Hastings Contemporary gallery tours via robot


The telepresence robot, developed by Double Robotics, provides a revolutionary solution for arts organisations such as Hastings Contemporary in overcoming barriers of isolation. The gallery is delighted that through its adoption of this technology they will be able to continue to support families, children and older visitors alike, offering opportunities to enter the gallery space from the comfort of a sofa, bed or kitchen table.

Moreover, Hastings Contemporary’s robot tours will help to communicate more widely the lived experiences of those with disabilities in a creative and collaborative manner, and will contribute to scientific research.


  • Hastings Contemporary will initially be offering four public tours a week, led by Liz Gilmore and Nick Maclean, starting from the week beginning 13 April 2020.
  • The tours will last approximately 30 mins and will be free.

Hastings Contemporary like to give a special thanks to Esther Fox, Hastings Contemporary Trustee and researcher on the D4D project as part of her role as Head of the Accentuate Programme, and Praminda Caleb-Solly, Professor for Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies at the Bristol Robotics Lab.

  • The D4D project explores the ways in which disabled people experience and express community and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • Accentuate is based within the organisation Screen South and delivers ground breaking opportunities for D/deaf and disabled people across the Cultural Sector. 

For more information on please visit Hastings Contemporary website.



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