Coastal Currents

Events

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In this section you will find workshops, performances, films and exhibitions in shops, on the seafront, on the streets as well as in galleries, museums, art venues and cinemas.

Please use our map to help guide you to all the events and exhibitions happening during the Festival.

The following posts contain community listings that are not funded or organised by Coastal Currents. We cannot be held responsible for accident or injury at events and activities organised by external individuals and groups during Coastal Currents.

The Vaults – Observer Building

]The Vaults, Gotham Alley Hastings. A project by Jamie Barnes & Tiger-Lily Martinez for East Sussex College Hastings.   The Vaults is the newly branded exhibition managed and curated by students from East Sussex College as

The Art of the Seaside Postcard plus Dennis Lucas, Hastings Potter

The Art of the Seaside Postcard Featuring examples of the original artwork for saucy postcards from the early/mid twentieth century, including the work of Donald McGill. Very politically incorrect …

Aground: Foundered

To be haunted by the drowned cries of a child, carried on the threatening gale, beneath the surge and shifting shingle, is to abjure the undying romance of the surrounding sea …

Crab Hands

A rare opportunity to peer at the proprietors’ artistic endeavours, Eel & Bear presents a tiny little exhibition of Sussex landscape photographs and curious abstract oil paintings by Mary Redmond and Nick Richards.

Danny Pockets Houses Of The Holy

An exhibition of Danny Pocket’s Limited Edition Prints. Proceeds from sales in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Exhibition runs until Saturday 5 October.

Days of The Lake

Days of The Lake is an exhibition of the most recent paintings and drawings by artist Victoria Kiff . To include large scale figure landscapes and abstracts in oils alongside Kiff ’s drawings on cotton rag …

Humanity Station

Fumico Azuma (Japan), Tim Can (UK). Found objects and a conscience feed two and three dimensional constructions, illustrations from the box of humanity. Utilitarian, provoking and open to …

INDIA Malcolm Glover

World premiere of international photographic artist Malcolm Glover’s video installation, ‘Breathe’: portraits of Indian glass factory workers within the chaotic environment of their workplace …

Molly Anne Barrett and Megan Donfrancesco Reddy

An exhibition of two local artists and their contrasting work. Molly’s paintings move between the microscopic and macroscopic creating abstract forms and landscapes that challenge our sense of …

Plastication Imagination

Plastication Imagination returns to the seafront with a second exhibition of images to inspire love, care and celebration of our beautiful seas, beaches and fellow beings. Between Rock-a-Nore and Grosvenor Gardens …

Reasons to be Cheerful

Textile pieces that celebrate small things that bring happiness in the mad world that we inhabit.

SUB/MISSION

The SUB/MISSION exhibition will showcase the work of Michelle Mildenhall who has thrilled, shocked and tantalised the art world with her provocative and subversive latex art works …

The art of a natural home

Homeware and lifestyle store, Reste, is exploring the creative connection between the natural world and our homes. Contact with nature has been linked to reduced stress levels; bringing the natural world …

The Dirty Old Gallery

Showing together for the first time, the artists behind The Dirty Old Gallery will be presenting a mixed media exhibition around the concept of ‘Family’. With Megan Donfrancesco Reddy showcasing her …

Schools Project

Working with artist James Byford schools in Bexhill from primary through to the college, have held a series of workshops to consider the issues raised by plastics and create …

Love on The Lawn

Bernard McGuigan’s solo sculpture exhibition of selected figurative pieces in this beautiful garden square. Philanthropist Sir Christopher Ondaatje said “I have been a collector and admirer of McGuigan’s work …

Unspoken

Now we are 7, an established group of artists present a diverse mix of works exploring the concept of the unspoken. The exhibition includes, installation, sculpture, painting and …

Look-Think-Make

Drop-in family friendly creative activities inspired by the exhibition programme, with support from DLWP team and volunteers.

Susan Elliott Mosaics

An exhibition of recycled and reassembled ceramic, mosaic artefacts by Susan Elliott, as guest artist with Caroline Morris. Using resin skulls, candlesticks and wall pieces, Susan envelops them in ceramic hedgerows filled with …

Life On The Borders

An exhibition of collage art by Vanessa Farinha and photographic works by Georgina Cook. As well as life on the physical and metaphorical fringes, the works explore liminal spaces, migration and the multiplicitous identity …

Rising Talent

Hastings Arts Forum is delighted to host its annual Rising Talent exhibition showcasing a range of work by selected young and emerging artists. Enjoy fresh and stimulating work from the new generation …

Zoom Arts presents Nick Hill at Oscar’s

This solo show by Nick Hill is a selection of mainly recent paintings. His style is as ever colourful, psychedelic and at times darkly surreal …

PEOPLE AND PLACE – a creative response to the Observer Building’s evolution

The Observer Building (OB) is an iconic, much-loved building in Hastings with rich heritage and surprising spaces. During its 34 years of dereliction, it remained neglected and unproductive …

Exhibition Tour

FREE. Join a member of the De La Warr Pavilion team plus special guests as they share their perspective on How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s and Lauren Godfrey: Group Hat.

The Alley Pocket Garden Picnic

Join us for a Grand Picnic preview of The Alley and Harper’s Caves as we turn this space into a pocket park and arts space. Help us dig or plant, throw in ideas, see the new gates, peer into caves and buy a …

Hope in the Absurd A Workshop

This experiential arts workshop will take you on a journey into the world of the Czech writer Franz Kafka. Together we will explore ‘hope in the absurd’ through the lens of literature and philosophy …

Madeleine Pledge – Stretch

London based artist Madeleine Pledge presents their first solo exhibition in the south east of England.

Objects from the id XIV

Group of artists; Phillip Cosham, Nigel Plumb, Tim Riddihough, Steve Rutter, Siobhan Tanner, Anna Thomson plus invited artists. This diverse group return in 2019 with even more findings from their seemingly limitless imaginations …

W.Ave ARTS FESTIVAL

Come join us @W.Ave street art festival, where you can enjoy and purchase local artists work, listen to some music and relax.

TIME TO STAND AND STARE

Join RUNWAY artists Roz Cran + Sharon Haward for their 10th art intervention. The art walk will start at Hastings Pier and end on the roof terrace of the De La Warr Pavilion …

ROLAND JARVIS – ART

Exhibition and sale of drawings, prints and paintings by the late Roland Jarvis, superb artist who died aged 90 in 2016. A multi talented and well known Old Town character …

Jungle Jam

Step into a neon jungle, and immerse yourself in an alien world. Artists Kate Bruce, Drew Copus & Jodie Dean are teaming up to transform the upstairs of Crowleys bar …

CONFLUX

“Conflux”- a collaboration between sculptors Sean Cronin & Pat Seaman. Whilst setting the world to rights over a few golden beers one night, Sean & Pat realised they shared a profound …

Drawing Northeye

A guided walk and drawing event exploring the ‘lost’ medieval village of Northeye. A rare chance to help document this protected space using experimental creative drawing techniques …

Thinking Through Darning

FREE, or pay what you can. Bring an item of clothing that needs mending and share stories about how our everyday habits, routines and rituals leave their imprints on our garments …

Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds has come to Hastings! Sofar Sounds was created to reimagine the live event experience through curated, intimate performances in 437 cities around the world.

The Reekie Collection Caroline Morris Millinery and Art

In this collection of intriguing paintings, Katherine Reekie explores our fascination with nature’s curiosities – unfamiliar organic forms have been preserved and presented for us to gaze upon …

Open Studios – Rye Creative Centre

Over one evening and one day New Road Artists open their studios at Rye Creative Centre. This is your annual opportunity to view & buy a huge range of work directly from all the artists and makers …

Sustainability on Sea festival

The Sustainability on Sea (SOS) festival presents a rich and varied programme of activities and events culminating with an all day Big Green Fair at the Stade on Sept 29 …

The Room is the Limit – Amanda Kyritsopoulou

Athens born Amanda Kyritsopoulou will present their first solo exhibition at Flatland Projects inside the Source BMX Park, Hastings.

Analogue Objects

One day event exploring visual music using electronic systems. Two dimensional animated sound objects, which you can see and hear. Images are created by synthesising signal shapes …

Amplified Edition

Award winning H2DANCE brings their celebrated performance work to Hastings for the first time with this fascinating exploration of hierarchy, power relationships and codependency …

Renee S0

An exhibition of new ceramic and textile works by Renee So, created during a residency at West Dean College, responding to an invitation to mark the Bauhaus centenary …

Mikhail Karikis

A major new moving image commission by artist Mikhail Karikis will explore the power of nonverbal communication, made in conversation with neurodiverse artists …

David Nash: 200 Seasons

One of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions of David Nash’s work presented in England. The exhibition is a major survey of Nash’s career from the late 1960s to the present day …

Afrikaba 2019

One of the biggest stars in world music, Kanda revolutionised Soukous with mesmerizing guitar solos. Driven by optimism and happiness, Kanda’s performances are exhilarating, energetic and rooted in Congolese tradition …

All My Best Ideas Ever

All My Best Ideas Ever – an illustration exhibition of hand painted originals by local Hastings illustrator Nathan James Page, hosted by The Imperial (passionate purveyors of beer and pizza).