Coastal Currents

Open Studios

Curated Events Open studios


4/5 September and 11/12 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.


2020 paved the way for us to create a set of films focusing on the artists of Hastings and St Leonards. Thanks to the Arts Council England we will be continuing these films with 16 more created in time for the September festival.

So watch this space. If you want to see last year’s films – See more here…

Objects from The id’ XVI

Group of artists; Phillip Cosham, Nigel Plumb, Tim
Riddihough, Steve Rutter, Siobhan Tanner, Anna
Thomson, Fi Brown plus invited artists.
18 – 26 September
(Sat/Sun 11am-5pm – Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm)

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson works expressively, in ink, watercolour and print, embracing the joy of strong line and organic mark making.
Opening hours:11/12 September, 10am-5pm

It’s Still Life

I am now exploring different techniques and seeing how my style develops. In addition to my work there will also be some paintings on show by artist Tony Mono.
Wed to Sat 11am – 4pm throughout the Festival

Louise Body

A recurring subject in my work is the coastal landscape.
18/19 September 10am – 5pm


ESCH screening of Inside & Out with accompanying exhibition of work and stalls.

Elizabeth Duckett Textiles

Elizabeth Duckett, a fourteen year old, has created a display of homeware and accessories using coastal themed fabrics.

4/5 September 12noon – 5pm

Adam Dando ‘Paper Dolls’

10 years of sketchbooks on display plus a new collection of florals on paper.

Thursday to Sunday 11am till 4pm

The Yard Open Studios

The Yard is home to many small creative studios.

Thoughout September

Art Walks: Finding inspiration in the world around

Catherine and Martha collaborate as Printwalks, using the walk as the starting point for a collaborative print process. Emma Harding’s ceramics investigate the patterns in nature.

At Hastings Country Park – 18/19 September, 10am – 4pm.
At Zoom Arts Gallery – 24 -26 September and 1 – 3 October, 11am – 4pm


This exhibition in my Oast House Gallery 10 minutes from Rye, shows my recent images are loosely abstract, but rooted in the landscape.

11/12 & 18/19 & 25/26 September, 11am-5pm

Alex Leadbeater

Why not give your wall a sea view? Paintings, prints and cards from the nearest wave to the distant horizon in all sizes – buy the sea by the inch, yard or nautical mile!

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 5pm

The Mudworks

Run by Chantelle Duncan & Isabella Campi, the pottery is geared towards the local community where makers can hire studio space for throwing, hand building and slip casting.

11/12 September

Emma Hundleby St Leonarts

ESCH Screening of Inside & Out with accompanying exhibition of work and stalls

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 5.30pm

Prue Theobalds

I am an illustrator and like to draw in various media. My drawings are mostly inspired both by the natural world and also with relevance to time and place.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

China Girl

I have been experimenting with the process of overprinting vintage China Plates with a variety of images that particularly appeal to me.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

Wendy Smith, Katia Giordanella & Carrie Warrior

Extraordinary ceramic sculptures, vibrant paintings from the seashore and screen prints and originals referencing childhood from 3 artists.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

Geraldine Franklin, MB Haas, Elana Tree

Pop Up Art, West Hill Back Garden Shed from Geraldine Franklin, MB Haas, Elana Tree.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 5pm

Afri-Co-Lab Presents We Are Here

4/5 & 11/12 September, 10am – 6pm 3 Marine Court, St Leonards TN38 0DX Anna-Maria Nabirye *Copy To Come*

Harriet Macaree Paintings

Oils, Acrylics & Watercolours large & small. Some of my idylls are imagined, some inspired by plants, landscape, and seas.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

Carly Ralph & Fiona Denning

Carly Ralph: Mixed media textiles using found, vintage and second use materials.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 5pm

Dominic Zwemmer

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

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

Jill Hartman Art

Jill’s themes range from the drama and serenity of the sea to the quiet, calm environment of parks and gardens.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

Anna Malni

Anna Malni’s open studio at the Sugar house features linocuts, etchings, cards, ceramics, portraits by commission.

4/5 & 11/12 September, (Sat 11am – 5pm) (Sun 11am-6pm) (Sunday 5 Sep closed 11am till 4pm for linocut workshop)

Meet Miss Marianne North – Amy Fellows

Meet Miss Marianne North Returning to home shingle, artist Amy Fellows will be popping up in her half-boat with a new body of work inspired by Hastings-born heroine Miss Marianne North.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 10am – 4pm

SLICC – St Leonard’s Inclusive Crafty Creatives

Welcome to our space! SLICC, St Leonards Inclusive Crafty Creatives. Locals Theresa Hodge and Penny Pepper, share their different creative practices with you.

11/12 September 12noon – 4.30pm

Rod Morris – roadfactorystudios

Still films – photography exhibition and print sales. Photographs are like vessels, and within the most memorable are references to our own lives and those of others, remembered or imagined.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 10am – 6pm

Sue Lawes, Ruth Bullock, Peter Green

Ruth Bullock – figurative and abstract painting, Peter Green – printed and painted work, Julie Kirk – objects and adornments, Sue Lawes – painting, film & print

4/5 & 11/12 September, 12noon-6pm


Shuby’s technicolour, pop art style revels in absurdity, kitch and irony. She works in a range of mediums including silk screen print, painting, reworking found objects, collage and ceramics.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

My Coast – John Coello

John has been a resident artist on West Street for six months and has lived in Hastings for 5 years. His artwork has been inspired by everyday views from many walks and journeys through the area.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 4pm

Annabel Faraday

Annabel Faraday Sculptural Ceramics

4/5 & 11/12 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Anna Wilson-Patterson

Coastal artist inspired by huts, hounds and wild flowers. Original paintings, 2022 Calendar and Greeting Cards for sale, featuring the haunting coastline from Hastings to Dungeness.

11/12 September, 10am – 5pm

Jane Sarre

Sculpture for the curious. The work is inspired by the unfamiliar forms discovered whilst exploring edgeland places including Dungeness and Rye Harbour.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Annie Soudain

I use my immediate surroundings and my imagination to create images for paintings, lino prints and fabric collages.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 6pm

Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture

Kirsty Baring, Mark Godwin, Barnard McGuigan, Judith Shaw, and guest artist Tessa Holmes in countryside studios in a yard overlooking the Brede Valley.

4/5 & 11/12 September, 11am – 5pm


Jeweller Maxime Allan and painter Ben Fenton bring you an interdisciplinary exhibition exploring themes of belonging and place.

3-16 September

Claire Fletcher / Peter Quinnell

Original paintings and prints by Claire Fletcher, collages and assemblages by Peter Quinnell. Cards, badges etc also for sale.

Sundays 5 & 12 September, 10.30am – 6pm