Curated Events Open studios
3/4 September and 10/11 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.
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.
2021 allowed us to create another 16 films focusing on the artists of Hastings and St Leonards. Thanks to the Arts Council England.
So watch this space. If you want to see last year’s films – See more here…
This amazing exhibition of two unique artists (Cuban Yuque and English Madi) mixing techniques, imagination and different mediums of oil and acrylic paintings alongside ceramics coming together in symbiosis.
Joanna Mackinnon & Janie Longmore. A selection of still life, landscape, figurative and abstract works, mostly in oils and gouache. Paintings, drawings and mounted prints, as well as a small selection of hand-built stoneware pieces.
Home: a window in Maidstone, door and stone wall in Bilbao, Balham tube station, my mother’s backyard, a woman with a beautiful walk. In the last two years, with all that we have been through, I have felt lost. I find myself in these images that emerged from that period.
Dayglo Studios presents an exhibition of exciting and interesting art from young and inspiring local artists.
Come along and discover paintings, mono prints and illustrations,. Enter a world rich with captivating characters, waves, wonder, polka dots, patterns, pussy cats and a few pebbly and spotty abstracts just for good measure. Demonstrations in Block Printing and Gelli Printing throughout the weekends.
I make art as a primary way of communicating thoughts about how we live our lives today, with the everyday pressures, compromises and consequences of decisions made. Themes and ideas for paintings are usually taken with a view point that gives a slightly different observation and interpretation of the subject.
Drawings in mixed media inspired by the natural world and the beaches and countryside of East Sussex, relevant to time and place.
The members of Studio VII plus guest artists invite you to visit them in their capacious and friendly studio. Feel free to browse their diverse art created in a wide variety of media including painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and mixed media.
Mixed media. Textiles using reclaimed materials such as vintage cloth and paper, shoreline fibres, eroded plastic and metal fragments to create low relief wall hung work. Research has revealed the identities of decades of past occupants of the studio building, now documented and presented as an art work.
Collaged and printed stoneware ceramic wall pieces and sculpture. Combinations of clay, metal, findings from tidelines and salvage from scrapheaps, with an emphasis on rust. Ridged and rugged ceramic vessels and collagraphs printed from packaging.
Fiona Denning creates textural work building layers of paint, and often scratching into the surface to reveal the colour beneath.
Adrienne Hunter and Nick Snelling work from studios in their wild garden. Both are inspired by nature; Nick works with oils on wood while Adrienne works on paper and cardboard with collage, oil sticks and anything else to hand.
I paint in all mediums; watercolour, acrylic and oils as well as sketch in pen and ink. I live and work in St Leonards and with Hastings nearby I find I have ample inspiration and subject matter on my doorstep. I like to paint the everyday sights, sounds and colourful quirky, happy life of this area and its people.
Painter. Vehicle and outside world dissolve into an idea of imagined landscapes. Fleeting abstracted ideas of landscape painting, painted mainly plein air, sometimes in the studio, informed by memory & place.
Through the medium of watercolour and mixed media I explore the diversity and colours of the local coastline, communities and surrounding countryside. The beach hut provides a great studio with changing light and environment.
Chris works in paint and textile techniques (batik, weaving, felting), capturing the colours and tones of the natural world. Geraldine’s passion for art is reflected in her excitement for colour in screen print and painting in oil or acrylic.
A reveal of studio work by bexhill based artist Elise Liversedge. A mixture of photographic collage / printmaking and architectural model making. Levelling up a random studio, making sense of disparate acts.
I will be working throughout the event, so it is a paint splattered workspace; visitors will see both framed and unframed work, preparatory studies, palettes and general detritus of a studio and pretty garden!
Photographic paintings. All are available framed and ready to hang at £200 or less as part of the artist support pledge scheme.
A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools, Roche has taught art, and exhibited her paintings both in the U.K. and abroad. Her work originates in a forensic observation of her subject matter, which continues throughout the process to completion.
As a Master’s graduate of Goldsmiths’ College, and founder member of the Riverside Artists’ Group (RAG), much of Deighton’s work touches on the spiritual and philosophical layers within our lives, and the universal connections we make within our world.
Oil paintings, sculptures in bronze and plaster, prints and drawings. Subjects include bathers on the beach, portraits, dancers and landscapes.
Kate Gritton Searching for the hidden narratives that lie within a landscape or an urban setting. Paintings and prints that are sometimes haunting and evocative of past histories.
Figurative oil paintings, lino cuts and life drawings by Keren Luchtenstein
Portrait sculpture by Suzie Zamit (Vice-President, Society of Portrait Sculptors).
Playing with Fire, Alternate Realms and the Axis Mundi photographs and paintings at The Cloudesley by the proprietor Shahriar Mazandi – internationally syndicated photographer and artist as represented by Linley & Co.
Theresa Hodge and Penny Pepper share different writing and crafting creative practices in their fully accessible studio. Theresa brings a passion for inclusion into her crafting work. Award-winning writer, and activist Penny, shares untold stories and books.
Ceramic heads, apples, birds and mosaics, often saggar-fired – all referring to our relationship with the natural world. Come and make your own small object from clay which will be built into a Coastal Currents Mosaic.
This show will focus mainly on paintings of Derek Jarman’s garden, along with other pictures of the south.
Paisley and Friends is a colourful shop in the heart of St Leonards on sea selling cards, gifts, accessories and clothing. We will be hosting an exhibition by awesome local designer maker Veronique Pullen, showcasing Veronique’s full collection of handmade contemporary jewellery inspired by the British coastline.
Printmaker and graphic artist whose work explores politics, geography, poetry, history. This is an opportunity to view 30 years pulled out of the plan chest. Prints, books, posters, oddities and cards. Access is up a flight of very steep stairs.
The ArtWorks’ guest artists this year are international knitwear designer Craig Lawrence showing upcycled knits, & ceramicists Judith Douglas and Dee Harvey. Susan Miller will be exhibiting her watercolours, acrylics and porcelain vessels.
Using observation as a tool to mindfully find stillness and quiet and honour the epic, this exhibition is a collection of small drawings and photographs of the historical fishing net huts and boats of Rock a Nore of Hastings.
Visit the Project Art Works studios in Hastings as we reflect on an incredible few years that have included nomination for the Turner Prize in 2021 and our documenta fifteen exhibition in Kassel, Germany, for 100 days this summer.
Seascapes and mindscapes: an exhibition of oil paintings and mixed media work.
Varied, intense, lush, sometimes combined with found objects, photographs and recycled materials, often produced in one sitting, however long.
‘No place like home’ is an installation in a domestic living room that combines 138 unique vintage handkerchiefs. Each one has been screen printed with the name of a woman who was killed by a man in 2021, along with details about when, where and how she was murdered.
Photography exhibition and Print Sales. Book launch of ‘What You Left Behind’ and new work from the ‘Still Films’ series.
Recent works, studies, projects and commissions in oil, ink and clay representing the way seasonal changes in mood, light, weather and colour effect and are reflected in the town, by the people, on the local landscape and coast.
Bob and Claire welcome old and new friends to our latest studio, where you will find a mixture of films, folk fashion, and a variety of funniosities! Accessible from All Saints Street and The Bourne.
Original drawings, paintings, collages, prints, cards, badges and other things by Claire Fletcher and Peter Quinnell. Studio prices! Cash or card.
In his tiny tool-shed studio Richard Platt creates intricate and colourful stained-glass. Quirky, witty and original, these painted and fused panels comment on contemporary issues and local/seaside themes. Glass, cards and prints for sale.
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.
Expressionist and semi-abstract paintings for sale in acrylic and oil, depicting my love for, and immersion in the beautiful local land and seascapes of the countryside around Hastings. Come and see them displayed at my home overlooking the sea. Access via steep road and some narrow steps.
Speed Tests & Errors – Working as a commercial photographer I spent time making experimental photographs whilst travelling to and from locations. My work explores errors and the malfunctions that occur by pushing the boundaries of digital capture. Prints & works from my archive.
Sally Adams, Joanna Kerr, Sarah Falla – showing together for the first time.
Three artists whose practice spans printmaking, ceramics, illustration, collage and painting. While they often work within similar mediums and disciplines each artist follows their own particular pathway.
Steve Betts – Explores seascapes through narrative, storytelling, man’s preservation against the elements, the shifting of time and tides.
Tucked away on Harold’s unadopted Road butting onto the edge of the East Hill Country Park. Using lambswool and a felting process Sally creates bespoke jumpers, jackets and coats as well as scarves, hats, gloves, and hot water bottle covers.
Visit the garden workshop (backing onto Hastings Country Park) of artist, weaver and sculptor Emily Mackey, to see finished work and work in progress. She will be selling a selection of hand woven pieces and demonstrating how she makes her woven and rush plaited work.
There are now two studios for you to visit, Blacklands Studios and Common Mormon Studios at 2a Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings, TN34 3SB
There are now two studios for you to visit, Common Mormon Studios and Blacklands Studios, 135 Hughenden Road, Hastings TN34 3TF.
Acrylic paintings, prints and cards inspired by the weather and the sea of the East Sussex coastline. The work covers a wide range of sizes from small (10×10 cm) to large (120×100 cm).
I will be holding an open studio throughout the Festival, showing prints and originals of my work created in ink, tea and alcohol.
Bothy Studios are situated next to the walled garden at Ashburnham Place, hosting a number of artists, including abstract painter, Julia Swaby, and figurative painter, Vanessa Chamberlin. Level access.
Coastal artist inspired by huts, hounds and wildflowers. Original paintings, 2023 Calendars and Greeting Cards for sale. Commissions welcome.