A new independent gallery launches this week on the UK’s south coast called Hastings Contemporary (the space was previously known as the Jerwood Gallery but the gallery parted ways with its main sponsor, the Jerwood Foundation, earlier this year). An anonymous donation of £250,000 has enabled the relaunch, which is due to take place on 6 July with exhibitions dedicated to the Copenhagen-based artist Tal R (6 July-13 October) and the late British painter Roy Oxlade (6 July-6 October). The illustrator Quentin Blake also presents a series of new drawings (6 July-6 October).
“We want to encourage new ways of looking, contrasting historic works with today’s artists, showing works in a range of media, and celebrating both national and international practitioners,” says Liz Gilmore, the gallery’s director. We have picked out five key works to see and savour at the new space.