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JG in the Community

Volunteers: 55 people work with 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. Our fantastic 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.

Schools: a constant stream of children visit with their schools and participate in workshops, or just lie on their tummies and draw!

Pre-School children: we are delighted to partner with Hastings Children’s Centres to offer young children and their parents/carers fully interactive play time in the gallery before opening hours in our popular, monthly Baby Sense sessions.

Adult education: we host courses in art history and creative writing through the WEA and New Writing South in our Studio space and offer curator-led tours to NADFAS (National Association of Design and Fine Arts Society) and other similar groups. We curate an ongoing public programme of lectures and creative workshops, led by local and national artists educators.

Start Hospices project: we are extremely proud to have been selected by the Children in the Arts charity for a three year programme hosting creative days out for children under the care of Chestnut Tree Hospice, their families and carers. Read about our April 2018 family day with special guests Wild Life Drawing and artist musician Ed Boxall here. We made it onto ITV Meridian news!

People living with Dementia: we regularly host the wonderful Drawing Life team (winners of the National Lottery's People's Projects Meridian East 2018) for tutor led life drawing sessions in our Studio space. Blue Badge guide Sarah Ciacci also runs lively and informal art history sessions in front of artworks from the Jerwood Collection followed by tea and chat. Find out more here.

Workshops for tertiary education: gallery staff offer specialist workshops to A level and undergraduate students, to give an insight into working in the arts field or training in specific areas of art.

Supporting local businesses: we use local businesses for our printing, cleaning, catering and maintenance. We host business networking meetings. The Coastal Cultural Trail, of which we are part, works with many tourist businesses. Jerwood Gallery brings thousands of visitors to the area each year who contribute to the local economy.

Artists Group: meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the gallery cafe as part of our late night opening.