Hastings Contemporary, a new, independent art gallery will open to the public this Saturday 6 July 2019. Set on the historic Stade on the seafront in Hastings, the gallery will bring a dynamic programme of modern and contemporary art to the South East, exploring and interrogating works by national, international and local artists.

Hastings Contemporary opens with two major exhibitions, which champion the medium of painting: Tal R: eventually all museums will be ships and Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun.

Tal R: eventually all museums will be ships - from 6 July to 13 October 2019 - explores the work of international contemporary artist Tal R and reveal new works. Tal R works with a wide range of media from painting to textile design, sculpture to video art, and he constantly renews and enriches his artistic practice and way of working. Known for his unique ability to experiment, reinterpret and create afresh, Tal R is a versatile artist whose work explores and takes inspiration from his surroundings.  The exhibition title, which both befits the iconic, ancient fishing beach flanking Hastings Contemporary and recent evolution of the gallery to its new independent status, is a nod to the content of the exhibition and also a poetic reference to the artist’s creative process.

Roy Oxlade: Shine Out Fair Sun - from 6 July to 6 October 2019 - is the first major public gallery exhibition of British artist Roy Oxlade (1924-2014). Described in the Guardian as one of the most impressive British painters of the past 50 years’, Roy was an artist, art writer and highly influential teacher. Oxlade’s approach to painting was instinctual, energetic and bold and he was well known for his powerful use of colour.

Find out more at www.hastingscontemporary.org

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