspire your own watercolour landscape. Basic materials will be supplied and you will also be provided with a suggested materials list. Suitable for 18+, all abilities.

Art and Mindfulness

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  • Friday 20 Jan 2023 for four weeks, 2 – 4.30pm
  • £100 standard/£80 students & unemployed

Combine mindfulness and art techniques to build awareness in the present moment through painting and drawing from your imagination. Guided by artist Ivilina Kouneva, you will explore how artists interpret reality. You will ‘warm’ your imagination and build your confidence. Suitable for people 18+ who want to become absorbed in artistic and imaginative flow. Basic materials will be supplied and you will also be provided with a suggested materials list.

Contemporary Drawing

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  • Friday 13 Jan 2023 for eight weeks (no class on 17 Feb), 11am – 1.30pm
  • £200/£160 students & unemployed

This course is designed to enable individuals with basic drawing skills to expand and improve their practice. Led by artist Lesley Greening Lassoff, you will experiment with traditional and unconventional techniques, tackle uncertainty in handling materials, and build confidence to experiment and take risks. Suitable for 18+

Sip and Draw

These events are being run by Education Futures Trust (EFT). Please book here!

  • Wednesday 12 Oct & second Wed of every month thereafter, 7.30-9.30pm
  • £12 per session

A relaxing evening of life drawing with our friends in the Drift Cafe. These artist-led sessions with nude and semi-nude models are suitable for all abilities but strictly for over 18s only. Basic materials supplied but you are welcome to bring your own. Soft & alcoholic drinks may be purchased from the bar.

Creative Writing Session – Cloud falls in love with mortal

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  • Friday 4 Nov, 2 – 4.30pm
  • £20 standard/students & unemployed £16

Get a new perspective on ‘Cloud falls in love with mortal’ with award-winning author and playwright Jill Hucklesby. Using verbal story-building exercises, find your creative voice and produce prose, poetry, haiku, lyrics, graphic storyboards or dramatic monologue/duologue to share with the group. Suitable for 18+, all abilities

Looking, thinking, making in Contemporary Art Practice with ESCG

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  • 13 October – 22 December 2022
  • 5 January – 16 March 2023
  • 20 April – 29 June 2023
  • Thursdays 10am – 1pm
  • £195 per course

Join us for this open and friendly practical class where we will take a critical and creative look at the exhibitions in the Hastings Contemporary gallery. We’ll look more closely at the work, the building, and location, and use them as a springboard for exploring contemporary art practice.


SPRATS: babies’ sensory sessions (0-18 months)

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Sprats will have their own special time once a month when we open early for them. Reserved for pre-walkers to explore their senses and begin a lifelong creative journey. It could get messy – bring a change of clothes!

RAYS: toddlers’ art session (18 months – 2 years)

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An introduction to art for pre-school walkers and their carers. An opportunity for toddlers to explore a different part of the gallery each month, along with a messy activity in our studio.

BRILL: 5 – 7s art club

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  • Wed 2 Nov for five weeks, 4.15-5.15pm
  • £50 for five weeks

Kids will be introduced to fun themes from current exhibitions and guided through the process of creating artworks to take home. Due to the capacity of our studio, it’s not possible for parents & carers to stay with children, but don’t worry – as well as being an artist, facilitator Cathy is a fully qualified teacher with decades of experience.

HERRINGS: 8 – 11s art club

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  • Thu 3 Nov for five weeks, 4.15 – 5.15pm
  • £60 for five weeks

Every budding artist needs a sketch book! Catherine will show kids how to make their own pocket-sized books to record and develop ideas in. They will learn new techniques and use new to make their own work, inspired by our exhibitions.


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  • Starting Wed 12 Oct, every second Wed of the month for six months
  • 6-7:45pm
  • £50 standard/£30 local residents

For 11-16 year-olds interested in the visual arts and looking for opportunities to develop their skills. Meeting monthly, you will take part in artist-led masterclasses, find out about career paths in the creative sector, and prepare for your next steps as an artist.


Including the return of our hugely popular Family Fun Wednesdays and some new workshops on Saturdays. Check here regularly and follow us on social media for updates and additional events.

Family Wednesdays

  • Weds 26 Oct & 21 Dec 2022 and 15 Feb 2023, all day (11am – 5pm)
  • Gallery admission prices apply – members go free!

Spend the day enjoying activities that also help you explore our exhibitions. In October we’ll be marking Big Draw month, December will be festive, and in February we’ll focus on Cloud falls in love with mortal.

Winter Mantelpiece Decoration

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  • Sat 3 December, 11am – 1.30pm
  • £15 (one adult & up to two children)

Inspired by the Hastings net huts and local winter flora, you will use printmaking and mixed media techniques to create surfaces which you’ll combine into an experimental concertina structure to decorate your Christmas mantelpiece (or windowsill!)


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  • Sat 21 January 2023, 11am-1.30pm
  • £15 (one adult & up to two children)

Explore the collision of natural and manufactured worlds that you see in Caragh Thuring’s work – volcanoes, submarines, bricks, people and plants. From our windows you’ll see a similar mash-up of the manufactured and the natural jostling together. In this workshop you will draw, paint, and print to create your own fantastic mash-up art.


Exhibition Tour with Performance Artist Lise Boucon

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  • Thursday 24 November, 7:30 – 9pm
  • £15 standard / £12 student/unwaged

In this unique, singular and lively tour Lise Boucon will guide you through a gestural and sensory exploration. Using a series of simple rules and instructions, you will be invited to embody some of the works. Frames, colours, themes, words and images will inspire you to move your body and express the impressions and feelings the work creates within you. Suitable for 8+

Christmas Wreath Making

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  • Saturday 10 December, 11am – 1:30pm
  • £45

Create your own unique Christmas wreath for your door with artist Alexandra Zotova. Suitable for 16+

Caragh Thuring in Conversation

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  • Thursday 19 January, 7 – 9pm
  • £12 standard, £10 student / unemployed, £8 members

Artist Caragh Thuring will discuss her practice, career and current exhibition at Hastings Contemporary with director Liz Gilmore.