New gallery for Hastings’ Old Town

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A new £4m art gallery will open in Hastings on March 17, 2012.

The Jerwood Gallery will display the Jerwood Foundation’s collection of 20th and 21st century paintings, on public display for the first time, including works by Sir Stanley Spencer, and L S Lowry.

The gallery is part of a £9m redevelopment of the Stade, a historic area in the Old Town area of Hastings on the south coast.

Seven coach bays are located on the seafront in the Old Town. Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council are also creating 21 additional coach parking spaces on Falaise Road and eight additional spaces Sea Road.

The gallery will open with the UK’s first retrospective of the works of Kent-based artist Rose Wylie, who has been awarded the 2011 Paul Hamlyn Prize for Visual Arts. Admission charges to be confirmed.

A visit to the gallery could of course be combined with a stop at the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, or even the Blue Reef Aquarium.

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