Silver Jubilee exhibition

F Howard Lewis' portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
F Howard Lewis' portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

HASTINGS Museum and Art Gallery is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year with a new exhibition bringing together local paintings collected since 1952.

The free exhibition at the gallery in Bohemia Road, includes a portrait of the Queen in her coronation robes, as well a wide range of local scenes.

There are examples of paintings in oil, watercolour, pastel, various print techniques and even batik, with work by well-known local artists Gus Cummins, Kathleen Crozier, Alan Rankle, Ken Townsend and Laetitia Yhap, among others.

Councillor Trevor Webb, lead member for Leisure, said: “Exhibitions like this are an excellent way of bringing together very different paintings that would normally be kept in the Museum store, and even include a number of paintings which usually hang in committee rooms in the Town Hall. Many of them haven’t been on public display for decades.

“It also celebrates the versatility and talent of the artists who have been inspired by Hastings.

Access to The Went Tree Trust acquisition fund and an active collecting policy meant that the Museum’s collection increased significantly in the second half of the 20th century, with work purchased from single artist and group shows, as well as through a number of important bequests.

Paintings have also come through the Contemporary Art Society in the 1950s and, more recently, through the Art Fund.