“I am constantly distracted by Hastings in the most enjoyable way”

Quentin Blake

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

Universally regarded as one of the world’s greatest artists and illustrators, Blake 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 high-profile supporter of Hastings Contemporary ever since it first opened to the public in 2012 as Jerwood Gallery.

Of first coming to Hastings, Blake 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 Blake’s work, and as his very own seaside home-from-home, Hastings Contemporary has created dedicated space for showing Quentin Blake’s artwork that can be enjoyed all year round as part of the gallery’s diverse exhibitions programme, with several new, bespoke shows of his work opening each year. Previous shows 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, collaborating with Hastings Contemporary has opened up new possibilities in his work, prompting him to explore new approaches and themes – such as migration, mental health, and other aspects of our lives – 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

We frequently have original paintings, drawings and limited edition prints by Sir Quentin available for purchase, generously gifted to the gallery by the artist. Proceeds help fund the gallery’s exhibitions and Learning & Participation programmes.

Currently available are a wonderful piece from The Moonlight Travellers watercolour series, revisited by the artist in late 2019 to accompany the release of Thames & Hudson’s large-format, signed Collector’s Edition of this literary and artistic meditation by Quentin and Will Self; plus four works from 2019’s Night Thoughts series.

Moonlight Travellers EXJ3/50

Pen, ink & watercolour on watercolour paper, 2019, 770 x 570 mm, signed by the artist, unframed, £2500

Sales enquiries to anna@hastingscontemporary.org

Night Thoughts series: LP200_019, 021, 022, 024

Watercolour marker on watercolour paper, 2019, 370 x 310mm, signed by the artist, unframed, £550





Sales enquiries to anna@hastingscontemporary.org

The World of Hats: Owl Hat by Moonlight

Signed, limited edition giclee print from an original artwork for The World of Hats exhibition at Hastings Contemporary (previously Jerwood Gallery), 2018-19.

Printed on 330gsm cotton Somerset paper with hand-deckled edges. Presented in a hardback black portfolio, screen printed with Quentin’s iconic signature (portfolio dimensions 40 x 50 cm).

Print dimensions 30 x 42cm,

Limited Edition of 100

Price: £150 inclusive of VAT

Sales enquiries to anna@hastingscontemporary.org

Box of four limited edition giclee prints from original pen, ink & watercolour artworks from the Chance Encounters and Riders by Night series, 2019, published by Quentin Blake among ‘The QB Papers’ titles.

Printed on Somerset Enhanced 100% Cotton Rag paper with hand-deckled edges, in a presentation box. Unsigned.

Print Dimensions 24 x 30 x 3 cm (box); each print measures 21 x 27.5 cm

Limited edition of 50

Price: £54 inclusive of VAT

Sales enquiries to anna@hastingscontemporary.org