1-30 September 2018
[Open Studios 1/2 and 8/9 Sep]

Coastal Currents 2018

Currently in the planning stages – Coastal Currents 2018 will take place throughout the month of September. Put the date in your diaries now.

Opening Party

1st September

St Mary in the Castle
8pm until 10pm – FREE
Curated by Sweet and Dandy and Caleb Madden
Free welcome “somethingorother”
Capacity limited so first come first served

An immersive night of surprises – more to be revealed over the coming weeks…

AFTER PARTY at The Printworks
9pm – until late – FREE
with DJ Statis BEATNIK
Join us for late night dancing to open the Festival in style.

Masonic Hall

Download the Brochure

SIREN by Ray Lee

SIREN by Ray Lee
St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings, TN34 3AF
Thursday 14 September, 8pm BOOK NOW
Friday 15 September, 8pm BOOK NOW
Saturday 16 September, 6pm BOOK NOW
Saturday 16 September, 8pm BOOK NOW
Capacity limited per session so please book in advance so as not to be disappointed.

Sited within the atmospheric auditorium of St Mary in The Castle, Ray Lee’s award-winning Siren is a whirling, spinning spectacle of mechanical movement, electronic sound and light featuring a forest of large metal tripods, whose rotating arms emit an extraordinary
chorus of pulsing electronic drones.

Silent performers move within the mass of swirling metal, operating their machines and tuning electronic oscillators to change the musical composition while dodging and ducking the spinning arms.

The closeness of the tripods’ tuning sets off a series of amazing overtones that evoke the sense of an ethereal choir. As the audience move freely around the installation the sound
pulses past them creating a hypnotic sound world and a compelling visual image.

Ray Lee is a composer, artist, and performer. He was awarded British Composer of the Year for Sonic Art in 2012. Lee’s work investigates his fascination with the hidden world of electromagnetic radiation and in particular how sound can be used as evidence of invisible phenomena. He is interested in the way that science and philosophy represent the universe. He creates spinning, whirling, and pendulous sound installations that explore “circles of
ether,” the invisible forces that surround us.


Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva

image by Alexander Brattell

Reoccurring Undulation VI, 2017
Shipwreck Museum, Rock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings, TN34 3DW

Private View: Saturday 2 September 6-8pm
Exhibition runs from Saturday 2 September to Sunday 1 October

The internationally acclaimed Macedonian artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva will showcase Reoccurring Undulation VI at the Shipwreck Museum in Rock-a-Nore. Reoccurring Undulation is made from fi sh skin tiles and was originally commissioned for Towner, in Eastbourne, as part of Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive (2011).

Reoccurring Undulation VI, 2017 by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva. Part of Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings UK, September 2017. Image by Alexander Brattell

The material was selected through a process of engagement with the locality, its landscape and history. Membranes and skins are recurring obsessions in Elpida’s work, taking dead waste materials and transforming them through repetition into new artefacts that demonstrate the latent beauty of this discarded matter. Elpida often endures weeks/months of repetitive and nauseating labour to create her work. It is precisely this repetition that creates an imaginative space, opens up possibilities and allows the work to evolve.

Reoccurring Undulation VI, 2017 by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva. Part of Coastal Currents Arts Festival, Hastings UK, September 2017.
Image by Alexander Brattell

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva presented Haruspex commissioned by the Vatican, as part of the Pavilion of the Holy See, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.
Other recent exhibitions include: Angels and Animal Delights, St John’s Waterloo, London; An Intimate Gaze, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Making Beauty, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (2016).

Public collections include The Vatican; Office of Public Works, Ireland; Križanke, Ljubljana; Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Napoli, Italy; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Osten, Skopje, Macedonia and New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge.

Greg Shapter


Single Point Perspective piece
Throughout the Festival
Greg Shapter is a sculptor who grew up in the small artist community Carmel. Surrounded by art and like-minded individuals he was always interested in finding new ways to express concepts already familiar to the viewer, thus encouraging him or her to re-evaluate that concept.

Originally working with 2D mediums such as pencil, pen, ink and paint, he found them limiting so looked to use materials such as wood, concrete, glass, plastic, and fiberglass instead as mediums of 3D sculpture. Added to this, Shapter developed a great interest in techniques that emit light, such as neon tubing, LED’s, lasers, and even fire.

Commissioned with filling a derelict wall whilst being immersed in the vibrant architectural industry in London, Shapter created a new type of public art piece set on different planes which he called ‘Single Point Perspective’.

Coastal Currents has commissioned Shapter to create a new site-specific piece which will be installed in the Silverhill area. Keep your eyes peeled.


Hear Now – An evening with Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston

An evening with Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston
Kino-Teatr, Baker Mamonova Gallery, Norman Road,
St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0EQ
*Friday 22 September, 8pm
Seats limited so reservation is a must.

If you have tickets you will not be making use of please email admin@sweetanddandy.co.uk so we can pass them on.

A new film by Mark French featuring a legendary performance by musicians Trevor Watts, Veryan Weston, Hannah Marshall and Alison Blunt. Recorded at Café Oto earlier this year and re-mixed by Trevor to make an extraordinary new piece of music.
This is followed by a live performance of Trevor & Veryan’s “Quantum Illusion” project. As a duo they have been at the cutting-edge of improvised music for many decades, from Trevor’s inception of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the 60’s to recent collaborations demonstrated in the accompanying film.

Free music at its most visceral and tender, a roller coaster ride of note perfect emotions.

* The date of this event was mistakenly listed as Thursday not Friday in the brochure. The date listed here is correct, please accept our apologies for the oversight.

ZEROH – Wavelength


Bottle Alley, Hastings/St Leonards seafront, TN37 6BZ
Launching on Friday 1st September
Throughout the Festival

Wavelength will be a site specific visual experiment in Bottle Alley, a unique space that joins Hastings with St Leonards and one now synonymous with ZEROH and Coastal Currents
after the success of Point of Decay in 2015.

A half mile long and subterranean, its position and narrow width provide an acute sense of perspective. Generally under-used, this space is an inspired example of recreational
beach-side architecture that we will reinvigorate once again.

This piece will colourise the entire length of the space, creating a bold, immersive installation that attempts to challenge the user experience transporting you from a un-conventional walk way into an environment designed to evoke an emotional response.

Wavelength will focus on interaction and response from the linear bound audience as they cut through a changing colour landscape of concrete and beach. The piece will be animated by the audiences passage through the space as the columns create coloured frames of the seascape. An attempt at forging mood and contemplation within a tonally adjusted space. The concrete walls and ceiling will be subject to a myriad of subtle changes as the light of the day develops and reflects the colours onto the hard white concrete.

The piece will also challenge the notion of permanence, while Point of Decay was designed to break down and decay as a result of the bracing coastal weather, the longevity and permanence of this piece will be defined by how the piece is perceived and embraced by our community and whether or not a piece of this scale does have a permanent place in our
rapidly changing traditional sea side town.

Wavelength will challenge conventional attitudes and create a debate about its own life span, we welcome this discussion as it prompts wider questions about the presence and role
of permanent art in Hastings.


BEASTIE by Lone Twin

BEASTIE by Lone Twin
There’s a creature on the loose in Hastings
Stade Hall, 20 Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings, TN34 3DW
Let your children’s imaginations run wild at this fantastic kids workshop

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September – £6

Six special workshops for kids:
Saturday 2nd September 10 – 11.30am BOOK HERE
Saturday 2nd September 1 – 2.30pm BOOK HERE
Saturday 2nd September 4 – 5.30pm BOOK HERE

Sunday 3rd September 10 – 11.30am BOOK HERE
Sunday 3rd September 1 – 2.30pm BOOK HERE
Sunday 3rd September 4 – 5.30pm BOOK HERE
Capacity is limited to just 12 per workshop so book in advance.

Who’s that hiding around the corner?
What’s that moving on the beach?
Did you just see what I saw?

Take a magical adventure with Lone Twin who last visited Hastings with their spectacular
Boat Project in 2013.

Inspired by the imagination of young people, Beastie is an innovative participatory performance for children aged 6 – 10.

Beastie is a special experience for children only, so parents will need to drop off their child at the Stade Hall (the starting location) and then pick them up 90 minutes later. The kids
share a jaw-dropping secret and take charge as they create their own stories and explore their surroundings hand-in-hand with a very special new friend.

The result is a playful, active and engaging experience for small groups of 12 children, accompanied by chaperones at all times. Beastie outings will involve the children going outside so please provide appropriate clothing and dress for the weather!

Directed by Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters, Lone Twin are acclaimed for making an ever diverse range of intimate, hopeful and entertaining projects. Beastie combines this extensive theatrical experience with Gregg and Gary’s work writing for children’s television.