Hastings Contemporary

Hastings Contemporary is a British contemporary art museum located in Hastings, East Sussex.

The not-for-profit museum was opened in March 2012 as the Jerwood Gallery. It was built to showcase the collection of the Jerwood Foundation, but after a disagreement over funding, the gallery was renamed Hastings Contemporary in 2019. The project is part of a £9m redevelopment of the Stade, a historic area in Hastings’ Old Town.

The building appears to be constructed out of giant black Lego bricks at first glance, but they are in fact black tiles glazed in nearby Kent. The gallery opened with opposition for local residents, but that didst stop the gallery receiving 2,000 visitors on its opening weekend.

The gallery contains both temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection that includes work from artists including: L. S. Lowry, Maggi Hambling, Craigie Aitchison, Prunella Clough, Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Walter Sickert, Ben Nicholson, and Patrick Caulfield.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday – 11:00 to 17:00.
Late opening first Tuesday of every month 16:00 to 20:00.

Entrance Fees

Entry is FREE to Hastings Contemporary Members.

Entry is FREE to children aged 16 and under. Up to four children free with an adult ticket

Adult ticket: £9.00 with voluntary donation or £8.00 without.

Senior (60 and over) £8.00 with voluntary donation or £7.00 without.

Concessions: £6.00 for the Disabled, Further Education Students, Unemployed. Proof required.

Free entry to Carers supporting disabled visitors.

Hastings Borough Council Residents £4.00. Proof of address required.

Art Fund Members £4.50 with voluntary donation or £4.00 without.

Groups (of 10 or more) £6.00 per person.

First Tuesday of every month FREE to all from 4pm – 8pm.

Getting There

Hastings Contemporary, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town, Hastings, TN34 3DW, East Sussex.

+44 (0)1424 728377

By Bus

The Stagecoach bus company runs regular services from nearby towns and villages.

From Hastings railway station you can take the 20 or 20A bus to the Stade.

By Train

Regular trains run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross, Brighton and Ashford International to Hastings with fast route options.

Southeastern run regular train services from the heart of London to Hastings, the journey takes less than 90 minutes.

The gallery is a ten minute walk or a £5 taxi journey from the station.

By Car

The closest car parks are Rock-a-Nore Road, The Bourne and Pelham Place.