“I am constantly distracted by Hastings in the most enjoyable way” – Sir Quentin Blake

We are honoured that Sir Quentin Blake is the first Artist Patron of Hastings Contemporary.

Sir Quentin has had a long association with Hastings and has been a high-profile supporter of Hastings Contemporary since it first opened to the public in 2012 as Jerwood Gallery. Of Hastings, Sir Quentin 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”.

Each year Hastings Contemporary presents a running programme of new work created by Sir Quentin especially for our exhibition spaces. Previous exhibitions have included Moonlight Travellers, Dedicated Readers, Feet in Water, Airborne, and The Only Way to Travel, the artist’s biggest ever UK show, bringing 100 pieces to our ground floor gallery space.

For Sir Quentin, his ongoing collaboration with Hastings Contemporary has opened up new possibilities, prompting him to explore new approaches and themes including 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.” 

Quentin Blake Originals

Visit our online shop to browse original paintings, drawings and limited edition prints by Sir Quentin Blake, exclusively available at Hastings Contemporary.

For all other sales enquiries, including international customers, please email rowan@hastingscontemporary.org