When visiting England’s Creative Coast, make sure to take a trip to Hastings, a cosmopolitan coastal town steeped in history and renowned for the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
Here you’ll find the striking Hastings Contemporary gallery of modern and contemporary art, situated just a few steps from the beach and overlooking the largest fishing fleet in Europe, where you can see the town’s fisherman at work.
Formerly the Jerwood Gallery, this exciting new independent gallery has re-opened to the public, bringing an inspiring programme of events and exhibitions to discover, all championing modern and contemporary art in an international context. This summer you can see exhibitions from Tal R, Roy Oxlade, David Bomberg and Hastings Contemporary’s Artist Patron Quentin Blake.
Close to the gallery is the picturesque Old Town where you can explore and discover an array of artist studios, galleries and antiques and charming half-timber fisherman’s huts. Bohemian St Leonards is just along the sea front, offering a great compliment to the gallery with beach front cafes and bars where you can sample the locally caught fish and Sussex wine.
Continue your cultural adventure along the coast - hire a bicycle and travel to nearby De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea and the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.
As part of The Waterfronts series Hastings Contemporary are creating a new artwork with Athens-based artist Andreas Angelidakis, who describes himself as “an architect who doesn’t build.” Angelidakis is interested in how people react to structures. His multi-disciplinary work investigates the passing of time, attempting to make sense of where we are and how we got here. His work for Hastings will draw on these broad parameters to consider the state of the place and what its future might be.
Location & details
Hastings Contemporary , Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town , East Sussex, TN34 3DW