Hastings is somewhat down at heel, and it makes me sad. It's a beautiful Georgian seaside resort, but seems to be crumbling into the sea (we weren't helped by the fact that when we visited on Bank Holiday Monday there had just been a huge fire in a terrace on the seafront, which just added to the bleakness - that and the driving rain). Anyhow, I really hope that Hastings is due a renaissance, and the Jerwood Gallery is definitely a step in the right direction.
I first visited a couple of years ago and was keen to go back - this time I dragged Mr M and the small boy around the gallery too (dragged was the operative word unfortunately as the little man was rather grumpy - the weather didn't help). We all really liked the Ansel Krut exhibition, but the patience ran out when we were looking around the Jerwood Collection - fortunately the gallery has lots of lovely big windows for little boys to watch small trains and boats from!
Our tickets allow us a return visit at some time within the next 12 months* so we'll be back, possibly to visit the Coastal Currents Arts Festival which is due to take place in Hastings and St Leonards from 30 August to 14 September - it sounds rather good (and hopefully the weather will be a bit better!).
Ansel Krut: Verbatim runs until 9 July. You can find out more about the Jerwood Gallery on their website, and Coastal Currents also have a website and are on twitter.
*Please note that this post has been edited - I'd misread the ticket (originally thought we could go back as many times as we like but it's just the once) - thank you to the gallery for getting in touch to point this out!