Coastal Currents


Beasley’s commission originates from her research into the interesting history of what we colloquially know of as the Trinity Triangle:

The magical discovery of a nationally signifi cant Victorian Seaweed Florist at 8, Trinity Street, from 1882-1890, now the record shop, Wow & Flutter.

Wow and Flutter also served as an important Suff ragette HQ. Victorian women enjoyed beachcombing as an activity related to botanical illustration, a popular pastime; Margaret Gatty, a local resident was a leading expert of the time.

This project explores this seaweed decoration shop, unique to Hastings, in the context of Women’s History.

In the last decade the America Ground area has been revived by a new wave of small creative independent businesses and the success of the annual HIFEST Hastings Illustration Festival. At a time of devastating library closures nationally, the Brassey Library reopened this year after major renovation, connecting further to the contemporary design spirit of the neighbourhood. This commission celebrates the history of design and the worlds of shopkeepers by focusing both on historical moments in time from the 1880s to today.

Beasley’s local history research will be integrated into the design of an awning concept for the shop front at Wow & Flutter at 8 Trinity Street, Hastings. A booklet presenting the project will be available to take away from inside the shop. This will include a poster of the awning design on the reverse. (Coastal Currents is exploring the possibility of installing the awning subject to planning permissions.)

Becky Beasley has a BA in Fine Art/Art History from Goldsmiths College in London and a MA Fine Art (Photography) from the Royal College of Art. She has been nominated for the Contemporary Art Society Award 2014 and was shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2009-11.

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