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Learning and Participation Programme

Adult education: courses in art history and creative media with the WEA; curator-led tours for NADFAS (National Association of Design and Fine Arts Society) and other similar groups; an ongoing public programme of lectures and creative workshops led by local and national artists educators.

Artists Group: meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the gallery cafe during our free to all late night opening.

Baby Sense: fully interactive play time in the gallery before opening hours for babies who are not yet confidently walking and their parents, in partnership with Hastings Children’s Centres. Older siblings welcome.

Discover Project: artist led creative workshops for families from the Syrian Resettlement Project East Sussex.

Drawing Life: life drawing classes for local people living with dementia, their families and carers.  Led by a team of professional artist educators.

Drink & Draw: informal artist led workshops encouraging relaxed creative and social opportunities.

Little Adventures: brand-new Early Years programme, designed to follow on from our popular Baby Sense sessions. Lively stories, songs, rhymes and hands-on activities.

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

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

Start Hospices project: we are in our second year of the Start Hospices Project, funded by Children in the Arts, hosting bespoke creative days 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

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

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 more.

Youth Group: ‘Young Artists’ is funded by the Hastings Opportunity Area Programme, offering young people aged 10 and 11 a wide range of after school, artist led creative activities throughout the academic year.


Discover Project Drawing Life