Quentin Blake: Life Under Water - A Hastings Celebration

2 Jul 2015 – 6 Sep 2015

Regular opening hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00

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Hastings Contemporary

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Hastings and St Leonards are served by the Stagecoach bus company, who run regular services from nearby towns and villages.
  • There are regular train services that run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross to Hastings. Direct trains to Hastings from Brighton and Ashford International run twice an hour.

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The immutable Sir Quentin Blake is returning to the gallery this summer, this time casting his eye over Hastings.


The celebrated Children’s Laureate, most famous for his collaborations with Roald Dahl, has created 24 new works that show the vibrancy of this historic town and the sea that defines it.

Quentin Blake captures the vitality of the people of Hastings, but sets them beneath the waves. Pirates swirl merrily around dogs chasing sticks, children on the beach, performers, morris dancers and fish.

Quentin says, ‘it is not an exhibition for children, even though it’s one they won’t have any difficulty with, and it’s not a collection of drawings by me that Jerwood Gallery happens to be putting on. I have created it specifically for the gallery and the works won’t appear anywhere else.'

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Exhibiting artists

Quentin Blake


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