Art on the South Coast

Art on the South Coast

All eyes will be on the South Coast when a new Jerwood Gallery opens on the seafront in Hastings next month.

The seaside town hopes to follow the success of Margate and Eastbourne, which reinvented themselves with the addition of the Turner Contemporary and the Towner.

Opening with the UK’s first retrospective of paintings by artist Rose Wylie, the gallery will become the permanent home for the Jerwood Collection of 20th- and 21st-century British art and will host the Jerwood Visual Arts Programme.

Highlights of the collection include Chrome and Yellow by Paul Feiler and Christopher Wood’s renowned The Bather.

The building, by architects HAT Projects, is designed to shimmer in the light, much like the sea. A dark blue glaze ensures that the building blends with the surrounding shops, and an interesting roof means that the view from the cliffs behind is just as pleasing.

The Stade area of Hastings is undergoing a major regeneration, of which the Jerwood forms a large part. In addition, a public space will be used as venue for festivals and cultural events, and a community space will hold educational classes. There are also plans for a Seafood Training School, in conjunction with London’s famous Billingsgate Market, to open.

Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex (01424 425809;


In St Leonards, the Georgian part of Hastings to the west of the centre, Zanzibar is a boutique hotel with individually designed rooms inspired by destinations around the world: Africa, Antarctica, Bali, India, Japan, Manhattan, Morocco and South America. Antarctica has a clean and pale colour palette, with sharp design, luxurious faux-fur throws, a steam room and views out to sea.

Zanzibar International Hotel, 9 Eversfield Place, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex (01424 460109; Doubles from ?115

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