Over 12 years ago, in December 2009, Hastings Borough Council approved plans to redevelop the Stadium to create the Jerwood Gallery.
The proposals sparked controversy, with opposition from Save Our Stadium (SOS) campaigners, who said the gallery should be located elsewhere in the city, such as the former White Rock Baths, away from the backdrop of the iconic fisherman’s huts.
In late February 2010, the protest group conceded defeat following the Foreshore Trust’s decision to go ahead with the land swap that allowed the gallery projects to go ahead.
The start of construction on the Jerwood was marked with a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in July 2010.
Advisors, architects and artists met at the future site of the £4million attraction.
Artist Maggi Hambling, former Jerwood Painting Prize winner, dug the first floor from the ground using a power shovel to mark the occasion.
In the summer of 2011, it was announced that the project had suffered delays of at least five months and would not open until the following year.
The original summer 2011 opening date for the multi-million pound project at the Stadium was later pushed back to early 2012.
The new Jerwood Gallery on the Stadium opened on March 17, 2012 and attracted thousands of visitors upon opening.
The gallery was renamed Hastings Contemporary in July 2019.