Coastal Currents

Open Studios

Curated Events Open studios

31 August/1 September and 7/8 September

Open Studios is at the very heart of the Coastal Currents Arts Festival, 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 pool of creative talent that lives and works in 1066 Country. From Seaford to Winchelsea, taking in Eastborne, Battle, Bexhill, Hastings, Fairlight, St Leonards, Rye and Pett.

Over the Open Studios weekends you can follow the artists’ trails, explore the local area, talk to artists in their studios, make a purchase, commission a piece, or just browse.

Please use our maps to help guide you to the artists trails 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.

 

Elizabeth Duckett

My name is Elizabeth Duckett, I am 12 years old and I have a passion for sewing. I enjoy creating things that make other people happy…

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

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Studio Patrick Goff

I will be working and showing a selection of works on paper as well as finished paintings. I have had a 50 year career as an artist with work in the USA, UK, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa …

Eastbourne Studio Pottery

Visit our working studio. We off er a range of classes; beginners and beyond, open-access ceramic facilities and kiln hire for practicing ceramicists. We will have work for sale and the opportunity to …

Gallery 27

Clive Jarman, photographer and Fenya Sharkey, visual artist, have collaborated to explore liminality. Black and white images of land, sea and sky capture all chemical transitions with responses unlocking …

24 Mayfield Place

We are both writers and visual artists and interested in a feminine response to mythology and landscape. We met on a kibbutz in Israel in 1981 and have shared our creative lives ever since …

The Printmaker’s Art

From his studio at Merryweather’s Farm, Artist & Printmaker Ian O’Halloran presents an exhibition of his work and that of fellow printmaker Charlotte Matthews, exploring the mystery of the landscape and …

Art Studio 18

Art Studio 18 is a small scale affordable work space for visual artist, opened in 2016 it currently provides work space for 7 artist these are: Ben Browton, Holly Carman, Pia-Jaia Carpenter, Francis Ives …

Jess Levine

My mixed media work includes abstract collage, painting and mono-print techniques. I like to emphasise an experimental, expressive and painterly approach, with strong colour and …

Chris Eastwood & Geraldine Franklin Studios

Canvases telling the story of the changing sea, beach and sky. Aff ordable art in acrylic, mixed media, and batik. Contemporary, abstract, dynamic, screen prints and paintings with colour as the subject matter …

Yellow Garden Studio

Julie Willard, Cliff Willard & Sue Stacey. Welcome for the 2nd year at the yellow garden studio. On show will be Julie’s kiln formed glass, garden sculptures and jewellery, Cliff ’s photography, some on …

Lionel Road Art Studio

Two local artists are pleased to present original and expressive works in oil and acrylic covering many styles and subjects. This home studio is located just off the seafront in Bexhill towards Galley Hill …

Hannah Griffiths Mosaics

Hannah is a painter and mosaic artist. A selection of small paintings and mosaics, jewellery made from vintage china and greetings cards will be available to buy. Hannah also teaches …

Jo McAllister

Sumptuously textured, simple, striking jewellery, in pure silver and high carat gold. Award winning jewellery designed and hand-made using Stone Age tools by Jo McAllister who exhibits nationally and …

Monoprints Belle / Lesley Bellenger

Local Screen Printer Lesley Bellenger and Professional Photographer Wendy Carrig present a pop-up Print Gallery and Portrait Studio. Selling framed screen prints of local seascapes and offering …

SHUBY studio

SHUBY is an international street artist mainly in the form of paste up posters. Come visit her studio for a diverse range of pop art prints and originals featuring her infamous masked bunny and banana motifs.

Dan’s Garage

Dan Pearce. Do come and see what I’ve been up to like the painting behind me which I hope I’ll have finished by then. You might get tea but no biscuits. I got a packet last year and ate them all myself…

House of Curiosities

Exhibitors: Lee Allan – Writer & painter; Mark Bean – Painter & Designer; Hilary Best – Digital,Photography, Mixed Media; Zander Clayton – Painter & Illustrator; William Lawrence …

Zoom Arts Gallery

Glass sculpture, textiles, painting, photography and mixed media are some of the delights to be seen at the Zoom Arts Group showcase. This collective of passionate practitioners often work closely together …

Fragments Exhibition & Shaw Things Jewellery

Helen Shaw – handmade silver jewellery. Organic designs with a contemporary feel. Emma Harding – artist exploring the complexity and fragility of the human brain in a unique combination of mosaic and ceramics.

St Leonards Art Group at Southwater Community Centre

A community group of professional and amateur artists who share a passion for life drawing. New members welcome.

Handguard House

Come visit the studios of Jo Perfect and Robert Sample. Massive paintings and shit drawings.

Alice Pickering: Paintings

Paintings with collage. Colourful and unusual work with depth and detail, celebrating nature and our connection with the natural world and each other. Original work, Giclee prints and cards for sale …

Bruce Holdsworth

Recent paintings, prints and drawings, both figurative and non-figurative. Prints include colour monotypes, Lino and experimental dry points. Most work is …

Bohemia Studios

Exciting new studio venture in the Labour Party Building. Samantha Guertin – vibrant Sussex landscapes and still life oils. Stephanie Fawbert – evocative figurative paintings …

Seeing Red

Seeing Red: a group show by members and supporters of the Labour Party. Artists include Sarah Harris, Rachel Lever, Danny Mooney, Penny Pepper, Penny Precious, Lynne Salvage and …

Beach Hut 2

Judith Shaw – unusual lithograph/silkscreen/linocut prints, paintings, cards and smaller works. judithshaw.info Joan Roche – paintings and drawings of …

Alex Leadbeater

Give your wall a sea view – Paintings, prints and cards of energetic waves and tranquil horizons and splashy painted clothing and cushions. Buy the sea by inch …

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The Two Sarah Harrises…uniting in one exhibition of intrigue, also featuring artworks from Morokoth.

ST LEONARDS MODERN GOODS STORE

Our 3rd year as store & studio! View our window display of paper handbag moquettes created from a variety of papers. Book a paper bag designing workshop on Sundays 1st + 8th – 4 places per session …

Fiona Pienkowska

Artist/ Printmaker, MA, Central St Martins. Showing paintings and original prints, including drypoint etchings and lino cuts. Come and see where they are made.

Hunter & Snelling

Garden Studios Adrienne Hunter and Nick Snelling both work from their studios in their garden. Nick’s luminous oil paintings of sea and headland are inspired by the local coastline and his swims around it …

Luiza Machado

Photographic work developed over the past two years within the confines of a daily train journey to work.

AYLC Seb Hilditch

AYLC (Are you looking closely?) is the work of Street and Urban photographer, Seb Hilditch. The exhibition features several vivid, and sometimes abstract, urban landscape photographs shot across London, St Leonards and …

StudioVII

Following two years of distractions from Open Studios, STUDIO VII will again be welcoming visitors to see a selection of our work in its creative environment. As always, we have a variety of work …

St. Michael’s Hospice Summer Art Exhibition

St Michael’s Hospice’s 20th Summer Art Exhibition in memory of Stuart Farndale, features a wide range of artwork by local artists. This year welcomes new mediums alongside paintings, including photography and …

Upper Maze Studio

Agnieszka Dabrowska. In my paintings, I like to tell a story based on my everyday experiences and imagination. I am always looking for connections between humans and nature, where I can express …

George Robertson

My subjects are often taken from local East Sussex scenery. I also paint more abstract subjects. Recently exploring claustrophobic subjects within a landscape.

Maria O’Neill. Artist

Paintings & Prints of Quirky, Happy life in St Leonards and Hastings.

Maggie Scott Textiles

Well-known for her textiles to wear, Maggie’s current work draws on the aesthetic and symbolic potential of the laborious process of felting. The hand-felted reinterpretations of photographic images and portraits …

Stephen Coelho

Stephen Coelho is a figurative artist whose subject matter is the face and figure as well as landscape, seascape and still life. He lives and works in St Leonards on Sea.

Archer Lodge

Paintings by Joe Packer and Gregory Kluger Smart. Invented landscapes – as if through a glass darkly. Mysterious figures, opaque narratives, personal mythologies.

Creative Art Academy

Marcia Buckley. I paint! In fact I paint daily in my studio and welcome visitors to experience the joy of creating beautiful, affordable works of art. This collection includes 40 paintings in a variety of subjects …

Atelier

Kim Thrower, artist, has exhibited worldwide, London , Paris, New York and Australia. He now works in St Leonards on Sea. Still lives and Seascapes. All oil on Canvas. Canvases from 1×1 ft to 5×4 ft.

6 The Green

Benjamin Phillips: Human interaction, the humour and turmoil of everyday life, and the joy of repetition. Fine art and illustration meet in ceramics, drawings and paintings. *live portraits* Beccy McCray: The craftivist behind …

Beach Hut 33

Penny Nice. Local and far away exotic coastlines and surrounding flora and fauna continue to motivate me to paint. Vibrant colours and personal connections with the subject inspire …

East Sussex College

The students and graduates of East Sussex College Hastings are proud to present a collection of work inspired by our diploma/degree shows and taster events. The collection of work comprises of …

Harbor Furniture

Makers of modern furniture working with reclaimed wood in unusual ways. We slice it up, stain or paint it, then construct framed patterns and patchworks for tables, cabinets and wall panels …

The ArtWorks

Susan Miller is once again exhibiting her colourful contemporary watercolours, at her new studio in Stonefield Road, Hastings, just off Queens Road. Prints, cards and studio bargains are also available …

The Sugar House

Linocuts, etchings, cards, ceramics, portraits by commission. Pop-up Hollywood photo-booth, digital portraits available instantly. Monocolour Linocut workshop on Sunday 8th September only …

Britannia Enterprise Centre

The Britannia Enterprise Centre is a thriving creative hub of talent, 5-minutes walk from the town centre. Nestled away behind a row of terraced houses in the former Waterworks, the yard is home to a variety of makers, artists and craftsmen …

Sugar House Studio and Lovage Shop

Visit Sugar House Studio and Lovage Shop in the heart of trendy Queens Road. Ceramics, artworks, jewellery and printed textiles by Cath Tajima-Powell, Mary Hooper, Hiary Turner …

Depot 37

The artists of Depot 37 open this unique building giving you an opportunity to view the work being made here, and to visit the Earl St Creative space, home to The Peripheral Space Project …

Project Art Works

Project Art Works is an inclusive artist studios collaborating with people with complex support needs. Artists from our Thursday and Friday studios, Parachute Club, present their work in a show that celebrates …

Satu Viljanen & Rob Farr

Visual artist Satu Viljanen will be showing her sculptural work inspired by architectural details. A recent graduate from RCA Rob Farr will share his latest experiments with handmade virtual reality.

Work of Roland Jarvis

Drawings, prints and paintings by the late Roland Jarvis. An immensely multi talented and well known Old Town artist who died at 90 in 2016. This is an exhibition and sale of his work to …

Garden Cottage Studios

CANCELLED Unfortunately Garden Cottage Studios has had to cancel their Open Studio’s this year. Kitty S Dale & Brian John. All are welcome to visit our Garden Cottage Studios and see the garden from which we draw

Half-Sovereign Cottage

Returning to her seaside shack, Amy Fellows will be bringing her curious collection of original collage, screenprinted homewares and stationery. Roll up to see a special guest appearance from …

The Workshop and Incurva Studios

Meet artists and their works. Artists displaying. Leigh Dyer – Metal Sculptures, Mara Garatti – Silver Jewellery, Joel R-Robinson – Forged Metal Work, Phil Hannath – Light Up Letters …

Claire Fletcher & Peter Quinnell

Paintings, drawings and prints from Claire Fletcher, assemblages and collages from Peter Quinnell. Cards and badges also for sale. Disabled access to ground floor only.

Bob and Claire Humm

You might have visited us in Tackleway, but this year we would like to welcome everyone to our new studio in Oak Passage, above George Street. New location, new work, but same idiosyncratic mix …

roadfactorystudios

Windscreen – a series of large photographic light boxes. The light box serves as an ideal medium for this work as the back projection emulates the way light enters our eyes through the windscreen.

Dominic Zwemmer

Working with homemade charcoal and pencil, Dominic has a passion for wildlife, wild landscapes and seascapes. He is inspired by the variety of marks that can be made with nothing more than a piece of burnt wood …

Jason Pentney

New works based on the figure and experimental works in mixed media.

The Fish Temple

Mark Eason paintings and prints of local fish and surreal subjects in his 500 year old house next to St. Clement’s Church.

15 St James Road

Julie Kirk maker of objects and adornments including mixed media jewellery and woven textiles. Richard Swann figurative oil painting. Having been engaged in a fight to the death for decades …

Jacob Samuel Eaton

Jacob Eaton is a medium specific artist who has recently relocated to Hastings from his London studio. Currently exploring oil painting, ink on paper and screen printing …

Common Mormon Studios & Common Clay

Common Mormon Studios provides 11 creative spaces to artists and designers. This includes Common Clay which provides ceramic facilities and workshops.

Andrew Catlin

Matrix explores rhythm, space and time to provide a unique way to see. Frames are separately composed but graphically connected. “Andrew Catlin’s compositional skill is part scientific, part musical, part photographic …

West Hill Artists

Number 9 Fiona Denning (pictured) creates subtle complex images using earth, light and water as a starting point. The paint is scratched and scraped revealing layers of texture and pattern. Cards and prints of her work will also be on sale …

The Garden Room

Extraordinary, ceramic jellyfish and sea creatures as sculptural lamps, organic bowls with amazing glazes. Vibrant, zesty paintings from the seashore, gardens and landscapes. Reflection of places that are on the edge of something …

The Beacon

At the hilltop hotspot this year: delicious home-made lunches, coffee and cake, tables in the garden and the bar open for your favourite tipple, plus an eclectic mix of artistry to peruse …

One West Street

Life is Sweet! Our journey through life is unique to each individual. Philippa Haines’ work is a refection of her own. The work attracts and repels the viewer in equal measure …

Jane Sarre

Place-based abstract sculptural ceramics exploring form, intersection and openness. New work responds to a residency at Dungeness and an interest in the functional architecture of the area, drawing on embodied experience, drawings, photographs and memories made on site.

Bachene / Birch / Harman / Paines

Four mixed media artists. Different styles from line drawing to surreal incorporating vibrant colours and textures.

School House Studio

Elaine Baker and friends, Anna Wilson-Patterson, Meg Dodson, Sarah Nelson and Amy Leake showing; porcelain art, paintings of coastal huts, hounds and wildflowers, Rye inspired watercolours, ink and mono prints, felted art, hand carved wooden ware and much more.

School House / Anna Wilson-Patterson

Paintings inspired by cliff top living. Large windblown gorse landscapes evoking walks through The Firehills. Wild flowers in Gopsall Pottery. Greyhound and lurcher drypoint etchings.

Annie Soudain

I use my immediate surroundings and my imagination to create images of paintings, linoprints and fabric collages.

Daddy Papersurfer’s Shed

Nigel Crockett. Mainly paintings, environmentally friendly gift shop and a pair of panties. “Gorgeous art. Gorgeous man.”

Tim Riddihough

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

Fairlight End Open Garden and Studio

Fairlight End Garden, featured on BBC Gardener’s World, will be open. This 3 acre garden is a nature style 21st century garden, and contains 2 natural ponds, a model kitchen garden, meadows and an orchard.

Elisabeth and Tillmann Lenz

Elisabeth Lenz explores the sea and landscapes of East Sussex in her drawings and paintings. In Tillmann Lenz’s photography series “Small Man in a Big World” small model figures discover the world from a different perspective.

Matt Hardman

This is the first time that Matt Hardman has opened his home and studio to the public. His works in oil and cross-discipline imagery should prove to make an interesting and stimulating visit.