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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I visit the café without paying entry to the gallery?

A. The café is part of the gallery and is reserved for gallery visitors who have an admission ticket. Members are able to come and go to the gallery café and receive 10% discount off their bill. Gallery members may also bring up to 3 guests to the café for free.

Q. Can I book a table in the café?

A. Due to the overall capacity of the café, Webbe’s at Jerwood Gallery is unable to take table bookings. Tables are available on a first come first served basis.

Q. I am a Blue Badge holder – where can I park?

A. There are designated disabled parking bays in Rock-a-Nore car park, which is the closest car park to the gallery. Two further bays are located at the end of the Eat@Stade Café. In addition, there is parking opposite the gallery where blue badge holders may park. Please check the Hastings Borough Council website for updates on parking before your visit.

Q. What qualifies a local resident and what do I need to bring to prove residency?

A. Local residents are people living within Hastings Borough. Please bring proof of residency (something official with your address on) for each person visiting on each visit to the gallery: driving licence, council tax bill or utility bill. We can't accept bus passes or library cards as proof of residency as they are county wide and do not specify your residency in Hastings Borough.

Q. Who or what is Jerwood?

A.  John Jerwood started his working life in the family jewellery business in Hatton Garden, London. After serving in the Second World War, in which he was awarded a M.C., he moved to Tokyo, where he married and settled to establish what was to become one of the largest dealerships of cultured pearls in the world. He lived in Japan until his death in 1991.

During John Jerwood’s lifetime his Foundation made benefactions principally in the field of education and music. Since John Jerwood’s death, Alan Grieve, who had been on the Council of the Foundation since 1977, has been its Chairman and Director. Since 1991 he has created and shaped the vision for the Jerwood Foundation and created the Jerwood Collection whose home is the gallery here in Hastings.

Q. What is the Jerwood Foundation?

A. Jerwood Foundation was established by Alan Grieve for John Jerwood in 1977. The foundation, together with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, is one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK which funds responsible and imaginative initiatives within the visual and performing arts and supports talented professionals in the early years of their careers.

Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Jerwood Space and Jerwood Gallery operate through separate board structures but with some of the same personnel involved on the board of each to ensure continuity and consistency of the values, mission and ethos of the foundation.

Q. Who are the architects?

A. HAT Projects (Hana Loftus and Tom Grieve). HAT Projects is a young architecture studio whose work combines a careful understanding of a social and spatial context with a sophisticated sense of design and construction. The duo’s design ethos emphasises the creation of places and spaces of joy as well as functionality, quality of detail and materials, adaptability and sustainability.  

Jerwood Gallery's awards include a RIBA Award 2013, Stirling Prize mid listing, Civic Trust Award 2013 and Sussex Heritage Award. Jerwood Gallery was included in the Observer's top 10 buildings of 2012.

Q. What work does Jerwood Gallery do with the local community?

A. From the outset, our ambition has been to become a cultural hub in Hastings, through work in schools and the wider community. We aim to encourage learning, access and enthusiasm for the visual arts with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Hastings is ranked amongst the 20 most deprived areas in the country. We support Hastings Borough Council’s continuing aspiration to raise internal and external perceptions of the town by creating a focus for civic pride and identity. We believe that our learning programme is of huge importance to this aspiration. This year, we are proud to launch our new learning programme, Pearls of the Sea at Jerwood Gallery. It has been developed as a continuation of Start, our original schools project which was funded for the first three years of the gallery’s life by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts. Through working with local schools and involving teachers, young people and their families the programme will continue to help to develop a sense of community pride and ownership of the gallery. 

The gallery has developed its programme of events and workshops over the last year to cater for all tastes, ages and abilities. The recently launched Baby Sense sessions, where parents and their new-borns come to the gallery for a top to toe interactive, sensory experience have proved incredibly popular. Creative workshops, inspired by our temporary exhibitions, continue to pull in the artistic community of Hastings and our family workshops offer a fun and informative arena to learn and develop new creative skills.

The WEA (Workers Educational Association) and New Writing South have adopted the gallery as a community venue for their courses in art history and creative writing respectively.

In partnership with Sussex Coast College we have welcomed an apprentice to the gallery team who is receiving on-the-job training to gain experience of many different aspects of working in a gallery, leading to a nationally recognised qualification.

Jerwood Gallery’s dedicated volunteer team help us to support our visitors to engage with exhibitions in a meaningful way. Volunteers also support our education programme, give tours and provide support for our marketing. The team is made up of students wishing to gain work experience in the arts, artists sharing their expertise, teachers, scientists, film makers and many more.

The gallery’s staff team live and work in and around Hastings & St Leonards and contribute to the community in their own time as well as part of the gallery’s operation. The gallery is proud to be based in Hastings, celebrating and getting involved with the many festivals and celebrations throughout the year.  
Q. What has been the impact of the gallery on the local area?

A. The gallery welcomed 65,000 visitors in its first year. It has made a significant, positive impact on Hastings, bringing in visitors from outside the region - 60% of those visitors cited the gallery as their primary reason for coming to Hastings. Jerwood Gallery helps to support the year round visitor economy, much needed for Hastings and the surrounding area.

Q. Volunteering/Work Experience/Internships

A. We currently have opportunities for volunteers to join our Front of House team as Gallery Stewards. This role involves supporting our visitors to engage with the exhibitions, create a welcoming atmosphere, and also to ensure the galleries are secure. There are also opportunities alongside this role to give talks and tours, contribute to our blog, support the education programme when schools are on site, and to also support the marketing team by conducting visitor feedback surveys. 
We ask everyone interested in volunteering to complete an application form. Once this is returned to us, you will be invited to attend an informal interview. Here you can also find out more about volunteering at the gallery and make your decision as to whether this is the right opportunity for you. 
Due to the small size of our team we are unable to take on people wishing to undertake work placements.

Q. Why do we have to pay entry?

A. Jerwood Gallery is a not for profit organisation that receives no public funding to cover its core costs, and one of the gallery’s main income streams is from visitor admissions.

Q. What concessions does Jerwood Gallery offer?

A. Jerwood Gallery offers concessions for Art Fund, Residents of Hastings Borough, Registered Disabled, Groups of 10 or more, Students and Unemployed. Proof of concession must be provided.

Appropriate ID for concessionary entry is as follows: students – college or university ID card or letter from relevant educational institution; registered disabled – proof that you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or are a blue badge holder; local residents – proof of residency such a council tax bill, utilities bill or driving licence; unemployed – proof a customer is in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance. Art Fund; current (in date) art fund pass.

 Q. Can I take photos of the artwork?

A. Please don't. This is because we do not own the copyright on all of the artwork, despite owning the works in the permanent collection.Over time flash photography will damage the quality of artwork. However, visitors are welcome to take photos of the views from windows and architectural features.

Q. Does the gallery exhibit local artists?

A. There have been a number of exhibitions including works by local artists at Jerwood Gallery since our launch in 2012. We have exhibited work by contemporary artists with local links, including: Jake & Dinos Chapman; Becky Beasley; Professor Stephen Buckley; Jane Hilton; Jeffery Camp; Judith Alder; Mario Rossi; Chantal Joffe; Alessandro Raho; Martin Maloney; Felicity Truscott; Sir Quentin Blake and Fiona Banner. The permanent collection also features many artists who are local to Hastings.

Q. I’m interested in exhibiting my work at Jerwood Gallery. Can I submit an exhibition proposal?

A. Jerwood Gallery exhibitions are programmed a number of years in advance on the invitation of the Director and Curatorial team. We work closely with artists to develop and realise the production of exhibitions and events. Unfortunately we are unable to respond to unsolicited proposals.  

Q. Can Jerwood Gallery authenticate or value my work?

A. We are unable to give critiques or opinions on individual artworks, and as we are such a small team here at Jerwood Gallery, we are unable to take time away from our duties to view original artworks for this purpose.  For additional information about individual artworks, or for authentication or valuation, we recommend contacting an auction house.

Images: top © Alex Bland, bottom © Mike Fear