Since opening in 2012 this seaside gallery has become a key part of the vibrant artistic network of the south coast.
Sitting next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town, Jerwood Gallery has been designed to echo its surroundings. The 8,000 hand-glazed black tiles covering the exterior evoke the tarred boards of the nearby fishermen's net huts.
To date, the gallery has run two successful Art Happens crowdfunding campaigns. The first in 2014, raised almost £30,000 to put on a major exhibition of work by the Chapman Brothers, while in 2017 they raised £14,000 to bring Paula Rego to the gallery, for an exhibition of new work that celebrated her love of the sea.
From 6 July 2019, Jerwood Gallery will become Hastings Contemporary, an independent modern and contemporary art gallery for the South East.
The gallery showcases the prestigious Jerwood Collection of modern and contemporary art, which focuses particularly on British practice. It was formed over 30 years by Alan Grieve, Chairman of the Jerwood Foundation, and features more than 200 works by celebrated 20th-century artists such as Sir Frank Brangwyn, LS Lowry, and Alfred Wallis.
Contemporary pieces come from winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize, including Craigie Aitchison, Maggi Hambling and Patrick Caulfield.