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Sussex gallery reopens after mystery donation

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A gallery in Sussex that lost its largest donor, along with all this backer's artworks, is nearly ready to open its doors to the public again.

What was once the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings is now the Hastings Contemporary.

The move comes after the gallery's major backer, the Jerwood Foundation, withdrew it's funding, along with all of its art works.

However after an anonymous donation of £250,000 and a grant from the Arts Council, the gallery is reopening after closing for just three weeks.

Inside, every single piece of art is new to the gallery.

Liz Gilmore of Hastings Contemporary says: "The legacy of Jerwood Foundation and actually the gift of what's been given to Hastings in this building is still here, so this is a moment of celebration for us today and we're very excited about that future. We have a very varied diet here, you have to come and try it, we have incredible contemporary works, the most exciting artists like Tal R, we also have works that look back in history, so there will be something for everyone, it is a varied diet."

Inside is the first major public gallery exhibition of British artist Roy Oxlade, along with drawings by Hastings local Quentin Blake.

Most of the ground floor is devoted to an exhibition by the Tal R, who is based in Copenhagen.

The gallery is being officially opened on Tuesday night by the chair of the arts council and is open to the public on Saturday.

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