The Jerwood Gallery in Hastings opened in March 2012 to provide a new regional venue for the Jerwood Visual Arts Programme and as a permanent home for the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century paintings. Designed by architects HAT Projects, the gallery is a response both to the character of the site and the requirements of the art collection, with a 180m2 gallery for the temporary exhibition programme and a range of more intimate rooms. The exterior is clad in over 8000 hand-glazed, black ceramic tiles, which reflect the changing seaside light and relate to the black-painted wooden Hastings fishermen’s net shops, used as lofts to store fishing nets. A sculpture, Net Form 2, in powder-coated steel, by Benedict Carpenter, winner of the Jerwood Sculpture Price in 2001, was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the gallery.
The Jerwood Gallery was built on the site of a car park and is a catalyst within a £9million cultural and economic development of the ‘Stade’ the fishing beach in a historic area in Hasting’s Old Town, with a masterplan by HAT projects. It joins the ‘string of pearls’ cultural attractions along the South Coast including: Turner Contemporary, Margate; Folkestone Triennial; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill; and Pallant House, Chichester.
The £4million capital and running costs for the Jerwood Gallery are entirely funded by the Jerwood Foundation. The Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century British artists includes around 300 works Stanley Spencer, L.S. Lowry, Augustus John, Craigie Aitchison, Maggi Hambling, Patrick Caulfield and Prunella Clough. The Gallery’s art and education programme is intended as a resource for local communities. The opening exhibition is a retrospective of the works of Kent-based artist Rose Wylie, who was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Prize for Visual Arts, 2011.
The Jerwood Visual Arts Programme comprises of some of the most prominent visual arts awards in the UK. The Jerwood Drawing Prize www.jerwooddrawingprize.org, and Jerwood Contemporary Makers,and Painters awards, www.jerwoodvisualarts.org.
Images: courtesy of Jerwood Gallery. Photography © Ioana Marinescu
Benedict Carpenter. Net Form 2, 2012, 180 x 110 x 300 cm, powder coated mild steel, stainless steel, rubber Commissioned for the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. © Benedict Carpenter