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

Curated Programme

An introduction to the Curated Programme

Coastal Currents 2018 is currently in the planning stages. 

Each year Coastal Currents presents a wide range of work curated by a number of partners who all look at the notion of changing how we view our spaces.

Coastal Currents has been focusing on developing what it does best; programming accessible art in the form of exhibitions, performances, interventions, workshops and immersive experiences which all serve to help us look at our surroundings very differently. Reinvigorating spaces, creating venues from the ordinary and transforming perceptions of well known corners of the town, the Festival looks to enliven, surprise, question, inform and delight.

As well as bringing international artists into the town to encourage them to be inspired by the area and leave a legacy, the Festival takes its responsibility to our community very seriously, and have commissions available for local artists.

From the Opening Party to the lifeblood of the Festival, the Open Studios, Coastal Currents has something for everyone.

We will announce the programme in Summer 2018.

 

Get involved with Creative Workshops

Experimental drawing with Marie-Louise Miller. Extra-sensory perception – drawing through sense and sensibility. All materials provided. Experimental textiles taster with Janey Moffat. Try applique, heat transfer paints, free machine embroidery and dissolvable fabric. Create samples to

Baggage

This travelling and changing visual-art event, will be based in three places. Pop-up easels presented by Ultramarine Arts display a host of canvas based paint, photography and textiles art by local artists, our theme is ‘Movement’.

EMPIRE II

Following showings at Venice Biennale, in Hamburg & recently at Tallin Art Week in Estonia, EMPIRE II is a loop of short films on the theme of ANXIETY. The works of 80+ ARTISTS, 6 of whom

Through the Lens Festival of Photography

Through The Lens Festival Of Photography will be a week long festival that has an incredible mix of inspiring speakers. With new emerging photographic talent exhibiting alongside world class photographers. Where viewers can see contemporary photography

Capsule 1066

A diverse collection of work by artists based in or depicting Hastings & the 1066 Country region as a whole. The exhibition will be hosted by Sussex Framing Centre and curated by AlterEgoGallery.co.uk. Capsule 1066 will

Angelic Solo

Angelic Solo art and design brings energy and light from the natural world through mixed media: acrylics, inks, coffee, fabric conditioner and anything else that’s lying around! A fun exhibition in varying styles upstairs at the

Bernard McGuigan: Solo Sculpture Exhibition

Recent abstract stone sculpture shown in this beautiful, magical Georgian garden square overlooking the sea. Andrew Graham-Dixon wrote of him “McGuigan is an outstanding sculptor in stone”. bernardmcguigan56@gmail.com  bernard-mcguigan.co.uk 07984 959973 11am – 5pm

Shore Variations

Video Installation: A performer is on the shore beneath the chalk cliffs at Birling Gap. Over three days she moves with the tides in an intensely physical dialogue, probing what emerges at the confluence of material

No Fixed Edge

First screening and live musical performance of “No Fixed Edge”, a collaboration between Mark French and Elaine Edwards with Jenny Benwell. Curiously humanlike machines on which our lives depend, operating within marginal landscapes, provoke a filmic

Monumental

An exhibition of surreal paintings and drawings by local artist Katherine Reekie. Imagined scenes reflecting humanity’s need to create art in the landscape. From standing stones to topiary, the world is one big sculpture park. This

Children’s Reading: Annie & the Cloud

Join us for a live reading by local author Collette Freeman and illustrator Eleanore Booth of their new children’s book Annie and the Cloud. Follow the adventures of a little girl from Hastings who cannot sleep,

NURSING

Sensitive and revealing images that portray nurses in our local hospital, the Conquest, taken as they carry out their skilled and compassionate work. The exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. Photography by

Jane Sarre Ceramics

Contemporary servingware and tableware with clean-lined clarity, considered proportion and subtle texture.

Linda King

Linda King at home. ‘Guerrilla Folk Art’ inspired by: Folk/Romany/naïve art, icons, symbolism, neo-surrealism, home and garden…

Studio 19

Judith Douglas and Dee Harvey make colourful and vibrant ceramics, drawing on their respective backgrounds in textile and theatre design.

Anne Bertoluzzi

If you love unusual jewellery, step into Chapel House this September and find a world of vibrant colour, texture and enthusiasm. Venetian Bazaar has an eclectic mix that will not disappoint.

School House Studio – Elaine Baker

Oil on porcelain. Each item is hand painted or drawn using traditional and modern techniques and then kiln fired. Much of my inspiration comes from the garden or local countryside. Also some original paintings – acrylic on board and greetings cards.

Annie Soudain

I use images in my head and in the surrounding countryside for linoprints (various methods), paintings, and fabric and paper collages.

Anna Wilson-Patterson

Paintings, cushions, calendars, books & greeting cards inspired by the local coastline. Featuring huts, hounds & wild flowers.

Tim Riddihough

House, garden, and tower installations. Sculpture, ceramics and paintings.

Fairlight End Open Garden and Studio

Fairlight End garden, featured on BBC Gardeners World and Sussex Heritage Trust award winner will have a rare September opening which will include an opportunity to visit the studio…

Bill Watson, Angela Eames and Luiza Machado @ MORLEY FARM BARN STUDIO

Bill Watson – Sculptures. Angela Eames – Wall based works. Luiza Machado – Wall based works.

Brenda Hartill

Brenda will be showing a wide range of her works produced over 45 years, along with new unique abstract collages and mixed-media paintings. These include her embossed watercolours, encaustic wax and acrylic paintings. She is best known for her heavily embossed…

Self Comes to Mind – The Self Portrait in the Digital Age

Self Comes to Mind is not about looking in the mirror, nor is it restricted to traditional fine art practice. Implicit in the invitation to each of the participating 40 artists is a sense of intuition

The Hastings Show – A Creative Look at Our Town

An exhibition that features a photographer, a mirror designer, an artist and a furniture company. Celebrating all things Hastings – the eclectic architecture, colourful characters, ever changing coastline and our marvellous pier. Includes a programme of

Wallpaper Printing Weekend Workshop with Louise Body

Louise will guide you through the process of creating your own hand-printed wallpaper using block printing. You will learn how to turn your design into a half drop pattern repeat and then carve your design into

Getting into the Flow of Things

A special, fun, hands on workshop designed to help you develop your tools for creativity, insight and flow. Using mindfulness meditation combined with specially designed drawing techniques the workshop will lead you through how to access

Dancing to the Sounds of the Sea

Participate in a free movement session on the vast sands of the low tide (0.2m) at sunset, on Sunday September 9th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. All welcome. Meeting on Cinque Ports Way corner, National Cycle Network

Donna Seymour

Come to Listen is an audio-tour-esque exhibition of sound, curated by artist Donna Seymour, showcasing site specific sounds by musicians; Claudia Barton and Robin White. The event brings art out of the white cube, and into

elemental:autumn

2 artists, 4 elements, 6 workshops, 8 people: an experiential exploration of the elements through movement, site-specific artworks, poetry and meditation. Create a visual memoir of your elemental journey through earth, air, fire & water and

CONCERTO

Multimedia exhibition featuring photography and film from the 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. HIPCC is a world class piano concerto competition for international young concert pianists, and culminates in a two night final with the

SoCo Collect: Artist Led Tour

Fourteen members of SoCo Artists, a group of professional artists based in East Sussex, exhibit new work, made in response to items in the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery collections. Join the exhibition tour to see

Some Place Else …

Joe Packer and Oliver Crowther are two painters whose imagery is arrived at through an intuitive process of making. Individually they seek to harness the manipulations …

WAVELENGTHS

Nine contemporary artists interpret a fresh Virginia Woolf’s ‘streams of consciousness’ novels. Through installation work, sculpture, photography, sound and video these artists reveal how Woolf’s narrative, themes and concerns remain uncannily relevant to today.

Feet: an experimental installation by SoCo Artists and friends

Feet are the things that hold us upright and allow us mobility. They are on everything from tables and baths to snails (yes really!) and centipedes.

New Road Artists Open Studio

Over one evening & one day New Road Artists open their studios at Rye Creative Centre. A rare opportunity to view and buy a huge range of work, directly from the artists & makers including painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographer and textile artists.

PARK(ing) Day

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to transform pre-paid parking spaces into temporary micro parks: sites for generosity, expression, socialising and play.

GEKKA, Under The Moon

SEKI DANCE PROJECT returns to Hastings Museum with a new Butoh work. GEKKA is inspired by a 16th century Japanese Sumie painting ‘Gekka Shourin Zu’ depicting the offshore pine forest.

Art Stories

A volunteer causes trouble at the Jerwood Gallery. A member of the firing squad in Manet’s Execution (National Gallery) is changed forever.