This Year – 2012

Coastal Currents Visual Arts Festival 2012

8 September – 23 September

Coastal Currents returns in 2012 to showcase a wide-range of art exhibitions, performances and events throughout Hastings, St Leonards and Rother. This is an exciting time for cultural regeneration in Hastings with the opening of the Jerwood Gallery and the celebration of the Olympiad. Hastings’ cultural activity has attracted considerable attention over recent years, with works by Banksy and Ben Eine proving very popular with local residents and visitors.

Last years festival featured the large scale multi-site commission Spotlight, international artist-led project Interface and Promenade - a series of collectable postcards and posters by eight well-known artists with a local or coastal connection including: Maggi Hambling, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Billy Childish, Ben Eine, Iain Sinclair & Andrew Kötting, and Aardvark-on-Sea.

This year promises a wide variety of events, exhibitions and performances by local, regional and national artists. The festival team are in the initial stages of programming but as always the festival will involve a variety of events that are both open submission and curated by the festival team.

The ever popular Open Studios will run over weekends of 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 September, submissions are now closed – many thanks to everyone who is getting involved.


If you have any queries please get in touch on or call 07841757866.

Coastal Currents is organised and managed by Creative Coast with support from Hastings Borough Council.

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