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17 Mar 2012

Opening of Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

a street view of the modern art gallery, Jerwood, Hastings, barriers up indicating that the building is not yet open
Jerwood Art Gallery, Hastings, January 2012 (c) Julian P. Guffogg

“There’s a new arrival on that beach. Art-lovers are preparing to hootfoot it down to the Jerwood Gallery … The museum is the latest cultural jewel in a south-coast necklace that includes the De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill, and the Turner Contemporary, in Margate. The £4m low-rise building is clad in 8,000 black hand-glazed tiles that shimmer in the light like sun on water. It houses the Jerwood Foundation’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century British art, and includes previously unseen paintings by Stanley Spencer, Walter Sickert, LS Lowry and Augustus John” (“Instant Weekend: Hastings”, Sunday Times, 18 March 2012)

“Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery divides community …. Opposition became so fierce it prompted a bonfire protest. Residents fashioned a model which was cast into the flames as they vented their anger at the plan. Graffiti has been scrawled on walls, voices have been raised in protest …” (BBC News, 16 March 2012)

Rose Wylie: Big Boys Sit in the Front, Jerwood Gallery, 17 March-1 July