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Oh we do like a day out at the seaside at Livingetc, especially with a bit of art thrown in. So on a recent trip to Hastings (see our June issue for more on the loveliest, most serene B&B in town, The Old Rectory), we popped into the newly opened Jerwood Gallery.


It’s had a difficult start in life (not all locals were pleased at its conception, or location on the Stade), but we think it will grow into something much loved. We give it our vote as a great example of sensitive architecture that has redeveloping a bleak space for something far more enjoyable.

Where a concrete coach park once stood there’s now a gallery clad in lustrous black tiles, an open-space for events (in the meantime, toddlers scootering in circles) and a cool cafe.


The gallery is on a manageable scale, and showcases a snapshot of 20th century British painters (from Nicholson, and Stanley Spencer to Ivon Hitchens and Maggi Hambling) mixed with the contemporary (the current exhibition showcases Rose Wylie’s large-scale creations, below).


The architecture is interesting, but not intimidating…



… and all the way around, you catch views of the jumbled streets of Hastings and the mish-mash of working fishing boats through vast windows, keeping the gallery grounded in the Hastings of here and now.



And with great coffees with a sea view what’s not to like? 


Jo, sub-editor

photographs HAT Projects © Ioana Marinescu and Alastair Whitson


The Livingetc team has been marvelling at this magical artwork by Holland based artist Berndnault Smilde, titled ‘Nimbus II’. Created at the Hotel KMK in Amsterdam earlier this month, the installation lasted a mere minutes before it disappeared forever. Is it an illusion, is it a trick, has it been created or captured? The artist has kept an air of mystery surrounding the process he uses to create his indoor clouds (because that would be telling), but we think it’s all the more beautiful for it’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it existence!

Kate, Editorial Assistant

The sun is starting to stay up that little bit longer now and I can’t help but daydream about the great outdoors and the idea of pitching a tent in a couple of months time. Even better would be to pitch a wigwam (love that word), or perhaps a tipi.

Of the numerous posh camping websites that have popped up all over the place lately, my favourite would have to be Canopy and Stars. Who needs a tent when you can hire a yurt?

I urge you all to ditch the hotel this summer and opt for the canvas option instead and try to enjoy the rugged countryside that this beautiful country has to offer.

Lucy, Style Assistant x



There seems to be a baby boom amongst my friends just lately and I’ve been struggling for gift inspiration! So I’m loving Ruka-Ruka‘s gorgeous, bold, retro prints that can be customised with the new baby’s name or date of birth for that extra personal touch. Nic, Picture Editor.

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