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Jerwood Gallery relaunching as Hastings Contemporary - opening Summer 2019.

Hastings Contemporary - a new, independent modern and contemporary art gallery for Hastings – public opening 6th July 2019.

This summer, Jerwood Gallery will be relaunching as Hastings Contemporary - an independent gallery for the South East.  A public opening is planned for 6th July 2019 with a major presentation by international contemporary painter Tal R, alongside British artist, Roy Oxlade.

Seven years after opening on the historic Stade on the seafront in Hastings, the Director and Trustees of Jerwood Gallery are excited to announce that the Gallery will become Hastings Contemporary.  Since opening in 2012, the gallery has built an acclaimed exhibition programme and has been a cornerstone of the cultural renaissance of Hastings, welcoming over 300,000 visitors. Hastings Contemporary will have a refreshed curatorial direction under Jerwood Gallery’s founding Director, Liz Gilmore.

Hastings Contemporary will reflect the town’s independent spirit, drawing on the rich artistic heritage of Hastings and the South East and engaging with the town’s growing creative community.  Hastings Contemporary’s expanded programme will explore all forms of modern and contemporary art, as well as continuing to champion the medium of painting, for which it has built a strong reputation. 

The opening programme will feature new works by the contemporary international painter, Tal R, alongside the acclaimed British painter, Roy Oxlade, and works by Oxlade’s tutor David Bomberg. Hastings Contemporary will cultivate greater national and international profile through landmark exhibitions and commissioning new work. It will also forge new partnerships, building on previous successful collaborations with national museums and collections including Tate, the Royal Academy and the National Gallery and significant private collections.

 “I could never have imagined, many years ago when I bought my ancient house in Hastings, that one day there would be an art gallery a few minutes’ walk away at the end of the street; brilliantly contemporary but at the same time harmonising with its unique site on The Stade. Nor that it would have such a perceptive and skilled director as Liz Gilmore. Her ambitions for the gallery and her enterprising programme of exhibitions has given a new attraction and interest to Hastings and those who live there; and, more personally, she has inspired me to set about a new range of exploratory work that I might otherwise never have embarked on.” Sir Quentin Blake, Artist Patron of Hastings Contemporary

See the full press release here.