The Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, which has been accessible only digitally since March because of the Covid-19 pandemic, reopened its doors to visitors on Thursday 27th August, subject to advance bookings through the museum’s website or by phone. 

Besides popular enduring exhibitions such as Grey Owl’s cabin, Lady Brassey’s collections and the Story of Hastings Gallery, there is a fresh open-call exhibition, featuring both local and international artists entitled Hastings Open 2020 which will run until 3rd January next year. Over 1,500 artworks were submitted for consideration, with the final pieces chosen by a guest panel of practising artists and gallery owners.

The digital programme which was created for lockdown is now being scaled back. It included a range of activities for all ages created by the museum team to co-designed content with creative freelancers. Funded from the museum’s core budget and supported by a grant from an East Sussex charity based in Lewes, the Chalk Cliff Trust, it claims to have reached over 1.45 million devices via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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