Coastal Currents


Curated Events Open studios

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.


Barefoot Opera presents Giaccomo Rossini’s Cenerentola

The classic tale of Cinderella, with a sparkling new twist, delivered by outstanding newly emerging singers.

BFI NETWORK – Hastings Takeover

BFI NETWORK South East presents a series of events at the Electric Palace cinema, designed to get local creative residents feeling curious and inspired about making short films.

Lucy Wertheim at the Towner Gallery

Installation view, A Life in Art: Lucy Wertheim, Patron, Collector, Gallerist. Photo by James Bellorini. A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group A Life in Art & Reuniting the Twenties Group — two

OIKOS – Electro Studios

Artists include: Babalola Yusuf | Daisy Stewart-Darling | Maya Ramnarine | Ollie Williams
Mara Ukairo-Morris | Ethan Kirby | Ellie Jewell | Evie Ukairo-Morris | Hayden Ackerley
Joe Ackerley | Lily Dixon | May Mayo | Rosie Sullivian | Tom Healey | Franky Cordell

St Leonards Ceramics Studio

36 Marina, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0BU 8 – 9 October 11am-4pm Celebrating one year since opening, St Leonards Ceramic Studio is hosting its first open studio and sale of pottery made by the students,

Soul Of The Sea

Local artist Nathalie Frost and musician Richard Reinhardt’s collaborative work celebrates the coast and the enduring yet ever-changing nature of the sea.

Sonic Fair

Sonic enthusiasts Lifesize and their France based partners BrutPop specialise in creating accessible, inclusive, and low-cost music making tools and activities.

Objects from the id’ XVII

Group of artists: Phillip Cosham, Tim Riddihough, Siobhan Tanner, Anna Thomson, Fi Brown plus invited artists.

Colden Drystone

Play like there’s no opposition
An exhibition of recent work by the multi disciplinary artist and musician Colden Drystone. Colden paints and collages on glass, carves into stone slabs, creates golden panels with clay, makes short films with original compositions and produces pop music and live performance pieces.

Pattern Up

Pattern Up is a revolutionary youth lead movement, raising awareness around child exploitation through art, fashion, and performing arts. This fringe event is a multi-art medium exhibition and performance depicting messages around mental health.

Upon Waking

The Dirty Old Gallery, 31a West Street, Hastings, TN34 3AN 2 September – 3 October Private View: 2 September, 6pm New works by local artist William Shepherd presented by The Museum of Us Hastings & St

Mark Shepherd

Born east of the River Severn, under the shadows of the Malvern hills, in Worcester in the late 70’s, Shepherds’ process tends towards automatism, often driven from a spontaneous impulse to make primal marks, composed using a well-honed toolbox of mark making techniques, broad palette, and a passion for texture. Receptive to serendipity, Mark will arrive at his destination – but instant art this is not; this is art that reveals itself gradually.

Jo McAllister

Join jeweller Jo McAllister to think, make and work metal on the beach. Explore your creative flow. Make a silver tool or amulet. Breathe the fresh air. Feel connected with land and sea. Look at things differently; consider, select and design. Find tools at your feet. Work silver on the beach. Refine and reflect back in the workshop.

Rock Against Racism

(RAR) 1976-82, co-curated by Rock Against Racism – Research ‘n’ Archive Project and
South Coast Squared featuring a new work by artist Larry Achiampong created in response
to the sounds, visuals and ethos of RAR; new RAR-RAP commissioned film interviews with
RAR activists by SCSQ and contributions from the Bass Culture Archive.