The gallery is temporarily closed
THE GALLERY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
After careful consideration of the concerns and guidance regarding the coronavirus, Hastings Contemporary temporarily closed to the public after 5pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020, along with our Coastal Cultural Trail peers at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
Find the latest health guidance here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For up-to-date information from the government, visit the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Opening Times & Prices
THE GALLERY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED
Hastings Contemporary Members
Children (16 and under)
Up to four children free with an adult ticket
£9.00* / £8.00
Senior (60 and over)
£8.00* / £7.00
Disabled, Further Education Students, Unemployed
Free entry to Carers supporting disabled visitors
Hastings Borough Council Residents
Please bring proof of address.
Art Fund Members
£4.50* / £4.00
Groups (of 10 or more)
£6.00 per person
First Free Tuesday
FREE admission 4pm – 8pm
On the first Tuesday of every month admission to the gallery and café is free between the hours of 4pm and 8pm.
*Ticket price includes a voluntary donation which enables the gallery to claim Gift Aid on the whole amount
Entry price includes unlimited return visits within the same day. Keep hold of your ticket to come and go as you please. There are lockers on the ground floor – please speak to a member of staff for access.
Ways to travel:
Check our our page on Good Journey to plan your car-free journey: https://www.goodjourney.org.uk/attractions/hastings-contemporary/
Regular trains run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross, Brighton, and Ashford International to Hastings, with fast route options.
To find out more or to book your journey, visit www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
The gallery is a 15-20 minute walk from Hastings railway station and easily accessible from the historic Old Town of Hastings.
There are cycle paths running along the beachfront that will take you west towards St. Leonards and Bexhill.
BY CAR OR BUS
The closest car parks are Rock-a-Nore Road, The Bourne and Pelham Place.
Stagecoach runs regular services from nearby towns and villages. From Hastings railway station you can take the 20 or 100 bus to the Stade.
There is a taxi rank at Hastings station. The five-minute journey to the gallery costs about £5. For taxis from the gallery, feel free to ask staff at the front desk for assistance.
Did you know that up to four children can visit the gallery for free with every adult ticket purchased?
Pick up a free family trail to help you explore.
Discover through drawing and simple problem solving.
Discover the treasure baskets in our break out area.
Boatyard Café offers a children’s menu, high chairs, and are happy to heat up bottles.
Baby changing facilities are located on the first floor.
Ask a member of staff about lockers and buggy storage.
We are a Breastfeeding Friendly venue.
What to expect from your visit:
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.
Hastings Contemporary believes that people are disabled by barriers, both physical and attitudinal, which exist in buildings, organisations and individuals. We aim to remove all the barriers we identify where possible, and hope that our visitors aid us in this.
Where a barrier cannot be completely avoided, for example for reasons of health and safety, we will endeavour to provide alternative access to exhibitions, services and information.
- The gallery has a lift to the upper floor galleries and café and a disabled toilet on the ground floor
- Two wheelchairs are available for visitors. Please let us know before you visit if you would like to use one
- We have lightweight, portable stools available for visitors
- Large print labels are available. Please ask at the front desk
- Hastings Contemporary is a Dementia Friendly Venue
- Assistance dogs are welcome. We are sorry, but other dogs are not allowed in the gallery
If you would like to speak to a member of staff about your visit, please call +44(0)1424 728377 or email email@example.com
Bringing a group to the gallery?
We offer a concessionary rate for groups of 10 or more people at £6 per person. Your ticket for the gallery is valid all day, so you are free to explore the gallery at your leisure.
Group tours led by one of Hastings Contemporary’s volunteers are available at £30 and run for half an hour (max. 15 people).
Please let us know in advance if you are planning to visit with a group.
To book a group visit, please contact Rowan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +44 (0)1424 834335
THE GALLERY AND CAFE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS
Farmyard in St Leonards, the sibling venue to Boatyard, is open and offering ‘contact-free delivery’ on Deliveroo. Farmyard is also operating as a point of contact for those who need help and for others to offer assistance.
Boatyard at Hastings Contemporary is a modern restaurant and café-bar with a focus on sustainable food and drink.
On the first floor of the gallery and enjoying wonderful views over the seafront and historic fishing beach in the heart of Hastings Old Town, Boatyard serves a menu built around local produce and sustainable ingredients, with fish landed by boats you can see out of the window.
Boatyard is run by Farmyard founders Kate and Ben O’ Norum – whose backgrounds include street food, natural wines, journalism, and environmental development – alongside head chef Nick Leonard.
Boatyard is open 11am-5pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, as part of general admission to the gallery. Hastings Contemporary members may bring up to three guests to Boatyard free of charge.
The lunch menu can be viewed here.
Images: ©Lens & Pixel.
Hastings Contemporary’s gallery spaces, café and balcony, and studio, are available to hire for private and corporate events and photo shoots.
If you are planning a special birthday, anniversary, remembrance event or wedding reception and are tempted by world-class artworks and architecture, the best views in town, and superb sustainable catering from Boatyard, we would be delighted to host.
The studio is available for corporate hire, for a uniquely cultural team building experience, and for community workshops and events.
For more information or a customised quote, please email email@example.com or call +44 (0)1424 728377. Gallery Members enjoy a 10% discount on hire plus special catering offers.
*With the exception of the studio and meeting room, the gallery spaces are only available for hire outside of gallery opening hours (11am to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday). Catered events in the galleries may be subject to archival restrictions.
Image R: ©Farmyard. Image L: ©Farmyard
From art materials to unique gifts and hand-crafted items for all age groups, you don’t have to be visiting the gallery to browse our shop.
The gallery thrives on established links with designers and makers in Hastings and the surrounding area. We select merchandise based on ethical and sustainable criteria as well as aesthetic appeal, and are dedicated to eliminating single use plastic.
We are the only specialist art bookshop in Hastings, stocking a large selection of books for all tastes and ages, relating to the history of Modern British and contemporary art, art theory, and guides for personal artistic practice.
Our children’s gifts include gorgeous art and story books, colouring-in and activity packs, and seaside-themed games.
Browse our compact selection of acclaimed Cass Art materials which, complemented by recycled Hastings Contemporary sketch and notebooks, will help both budding and proficient artists realise their creative talents.
All shop profits help to support our exhibitions, Learning & Participation programmes.
View our returns policy here.
We rely on ticket sales to keep going, so please consider a donation to help us continue to inspire our local and creative communities.
All donations are gratefully received. Thank you.
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