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Hastings Contemporary reopens to the public after anonymous donation

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The Hastings Contemporary, formerly known as the Jerwood Gallery, has reopened to the public under its new name.

It closed for three weeks after the gallery's major backer, the Jerwood Foundation, withdrew its funding along with all of its art works.

But thanks to a recent anonymous donation of £250,000 and a £400,000 grant from Arts Council England in 2017, it has reopened.

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On show is work from British painter Roy Oxlade, Danish artist Tal R and Hastings local Sir Quentin Blake.

Since opening in 2012, the gallery has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors.

The gallery was officially opened by the chair of the Arts Council England on Saturday.

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Hastings Contemporary will bring vibrant, museum-quality art to Hastings. We want to encourage new ways of looking - contrasting historical works with today's artists, showing works in a range of media, and celebrating both national and international practitioners. Our programme will take advantage of the entire building, and we are thrilled at the prospect of inviting ever wider audiences to come and experience art by the sea."

"We are delighted to have secured a generous donation in support of the opening of Hastings Contemporary. The support of Jerwood Foundation and Hastings Borough Council and more recently, Arts Council England, has enabled a remarkable institution to come to life over the last seven years, in a beautiful setting, and we're all excited about its future."

– Liz Gilmore, Director, Hastings Contemporary
Sir Quentin Blake lives in Hastings where the gallery is located Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

"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