Coastal Currents

Taking Part

Coastal Currents is part curated programme funded by the Arts Council England, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex Arts Partnership and part submitted programme by those in the 1066 region.

The 2019 Festival will take place during September  with the Open Studios on the 31 August/1 September and 7/8 September.

You can take part by:

Submitting an Open Studio

(must take place on the 31 August/1 September and 7/8 September) in a location with public liability insurance and ideally have a “meet the artist” element.

You can submit to take part in Open Studios when submissions open in January 2019.

Submitting and Event or Exhibition

(these can take place at any time in September 2019) again in a location with public liability insurance but can be as original, unique or quirky as you like. You can submit to take part as an event when submissions open in January 2019.


You can also place an Advertisement in the festival brochure for a very reasonable cost which allows artists with bigger projects or who want to make more of a branded impact to their project. Please contact for details and costs.


Curated Programme

If you a great concept you want us to consider as part of the curated programme for 2019, feel free to email with an outline of the project, likely cost, current stage of the project, location requirements and schedule. We would need these ideas by November 30 2018 for the 2019 Festival and November 30 2019 for the 2020 Festival.

We are happy to consider ideas however as budget and timescales are tight, we cannot get back to each of you individually.

Support Our Funding

Did you know the council wants your input on how to spend their cultural monies?

Their 20k investment allows us to get match funding from the Arts Council England & East Sussex Arts Partnership so that we can continue to put on Coastal Currents year on year.

We believe we deliver the points below, & if you agree, want to support Coastal Currents & ensure we continue to receive funding, fill out their survey, by clicking the link below, and give us a mention!

Hastings Borough Council Cultural Service Review

  • Encourage community cohesion & social engagement through accessible and diverse cultural activity
  • Ensure high quality cultural opportunities within formal & informal education are available to all
  • Grow the creative economy, supporting creative & cultural businesses & practitioners to develop & become more sustainable, & attracting new investment
  • Develop & promote a refreshed identity for Hastings which brings contemporary culture & heritage together in a coherent and marketable brand
  • Support & develop a high quality year round cultural programme, that links to regeneration & tourism strategies
  • Support & enable the preservation, development & use of our cultural assets.


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