What I could never have imagined is that someone would build an art gallery at the end of my road which is within walking distance, that's wonderful, and its such a nice art gallery as well. It is absolutely what one could wish.
Sir Quentin Blake, artist and illustrator, 2017
Opened in March 2012 as Jerwood Gallery, the £5 million construction costs were funded entirely by Jerwood Foundation. Designed by architectural practice, HAT Projects, the gallery was awarded a Public and Community architectural award from Sussex Heritage Trust in 2012 and in 2013 a Civic Trust Award and a National RIBA Award.
In 2017 the gallery became a UK registered charity and was awarded NPO Status by Arts Council England. As its principal stakeholder funder 2012-2019, the Jerwood Foundation supported the gallery with grants and payments exceeding £2.6 million.
Photo: © Ioana Marinescu
In July 2019, the gallery relaunched as Hastings Contemporary and operates with full financial and operational independence. The award-winning building, owned by Jerwood continues to play an important role as a catalyst in the cultural and economic regeneration of Hastings and the surrounding area, as well as being an architectural exemplar.
Photo: © Pete Jones