Hastings Contemporary

Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. From its award-winning building set on the beach of Hastings Old Town, the gallery presents an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions showcasing work by important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists and emerging practitioners. 

The gallery has developed a reputation for its focus on painting. Innovative programming, partnerships, collaborations and events support its commitment to learning and participation, making this one of the most celebrated cultural hubs in the South East.

© Hastings Contemporary

© Hastings Contemporary

You’ll love

  • The gallery’s unique setting in the town’s historic fishing beach, among the net huts and working structures of the fishing fleet.
  • The gallery champions the medium of painting, and has built a strong reputation in this field.
  • It’s one of the most environmentally sustainable contemporary art galleries in the UK.

When to visit

Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm.


Hastings Contemporary strives to champion equality for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people, ensuring that they have equal access to the gallery’s work, services and physical spaces.

There is a lift between the ground and first floor spaces and an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Two wheelchairs are available – please let staff know when you book your visit if you would like to use one. Lightweight portable stools are available. Large print labels are available – please ask at the front desk. Hastings Contemporary is a Dementia Friendly venue. Assistance dogs are welcome.

While you’re in the area, Hastings Contemporary recommends

Visit Hastings Old Town with its amazing shops and galleries. Have fish and chips at The Stade, visit the local Museum and Art Gallery, the spectacular pier and for even more cultural stimulation – the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.

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