]The Vaults, Gotham Alley Hastings. A project by Jamie Barnes & Tiger-Lily Martinez for East Sussex College Hastings.
The Vaults is the newly branded exhibition managed and curated by students from East Sussex College as part of Coastal Currents 2019. Taking place on the 31/1 and 7/8 September weekends, this show has been created by the students, with the festival bringing in artists, curators, producers and directors to help guide and shape this exciting new venture supported by Art Fund.
Jamie Barnes is an emerging young British visual artist who utilises colour, light and shape. Through innovative processes of layering, juxtaposing and through audio visual editing he explores the complexities of the human condition through film. Jamie surrounds himself with, and contributes to the dynamism and energy engendered by fashion, performing arts and visual culture.
Tiger-Lily Martinez, an artist and illustrator who’s work transcends the confines of industry and instead, utilises a range of media such as fine-art based illustration, ceramics and writing. Inspired by unity, community and an intention to both improve and bring together, her creations are defined by audience and intention. Form, light and materiality amalgamate to encourage subtle reflection through experience.
Their show ‘The Vaults’, hosted in the Subterranean tunnels of the Observer Building as part of Coastal Currents Festival, brings together porcelain refractions and audio visual distortion to create an exciting immersive installation which reflects and examines what it means to navigate the cognitive complexity of the world today.
Hosted by Jericho Road Solutions, the shows curation has been an ambitious feat of collaboration between East Sussex College students and Flatland Projects. Commissioned by Coastal Currents Arts Festival, who’ve been providing work experience and workshop sessions for students at the college supported by Art Fund.
“This new venture has combined and nurtured the creative talent and industry within the seaside town. Students working on the project said “I have learnt so much from really amazing people! There are so many things that you can only get through experience and without many opportunities to gain that experience around here, this opportunity has been pivotal for my future.” and “There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and no-one really tells you what you are meant to do or how you are meant to do it so this has been great to get that insight.” The college and festival hope to build on this innovative collaboration and provide opportunities for young creatives to thrive and grow within the South East.”
Ruth Page – Teacher, East Sussex College