The Jerwood Gallery opened in 2012, and is symbolic of Hastings' contemporary relevance within the arts. Situated in the Old Town, next to the fishing beach, it has been home to some spectacular exhibitions.
The architecture of the Jerwood epitomises Hastings' proud past as platform for a prosperous future. Designed to fit in physically with the Old Town's fishermen huts, its black tiles and innovative (yet traditional) architecture won a National RIBA Award in 2013.
The Jerwood Collection's central focus is art created between World War One and the 1960's: including works by L.S. Lowry, Augustus John and Sir Stanley Spencer. Past exhibitions have included Quentin Blake and Prunella Clough.
The Jerwood Gallery is also active in the community. It provides talks, tours and workshops for schools and young people - enabling access to creativity. Who knows what it might inspire?
And, of course, after an enjoyable appreciation of the art there is a café that will satisfy any further needs.
Featured image: from Marcus' Harvey's Inselaffe (part of ROOT 1066).