Jerwood Gallery review
With the promise of a new exhibition at the Jerwood, I decided to brave the storms and head further along the coast to Hastings.
A picturesque drive cross country, with a stop off at Norman Road, St Leonards, a shopping gem in the artist’s quarters packed with galleries, antique, vintage and gift shops and the best haberdashers in the south.
The award winning Jerwood Gallery opened in 2012 to a mixed response. Local fishermen opposed plans to build on the fishing beach, whilst art fans applauded this addition to the art scene on the south coast. Personally I love the gallery – a beautiful building with great views across the beach and sea.
This was my third visit and by far the most enjoyable – ‘The Jerwood Collection: Revealed’, is an in depth look at 20th and 21st century British art, exploring the history and personal stories of the collection’s development. With seven rooms in total featuring a further two exhibitions, the gallery is not overwhelming and it was a real pleasure to be able to have the space to read about each piece without being moved forwards by an eager crowd of art lovers.
On the second floor, Webbe’s cafe serves up a well priced menu, sourcing their ingredients locally, the fish freshly caught by the Hastings fishing fleet. I tucked into a large slab of chocolate fudge cake and a cappuccino whilst watching the waves batter the shoreline.