Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm. Unless you are a Hastings Contemporary member, we strongly recommend booking your tickets before arriving at the gallery.
Gallery capacity is currently limited and we strongly recommend booking in advance.
Following the UK Government’s latest announcement regarding the official lifting of COVID-19 legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021, Hastings Contemporary continues to be committed to prioritising the safety of our staff, freelancers, volunteers and visitors.
Like many other galleries and visitor attractions, we’ve been working hard throughout the pandemic to ensure that everyone feels safe and comfortable when working with and visiting us and we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support in this regard. We are mindful that some colleagues may feel apprehensive about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions from Monday, however we want to give assurances that we will continue to exercise additional caution and maintain core COVID-19 safety measures in accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).
Parts of our building have small, enclosed spaces and this makes retaining some of our safety measures inside our building even more important. Recent visitor sentiment research, commissioned by ALVA shows that a significant majority (75%) of the visitor-attraction-going UK public are not yet ready for social distancing and other measures to be removed or eased. We’re also listening to feedback from our staff, volunteers and visitors, who tell us they would feel more comfortable if some safety measures remain.
From 19 July, we will:
• Continue to operate at reduced capacity in order to avoid large crowds
• Advise visitors to book their tickets online in advance. This enables us to safely manage hourly capacity, especially during the busy summer season.
• Encourage visitors to wear a face covering indoors unless exempt. Our staff and volunteers will also continue to wear appropriate PPE, including face coverings.
• Encourage visitors to maintain social distancing where they can and be mindful of others health and safety.
• Continue our enhanced cleaning regime and encourage the use of hand sanitiser.
• Maintain Perspex screens at payment points and encourage the use of card or contactless payments to avoid the handling of cash.
Hastings Contemporary Members
Disabled, Further Education Students, Unemployed (proof required)
Free entry to carers supporting disabled visitors
Children (16 and under)
Up to four children go free with any adult ticket
Hastings Borough Council Residents (TN34, TN35, TN37, TN38)
Please bring proof of address.
Adult £9.00* / £8.00
Senior (60+) £8.00* / £7.00
Art Fund Members
£4.50* / £4.00
*Gift Aid: the ticket price includes a voluntary donation, which enables Hastings Contemporary to claim Gift Aid on the whole amount
Hastings TN34 3DW
Visit our page on Good Journey to plan your car-free journey to Hastings Contemporary.
Our nearest car parks are Rock-a-Nore Road, The Bourne and Pelham Place. For more information about local car parks and parking tariffs, see Hastings Borough Council’s website
There is a taxi rank at Hastings station. The five-minute journey to the gallery costs about £5. To book taxis from the gallery, please ask staff at the front desk for assistance.
Southeastern operate frequent trains to and from Hastings with the journey taking under two hours from central London. Hastings Contemporary is a short 15 minute walk from the station.
Southeastern offer a variety of ticket options and fares to suit your travel needs.
Gallery admission is free for up to four children per adult ticket.
Baby changing facilities are located on the first floor.
Ask a member of staff about buggy storage.
We are a Breastfeeding Friendly venue.
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Hastings Contemporary strives to champion equality for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people, ensuring that they have equal access to our work, services and physical spaces.
There is a lift between the ground and first floor spaces and an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
Two wheelchairs are available – please let us know when you book your visit if you would like to use one.
Lightweight portable stools are available.
Large print labels are available – please ask at the front desk.
We are a Dementia Friendly venue.
Assistance dogs are welcome. We are sorry, but other dogs are not allowed in the gallery.
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Education Futures Trust is excited to be partnering with Hastings Contemporary to open ‘The Drift’, a community café encapsulating ‘the art of community’.
The Drift will provide a safe working environment for adults and young people who, with the support of Education Futures Trust staff, will learn new skills, gain valuable experience, and unlock their potential.
As part of a commitment to minimising food waste, The Drift will use FareShare products to provide daily specials.
This new and ground-breaking partnership will start small and gradually build to provide a full menu. To start with, gallery members and visitors will be able to choose from a menu including quality coffee, handmade cakes, and a range of savoury light bites.
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You don’t have to be visiting the gallery to browse our shop.
We are the only specialist art bookshop in Hastings, stocking a good selection of books relating to the history of Modern British and contemporary art, art theory, and guides for personal artistic practice, as well as children’s books. We also stock exhibition catalogues, exclusive locally-made items and a selection of design-led homewares, gifts and accessories. New stock is added regularly.
We also have original artworks by Sir Quentin Blake for sale exclusively via our online shop.
All shop profits help to support Hastings Contemporary.
View our returns policy here.
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