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.


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.