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

Open Studios

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:







Shopkeepers of the world

Based on the idea that the charity shop is the archive of the community, four artists have been working with staff, volunteers, objects and stories to create a trail of artworks that highlight and celebrate the


Video portraits by Malcolm Glover.

Apparitions in Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum

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

Apparitions: St Leonards Pier & Hastings Memorial Installation is a self-selecting, inspirational, immersive art experience.

Apparitions: Alley

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).

Word into Art

Meiso Lai is a contemporary mixed media artist and she uses different techniques and materials in her art.

Boats & Bones, (art installation) by Nic Acaster

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.

Plastication Imagination

Hastings Promenade, somewhere between Rock a Nore and Grosvenor Gardens.

Is Design Art?

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.

See Spray Gallery

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.

Sarah’s Art Group

Original artworks from a group of local artists. Some exhibits will be offered for sale.

Art Studio 18

Art Studio 18 was opened in 2016 by Francis Ives, it is a small-scale affordable workspace for visual artists.

How to Draw Books on Cassette

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

Visual Soundtrack To Your Life focuses on evocative record covers, echoing Leroy’s artistic footprints and exploring the emotional push-and-pull of music.

Cart of Wonders

See website for dates and locations…

Memorial Device

A multimedia group exhibition exploring the concept of memory tokenisation.

Get involved with Creative Workshops

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

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.

Capsule 1066

A diverse collection of work by artists based in or depicting Hastings & the 1066 Country region as a whole.

Old Byres Studio – Lucy Dunn

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.

Sundogs Studio

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 & Cliff Willard Glass & Photography

Julie and Cliff will be exhibiting in their new garden studio.

Hannah Griffiths Mosaics

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.

Powell-Jones, Deller, Miller

Private View 31 Aug 7:30 – 9:30pm

The Education Centre, Pestalozzi

Samantha Guertin’s still lives are reminiscent of 17th century paintings.

The Print Room

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.

Jo McAllister

Sumptuously textured jewellery hand made in fine silver and high carat gold.

Scott Garrett at OPEN by I LOVE MEL

Contemporary English Slipware with a generous heart. Figurative pottery in many forms.

Omega Studio

Alexis Mary ~ Ceramicist & Sculptor
Exhibiting at Omega Studio

S47 Gallery

S47 Gallery celebrates individuality, freedom, creative expression, joy and the transactions of beauty.

Pelham’s Fine Furniture & Ceramics

Pelham’s fine furniture & ceramics was opened in 2016 by ceramicist Liz Emtage and furniture restorer & gilder Geoff Osler.

Dan’s Garage

All are welcome to my studio where you can see work in progress (currently exploring my dark side…)

Agata Read

This year, alongside the screenprints and mixed media, Agata will showcase her photography for the first time.

The ArtWorks

The ArtWorks’ guest artist this year is Annabel Faraday, showcasing her unique ceramics.

In My Back Yard

As Nature Intended. Abstract and landscape paintings in oil and acrylic. Life drawing and painting in charcoal and oil.

Bruce Holdsworth

A good range of subjects and techniques will be on show with an emphasis towards figurative drawing and painting.

Hannah Kynoch – Beach Hut No.4

Hannah’s recent work deals with ‘Personal Point of View’.

Marina Studios

Basement gallery accessible from the back of 41 Marina opposite Azur.

Maria O’Neill

Maria will be concentrating on depictions of Hastings/ St Leonards on Sea with its beautiful scenery, sky and seascapes.

SLM art

Sarah Lynn Mayhew multidisciplinary artist. Surreal meticulously painted characters in oils and acrylics.

Louise Whitham

Painting, photography and printmaking which celebrate the local landscape and lollipop ladies.

Beach Hut No 2

Works based on the figure and landscape with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Alex Leadbeater – The Muse

Paintings, prints and cards of the sea and its treasures.

Cribb & Hammer

Cribb & Hammer offer design & bespoke carpentry solutions for homes…

Oska Lappin & Killin_tømas

Oska Lappin & Killin_tømas

Ray Gange

PopArt paintings broadly based on what are generally known as cult movies featuring both image and text…

Susan Taylor

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.

Robyn Neild Sculpture

A collection of bronzes based on the figure and a series of sculptures inspired by the fragile beauty of Dungeness.

Beach Hut 10

Much can happen in a beach hut by the sea.

Janet Lutkin Beach Hut

I began painting in the 1980’s and it became a passion.

Beach Hut 123

Add your voice to a new archive of coastal stories from the area.

Garden Studios

Drawings and oil paintings inspired by the sea, the cliffs, and where they meet.

One The Lawn

Rachel Lever, Katia Giordanella, Mara Garati and Wendy Smith.

Prue Theobalds and Kate Thurston

Mother and daughter collaboration showing drawings in mixed media and photographs.

Emma Hundleby

Original oil paintings and prints by Emma Hundleby will be on display.

Miller Vincenzi

Marie-Louise Miller will be showing paintings and drawings at her studio The Old Chemist alongside Super8 aficionado Mauricio Vincenzi.

Agnieszka Dabrowska

In my paintings, I like to tell a story based on my everyday experience and imagination.

George Robertson

My subjects are often taken from local East Sussex scenery.

J Mackinnon, J Coath & C Scawin

Come on in to this garden studio to view a collection of original oil paintings and prints, sculpture, jewellery, cards and accessories.

Bruce Williams

I am a figurative expressionist painter, influenced by artists such as Kossoff, Bacon and Chaim Soutine.

Bachène / Harman / Hayes

Three mixed media artists. Very different styles from traditional to surreal with a theme of bright colours through all work.

Beach Hut 33

Penny Nice – My immediate environment, vibrant colours and a personal connection with the subject are a constant source of inspiration.

6 The Green

Showing work across three floors.

Surburbia – Kim Thrower

Kim Thrower, artist, has exhibited worldwide, London, Paris, New York and Sydney Australia.

University Centre Hastings

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.

The Sugar House

Sophie Merryn Barnes is a talented young painter whose distorted studies of the human form show a maturity beyond her years.

Cafe Grand Rue de Pera

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.

Par Dé

Par Dé aims to build a dynamic, fair and sustainable company…

Project Art Works

Project Art Works opens during Coastal Currents with an exhibition showing the inclusive and collaborative nature of our studio.

Healey Design

A selection of automatic drawings and paintings with abstract gnostic themes.

Urban Theorem – Alexander Lumsden

Swedish born sculptor and process manager at Bronze Age Sculpture Foundry London.

Rob & Lara

Rob Wass and Lara Hailey co-exhibit.

Ad Hock Studio

This extraordinary space is situated in St Helen’s Woods, a historic 104 acre nature reserve.

Britannia Enterprise Centre

15 fabulous makers/designers/artists

Ore Place Farmhouse

Joanna Sheldon and Julia Hilton co-exhibit their work.

Tackleway Hall Studio

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.

Oak Passage Studios

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.

Black Winkle Studio

Paintings and prints by Claire Fletcher, collages and assemblages by Peter Quinnell.

The Workship and Incurva Studios

Art on West Street…

Half Sovereign Cottage

Roll up, roll up! Amy Fellows will be popping up in Half Sovereign Cottage next to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum.

Dominic Zwemmer

Working with homemade willow charcoal and pencil, Dominic has a passion for wildlife, wild landscapes and seascapes.

Mark Eason Art

Mark Eason is an obsessive painter of fish netted by Hastings fisherman: whatever they catch, he paints.

a&e photobooks at roadfactory studios

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.

West Hill Artists – Number 9

Five West Hill artists, over two Studios, featuring a collection of prints, paintings and jewellery.

West Hill Artists – Number 102

Five West Hill artists, over two Studios, featuring a collection of prints, paintings and jewellery.

Chris Sherman Fine Art

Fine art painting, sculpture and oil on canvas.

The Beacon

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.

Leatherwork Studio

Having learnt traditional leatherworking at the Cordwainers College in London, Paul Hope has set up a small leatherworking studio in Hastings.

Jill Hartman

Still life in the landscape best describes Jill’s oil paintings and watercolours.

Common Mormon Studios

Common Mormon Studios is a new studio building on Mount Pleasant Road, a short walk from Alexandra Park & Ore Station.

BRENDA HARTILL – Demo & Artists Talk

Brenda Hartill will be running a demonstration and Artist Talk at her open studio in Rye.

Angelic Solo

Angelic Solo art and design brings energy and light from the natural world through mixed media.

Bernard McGuigan: Solo Sculpture Exhibition

Recent abstract stone sculpture shown in this beautiful, magical Georgian garden square overlooking the sea.

Belonging Bandstand – Barefoot Opera

Enjoy watching Barefoot Opera rehearse and prepare for CARMEN

Belonging Bandstand – Theatre Nation

Theatre Nation: Weill bodies – Bittersweet cabaret featuring songs and poems from Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill.

Belonging Bandstand – De La Warr Pavilion

Family friendly creative activities hosted by the De La Warr Pavilion Learning & Participation Team.

Shore Variations

A performer is on the shore beneath the chalk cliffs at Birling Gap.

No Fixed Edge

Curiously humanlike machines on which our lives depend, operating within marginal landscapes, provoke a filmic and musical response.


Imagined scenes reflecting humanity’s need to create art in the landscape.

Phillip Volkers – Dust to Dawn

A photographic adventure at Burning Man.

Children’s Reading: Annie & the Cloud

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.

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.

The Hastings Show – A Creative Look at Our Town

Includes a programme of associated talks, films and workshops. John Cole, Alison Purdy, Stewart Walton, Harbor Furniture.

Wallpaper Printing Weekend Workshop with Louise Body

You will learn how to turn your design into a half drop pattern repeat and then carve your design into Lino.

Getting into the Flow of Things

A special, fun, hands on workshop designed to help you develop your tools for creativity, insight and flow.

Dancing to the Sounds of the Sea

Participate in a free movement session on the vast sands of the low tide

Donna Seymour

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.

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.

Some Place Else …

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: 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

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.

GEKKA, Under The Moon

SEKI DANCE PROJECT returns to Hastings Museum with a new Butoh work.

Art Stories

A volunteer causes trouble at the Jerwood Gallery…