Curated Events Open studios
Open Studios is at the very heart of the Coastal Currents Arts Festival.
Open Studios is an opportunity to see local artists and makers in the places and spaces where they live and work, either in their home or studio.
We have an incredible line-up of local artists, which reflects the pool of creative talent that lives and works in 1066 Country. From Battle to Udimore, taking in Bexhill, Hastings, East Hastings, St Leonards, Rye and Northiam.
Over the two Open Studios weekends you can follow the artists’ trail, explore the local area, talk to artists in their studios, make a purchase, commission a piece, or just browse.
1 September – 30 September 2018
[Open Studios: 1/2 and 8/9 September]
Click here for the studios in each area:
Explore anachronistic soundscapes that are triggered when viewing special vintage postcards, secretly encoded with ‘AR’ data, spectral models float from your smartphone’s camera.
Apparitions: St Leonards Pier & Hastings Memorial Installation is a self-selecting, inspirational, immersive art experience.
Apparitions: Alley is the first of 3 free events in September that we are hosting where we will show you how to explore the art on iPads and projections in the ‘Alley’ (also known as Rock Alley).
Meiso Lai is a contemporary mixed media artist and she uses different techniques and materials in her art.
Made from the remnants of Rosie Haze RX320, artist Nic Acaster has repurposed the oak structure, copper fittings and industrial steel to produce this free public art installation.
Peter Stimpson has many years’ experience as a professional designer working with big brands, corporate clients as well as with record labels and start-ups.
We showcase work from around the country and local artists too, and are proud to display work from emerging artists as well as those more established.
Original artworks from a group of local artists. Some exhibits will be offered for sale.
Art Studio 18 was opened in 2016 by Francis Ives, it is a small-scale affordable workspace for visual artists.
A series of wry, self-referential pencil drawings by artist and illustrator Alfie Bell, exploring the redundancy of the medium with humour and irony.
Visual Soundtrack To Your Life focuses on evocative record covers, echoing Leroy’s artistic footprints and exploring the emotional push-and-pull of music.
Experimental drawing with Marie-Louise Miller. Experimental textiles taster with Janey Moffat.
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’.
The works of 80+ ARTISTS, 6 of whom are based in Hastings/St Leonards and includes the much missed Danny Pockets.
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.
A diverse collection of work by artists based in or depicting Hastings & the 1066 Country region as a whole.
Lucy Dunn’s vibrant abstract paintings will be for sale, as well as prints and greetings cards, in the beautiful surroundings of an award winning eco-barn.
Works on paper, canvas and mixed media by Marc Venditto and Chris Hoggins and photographic works by B. M. Tree. Postcards, books, prints and badges will be available.
Julie and Cliff will be exhibiting in their new garden studio.
Hannah Griffiths is a mosaic artist and painter. She makes bespoke mosaics for public and private clients and has recently developed a range of beautiful jewellery using vintage china.
Samantha Guertin’s still lives are reminiscent of 17th century paintings.
A silkscreen print studio in St Leonards-on-Sea, run by designer and maker Deborah Bowness. The Studio will be open selling wallpaper and prints.
Contemporary English Slipware with a generous heart. Figurative pottery in many forms.
S47 Gallery celebrates individuality, freedom, creative expression, joy and the transactions of beauty.
Pelham’s fine furniture & ceramics was opened in 2016 by ceramicist Liz Emtage and furniture restorer & gilder Geoff Osler.
All are welcome to my studio where you can see work in progress (currently exploring my dark side…)
This year, alongside the screenprints and mixed media, Agata will showcase her photography for the first time.
The ArtWorks’ guest artist this year is Annabel Faraday, showcasing her unique ceramics.
As Nature Intended. Abstract and landscape paintings in oil and acrylic. Life drawing and painting in charcoal and oil.
A good range of subjects and techniques will be on show with an emphasis towards figurative drawing and painting.
Maria will be concentrating on depictions of Hastings/ St Leonards on Sea with its beautiful scenery, sky and seascapes.
Sarah Lynn Mayhew multidisciplinary artist. Surreal meticulously painted characters in oils and acrylics.
Painting, photography and printmaking which celebrate the local landscape and lollipop ladies.
PopArt paintings broadly based on what are generally known as cult movies featuring both image and text…
Abstract paintings with figurative overtures using colour as power and ambiguity as form to present a surface which questions assurances in reading shapes, colour, forms and materialities.
A collection of bronzes based on the figure and a series of sculptures inspired by the fragile beauty of Dungeness.
Mother and daughter collaboration showing drawings in mixed media and photographs.
Marie-Louise Miller will be showing paintings and drawings at her studio The Old Chemist alongside Super8 aficionado Mauricio Vincenzi.
In my paintings, I like to tell a story based on my everyday experience and imagination.
Come on in to this garden studio to view a collection of original oil paintings and prints, sculpture, jewellery, cards and accessories.
I am a figurative expressionist painter, influenced by artists such as Kossoff, Bacon and Chaim Soutine.
Three mixed media artists. Very different styles from traditional to surreal with a theme of bright colours through all work.
Penny Nice – My immediate environment, vibrant colours and a personal connection with the subject are a constant source of inspiration.
Kim Thrower, artist, has exhibited worldwide, London, Paris, New York and Sydney Australia.
Please come and look at a variety of student work and meet the staff and students at the new University Centre Hastings across our degree level full & part time courses.
Sophie Merryn Barnes is a talented young painter whose distorted studies of the human form show a maturity beyond her years.
An exhibition of drawings, photos, printed matter and paintings inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses and Hastings Bloomsday 2017 & 2018 together with 2 short films by Lucy Brennan Shiel showing over open studio weekends only.
Project Art Works opens during Coastal Currents with an exhibition showing the inclusive and collaborative nature of our studio.
Swedish born sculptor and process manager at Bronze Age Sculpture Foundry London.
This extraordinary space is situated in St Helen’s Woods, a historic 104 acre nature reserve.
Work of the late Roland Jarvis. A selection of fantastic paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings are displayed in his unique 48 foot chapel where he lived and worked for over 35 years.
A unique space in the heart of Hastings Old Town. Anna Pontonutti, oil and acrylic paintings, prints and cards. Siobhan Tanner, oil paintings and collage.
Paintings and prints by Claire Fletcher, collages and assemblages by Peter Quinnell.
Roll up, roll up! Amy Fellows will be popping up in Half Sovereign Cottage next to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum.
Working with homemade willow charcoal and pencil, Dominic has a passion for wildlife, wild landscapes and seascapes.
Mark Eason is an obsessive painter of fish netted by Hastings fisherman: whatever they catch, he paints.
We are an Hastings/East London-based photography collective. We have individual practices that often tell stories around themes important to us, including family, time, journey, the environment and social issues.
Five West Hill artists, over two Studios, featuring a collection of prints, paintings and jewellery.
Five West Hill artists, over two Studios, featuring a collection of prints, paintings and jewellery.
Happening at the hilltop hotspot – delicious home-made lunches, cream teas, coffee and cake, tables in the garden and the bar open for your favourite tipple, plus an eclectic mix of artistry to peruse.
Having learnt traditional leatherworking at the Cordwainers College in London, Paul Hope has set up a small leatherworking studio in Hastings.
Common Mormon Studios is a new studio building on Mount Pleasant Road, a short walk from Alexandra Park & Ore Station.
Brenda Hartill will be running a demonstration and Artist Talk at her open studio in Rye.
Angelic Solo art and design brings energy and light from the natural world through mixed media.
Recent abstract stone sculpture shown in this beautiful, magical Georgian garden square overlooking the sea.
Theatre Nation: Weill bodies – Bittersweet cabaret featuring songs and poems from Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill.
Family friendly creative activities hosted by the De La Warr Pavilion Learning & Participation Team.
Curiously humanlike machines on which our lives depend, operating within marginal landscapes, provoke a filmic and musical response.
Follow the adventures of a little girl from Hastings who cannot sleep, until something takes her out of town…
Sensitive and revealing images that portray nurses in our local hospital, the Conquest, taken as they carry out their skilled and compassionate work.
Contemporary servingware and tableware with clean-lined clarity, considered proportion and subtle texture.
Linda King at home. ‘Guerrilla Folk Art’ inspired by: Folk/Romany/naïve art, icons, symbolism, neo-surrealism, home and garden…
Judith Douglas and Dee Harvey make colourful and vibrant ceramics, drawing on their respective backgrounds in textile and theatre design.
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.
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.
I use images in my head and in the surrounding countryside for linoprints (various methods), paintings, and fabric and paper collages.
Paintings, cushions, calendars, books & greeting cards inspired by the local coastline. Featuring huts, hounds & wild flowers.
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 – Sculptures. Angela Eames – Wall based works. Luiza Machado – Wall based works.
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 is not about looking in the mirror, nor is it restricted to traditional fine art practice.
Includes a programme of associated talks, films and workshops. John Cole, Alison Purdy, Stewart Walton, Harbor Furniture.
You will learn how to turn your design into a half drop pattern repeat and then carve your design into Lino.
A special, fun, hands on workshop designed to help you develop your tools for creativity, insight and flow.
Participate in a free movement session on the vast sands of the low tide
The event brings art out of the white cube, and into the public sphere for the ultimate inclusive exhibition.
Site-specific workshops include gentle walking on uneven terrain, so suitable for moderate level of fitness and mobility.
Multimedia exhibition featuring photography and film from the 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.
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.
Joe Packer and Oliver Crowther are two painters whose imagery is arrived at through an intuitive process of making.
Nine contemporary artists interpret a fresh Virginia Woolf’s ‘streams of consciousness’ novels.
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.
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 is an annual global event where artists, activists and citizens collaborate to transform pre-paid parking spaces into temporary micro parks.