Council praise for award-winning gallery

East Sussex County Council has added its voice to plaudits for an international art gallery which has landed a major architectural award.

The Jerwood Gallery, in Hastings, was awarded a 2013 RIBA National Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects in recognition of architectural excellence.

The gallery, which opened its doors in March last year, is home to the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art, alongside a changing curated exhibition programme.

Situated in a stunning location overlooking Hastings’ historic fishing beach, known as The Stade, the striking modern building is clad in more than 8,000 hand-glazed black ceramic tiles which reflect the changing seaside light.

Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said: “The Jerwood Gallery is a stunning example of contemporary design and an internationally recognised cultural attraction in the heart of East Sussex.

“The building has brought new life to Hastings and its position overlooking The Stade means it also showcases the beach-based fishing fleet, which is truly unique in this country.

“A great deal of credit is due to the Jerwood Foundation, Hastings Borough Council and everyone else who brought the project to fruition, and the gallery fully deserves this prestigious award.

“Along with other landmark buildings such as the De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill, the Jerwood is a testament to the fact this part of the country is alive with culture, and this accolade couldn’t have been better timed as Hastings and 1066 Country awaits the result of its bid to become UK City of Culture 2017.”