Hastings joins ‘string of pearls’

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THE town’s newest gallery has received an award in recognition of its design and place in the community.

Jerwood Gallery, which opened in March this year, has received a Public and Community Award from the Sussex Heritage Trust.

On Wednesday, October 24, there will be a ceremony to celebrate the award and to unveil a plaque in the courtyard of the gallery, which houses the Jerwood Foundation’s collection of 20th and 21st century art, along with a programme of temporary exhibitions, currently Gillian Ayres: paintings from the ‘50s.

The annual Sussex Heritage Trust Awards are designed to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

The Public and Community Award is given to a restoration or new project, which provides or improves facilities for the community.

Liz Gilmore, director of the Jerwood Gallery, said: “We are absolutely delighted.

“It is about the excellence of the architecture, but this particular award is focused on community.

“It really highlights the success of Jerwood, it being the cultural hub that we wanted it to be.

“I think it is a real moment of affirming what is there, and certainly people’s acceptance and delight that it is there.

She added that the number of members now runs into the hundreds, since the scheme launched in August, which was testament to public appreciation of the gallery.

The £4 million gallery was designed by firm of architects HAT Projects, based in Uckfield.

Hana Loftus, of HAT Projects, said: “We are really delighted. We worked very, very hard with conservation officers and English Heritage to make the design as sympathetic as we could to the local landscape and The Stade.”

Chris Gebbie, chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust, said: “Having seen it I was delighted with what it had achieved.

“I liked particularly the large windows which to my mind create the illusion that you are looking out onto a moving picture.

“It is not just about old buildings, the Sussex Heritage Trust is also about supporting new ideas that will be the listed buildings of the future.”

He added that the gallery brings a focus to a historic part of the town and would draw in visitors .

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