“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, including new works accompanying his forthcoming exhibition, We Live in Worrying Times.

CLICK HERE to visit the gallery’s secure, online shop, and to browse all available works.

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