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In partnership with Hastings Borough Council’s Play Hastings team, In2play, Orbit Housing and the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, Jimmy Cauty has brought his post-apocalyptic world in miniature housed in a 40ft shipping container, back to Hastings. 

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle has returned as part of the council’s play days young volunteer projects which now includes events outside of the summer period.Jimmy Caulty Aftermath of Dislocation Adventure Play ground Broomgrove IMG_7172 March 2017 SM

Led by experienced community artist Sue Elliot from Art of Regeneration fifteen young people aged between 11 and 16 years joined play staff and volunteers last week (Tuesday 21 March) for a private viewing and to meet Jimmy, the acclaimed artist who created the Aftermath Dislocation Principle.

The young people viewed the miniature riot scenes through the many observation ports around the containers and then invited Jimmy back for pizza and cup of tea at the Adventure Play Ground where they chatted to him about his career and art work.

Jimmy Cauty’s Aftermath Dislocation Principles 1, 2 and 3 will be open to the public on Saturday 8 April at the old power station site, Ore Valley as part of a free one day festival of riotous art installations, live music and free creative activities for families.

Coastal Currents Arts Festival was initiated 16 years ago by Hastings Borough Council and run directly for many years. For the last 9 years the council has commissioned independent producers to deliver the festival and from 2017 the event will become fully independent.

Following an open tender process, Hastings Borough Council has assigned all the rights of Coastal Currents to Hastings based Sweet and Dandy Ltd, including the brand and intellectual property rights. This will enable longer term planning and development which is difficult under the current biannual commissioning model.  Sweet and Dandy have been central to developing the festival over the past five years and are full of ideas for the future.Point Of Decay

Tina Morris, Director of Sweet and Dandy, says “I am delighted to be able to look after the future of Coastal Currents after five years developing the festival on behalf of Hastings Borough Council. I am passionate about the arts in Sussex and especially proud of the creativity and community of Hastings and St Leonards in helping make this festival special.  The work of our partners Creative Coast and Home Live Arts, the public’s support, generosity of venue owners, involvement of businesses and contribution of the whole creative community cannot be underestimated in the continued success of this home grown festival, so I look forward to involving as many of you as possible again in 2017.”

Cllr Dawn Poole, Lead Member for Regeneration and Culture commented, “This is a great opportunity for Coastal Currents and Sweet and Dandy. Hastings Council has committed to supporting the festival in the immediate future and looks forward to seeing the festival move from strength to strength in the coming years.”

This year’s festival will run from 2 September – 1 October with the popular Open Studios weekends on 2/3 and 9/10 September.  See www.coastalcurrents.org.uk for the latest updates.



Rye Station is holding a small yet nostalgic exhibition of train and station memorabilia from the 20th February until 2nd April 2017

Local resident Stuart Searle has loaned the exhibits to provoke memories for travellers along the Marshlink line.

Kevin Barry, the Community Rail Development Officer for the Marshlink line said :- “ Stuart has been collecting train and station memorabilia for many years, he used to be work along the Marshlink line and is very knowledgeable of its history. The hardest part of organizing this exhibition was not what to put on display but what to leave out! With much more available it means we can hold these exhibitions on a regular basis.”

Kevin Boorman, the chair of the Marshlink community rail partnership, added :- “Rye is a lovely, traditional station, and Stuart’s memorabilia is just perfect here, and very nostalgic. We’re very grateful to Stuart for lending us some of his collection, and to Kevin Barry for the work he has done to put this fantastic exhibition on.

“At 1200 on Monday 20th February, the Mayor of Rye will officially open the display and we are hoping Stuart will be able to attend, and talk about his collection.”


The Creation Paintings a new exhibition of paintings by George Graham 1881 – 1949, opened on Friday night (20 January).

George Graham’s series of paintings on the theme of Creation came after a lifetime devoted to landscape. Painted in the 1930’s and 40s’, this unique group of works is a remarkable pre-figuring of the space age.

This exhibition of imaginative paintings will be on show until 14 May 2017.Veni Sacre Spiritus

Also currently on display at the museum is a display of photographs taken of treasured, saved and found objects belonging to members of Halton & Ore History Group, The Bridge Choir and Art Groups. Alternate Legacies is a collaboration between curator Christine Gist and artists Sharon Haward and Leonie Young and runs until 19 February 2017.

“We are delighted to play host to these two very different exhibitions, they are well worth a visit. Together with permanent displays such as Before Hastings which tells the story of this area from prehistory to the Saxons, The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects and the Native North American collection featuring the life of Hastings-born celebrity conservationist Grey Owl, there really is something for everyone” said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure.

Entrance to the museum and art gallery is free. Full details of events can be found at www.hmag.org.uk

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A pop-up exhibition the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers ‘Usdaw: 125 Years Strong’ will open to the public from 1 to 30 November 2016 at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.

The exhibition reviews Usdaw’s social history and showcases campaigns then and now in the areas of safer workplaces, better conditions, improved pay and fairness at work. The exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the rights of shop workers through the years.

“One hundred and twenty five years ago, representatives of workers met in Manchester and Birmingham to establish the trade unions which would, in 1947, amalgamate to become the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers” said Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for leisure. “We are really pleased to be hosting this exhibition as part its tour during 2016 especially with Hastings’ history of early socialism and the Robert Tressell connections with the town”.

The exhibition opens at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery on 01 November with FREE entrance.

More information of events at Hastings Museum can be found from their website www.hmag.org.uk


This Sunday and Monday sees the culmination of a large scale community arts project for ROOT 1066.  Developed by the Craftivist Network and artist Caroline Le Breton, and coordinated by Culture Shift, the project has involved many different organisations working towards a big event at the Stade Open Space, Hastings and an art installation of 500 arrows in the Stade Hall.

Each organisation has been working on arrows, spear heads, placards and banners to form part of the ‘Movement’. The arrows reference the things people value most or the direction people want in their lives.

Groups involved include Autism Sussex, Active Arts and Open Door at Hastings and Bexhill Mencap, Hastings Furniture Service, Beeching Park and Conquest Day Centres, Greenwood Respite Hotel, Little Gate Farm, Seaview, Parchment Trust, Glyne Gap Faculty.

The event on Sunday 2 October will start with a procession from the pier at 1pm with the Stade event starting at 2pm. There will be performances from Open Door drummers, Seaview Choir, Hastings Voice Squad and Delta 7. The performance area is being managed by Rhythmix, who will also be offering short taster workshops at the end of the afternoon. In addition Autism Sussex will be selling cakes and hot drinks and there will be a chance to make your own arrow or flying bird.

The installation will remain open on Monday 3 October from 10.30-4.00pm

Craftivist group are a network of organisations working across Hastings and Rother, who have been working together to promote the value of arts and crafts with vulnerable people and finding opportunities to sell work and set up small micro enterprises, such as Go Pots at Autism Sussex.

Interpreting the Bayeux Tapestry 

Join Gale Owen-Crocker, Professor Emerita of The University of Manchester, as she interprets this extraordinary example of Anglo-Norman art and workmanship. Learn about the battle that transformed England’s culture and heritage, as told by those that were there at the time – and also about the other elements of 11th century life portrayed: political propaganda, mundane objects and day-to-day living.

The talk will take place on Thursday 29 September, 2pm to 3.30pm (doors open at 1.30pm) at St Mary in the Castle. Tickets are £15, and available via stmaryinthecastle.co.uk.

There will also be a chance to view the Medieval Mosaic, a complete recreation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which is on display in the Crypt of St Mary in the Castle. Comprising 3,000,000 pieces of spring steel, it holds the Guinness World Record as the largest steel mosaic.

An Evening with Marcus Harvey 

Margaret Thatcher, Myra Hindley and Tony Blair are just three of the Inselaffe – meaning ‘island monkeys’ who feature in Marcus Harvey’s irreverent show currently at the Jerwood Gallery (ends 16 October). The work forges motifs and emblems of Britishness, such as military memorabilia and joke shop knick-knacks, into collaged portraits of historical figures.

Meet the man behind this array of tongue-in-cheek exhibition on Friday 30 September at 7pm, at the Jerwood Gallery. Tickets are £10 per person (£8 for members), and booking is essential. To book, call 01424 728377.

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news visit 1066contemporary.com, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.



The cartoons of much loved Hastings cartoonist Martin Honeysett are the subject of a new exhibition A Taste of Honeysett at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Martin Honeysett was a leading satirical cartoonist and illustrator with an acerbic sense of humour and a gift for the gag.

During a career spanning four decades Honeysett worked for magazines and newspapers  including, among others, Punch, The New Statesman, Private Eye, The Oldie, The Sunday Telegraph and The Observer, providing instantly recognisable cartoons which seemed to encapsulate all the casual cruelty, greed and stupidity of the modern age.

Honeysett won awards at cartoon festivals in Europe and Japan, and his cartoons and paintings appeared in exhibitions at public galleries such as Chris Beetles in St James’s. Examples of his work are held in public collections including the Cartoon Art Trust and the V&A.

The new exhibition was opened on Thursday night (15 September) by Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for culture, she commented:

“Martin lived in Hastings for over 25 years and contributed greatly to the social and cultural life of the town so we are very excited to showcase Martin’s work in collaboration with Penny Precious, at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery as part of Hastings and 1066 Cartoon Festival.”

A Taste of Honeysett exhibition runs from Saturday 17 September to Sunday 08 January at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery with free entrance.


With the ROOT 1066 International Festival now in full swing, here’s your guide to what’s happening over the coming week.

Edith – a pilgrimage and film
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September

This weekend, see King Harold reunited with his common-law wife Edith, whose weathered statue mourns him still in Grosvenor Gardens, St Leonards. Film maker Andrew Kötting and author Iain Sinclair walked a 100-mile pilgrimage from Waltham Abbey to St Leonards, via Battle Abbey where Harold fell, symbolically reconnecting the lovers after 950 years of separation.

You can see the film, with a special live performance, on Saturday 17 September, 8pm at Kino Teatr, £10. Or, visit Grosvenor gardens on Sunday 18 September to see your own personal 5-minute version, as the Flat Pack Castle becomes a two-seater cinema for the day. 11am to 4pm, free.

Artist talks – John Cole and Hew Lock
Saturday 17 September

Also this weekend, there are two artist talks. John Cole, the photographer behind the portraits currently hanging among the net huts, will be in conversation with the Fishermen’s Protection Society on Saturday 17 September at 2pm at the Stade Hall. Entrance is free but space is limited.

Meanwhile, Hew Lock will be discussing his 2011 work, For Those in Peril on the Sea – which inspired the exhibition that will be on display at Electro Studios Project Space on 1 and 2 October. The talk will take place on Saturday 17 September at 2pm at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery. Tickets cost £5.

Feast of the Dead – a medieval banquet
Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 September

If that’s tickled your appetite, how about a medieval feast to see you through the week? Every evening from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25, the Stade Hall will be playing host to Feast of the Dead. Part banquet, part theatre, participants will be served an authentic 11th century three-course meal, while interacting with the ghosts of the battlefield. Tickets cost £25/£18, or £15 for the Wednesday preview, and vegetarian and vegan options are available. Book at: http://bit.ly/2cWPSHf.

Clash! – a choral spectacle
Saturday 24 September

Next weekend, don’t miss Clash!, a unique musical event involving seven local choirs, who will converge in the cathedral-like atrium of Sussex Coast College. Poets and spoken word artists have collaborated with composers from across the South East to create a musical ‘tapestry’ in response to the Bayeux Tapestry’s narration of the great Battle of 1066. Performances take place at 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 24 September. Tickets cost £7/£5 – go to barefootopera.com/tickets/clash-24th-sept.

Buoys Boys – new exhibition opens at the De La Warr
Opens Saturday 24 September

Leading British artist Fiona Banner presents an immersive installation exploring her ongoing interest in language and its limitations. The exhibition, which takes place both inside and outside of the De La Warr Pavilion, incorporates a series of inflatable full stops from different fonts blown up to human scale. The exhibition is open from Saturday 24 September to Sunday 8 January and entry is free.  There will be an artist’s talk at 11am on Saturday 24 September – tickets are £7/£5/£3.50 from dlwp.com.

DRIFT – how do you navigate a place?
Guided walk Saturday 24 September

This inclusive artwork that reveals how young people with complex needs experience the world in different ways. From now until Sunday 16 October, you can find sound and video installations at three different locations around the town – Warrior Square station ticket office, Bottle Alley, and in the East Hill Lift top station. Join participants for a free guided walk on Saturday 24 September – meet at Warrior Square Station at 11am.–

For more information on these events and many more, visit 1066contemporary.com.

ROOT 1066 International Festival has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, Arts Council England and the Coastal Communities Fund. For the latest news, follow @ROOT1066 on Twitter, or like facebook.com/ROOT1066.