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Claremont Studios opening night

Claremont Studios © Elise Liversedge

Claremont Studios CIC: brand new art space in Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea

Claremont Studios CIC has relocated to St Leonards-on-Sea. The new space & inaugural exhibition Découvrir/Discover opened on Friday 1 March 2013 and Xaverine Bates was there to experience the new space.

Originally located at 12 Claremont in Hastings town centre, Claremont Studios CIC (CS CIC) housed artists’ studios, creative businesses and gallery at their Claremont site. I had a studio here briefly, so am well acquainted with Claremont Studios and the wealth of inspiring exhibitions, artists’ talks and community groups that have passed through its doors in the past decade or so. With the sale of the building to East Sussex County Council in support of the plans for the expansion of Hastings Library, which will include an expanded children’s library and increased disabled access, CS CIC spent several months looking for a suitable building to continue its work in the arts community.

Claremont Studios, King's Rd

Claremont Studios © Elise Liversedge

In January 2013, this well-respected and established organisation moved to 48 Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, a building that previously housed Kings Stationers. After several weeks of refurbishment, CS CIC celebrated the opening of the new space and the launch of Découvrir/Discover, the inaugural exhibition in the project space on Friday 1 March. Councillor Jeremy Birch, Leader of the Council, opened the event with a speech, in which he said, “Claremont Studios has finally found its spiritual home.”

Découvrir/Discover at 48 Kings Road is the UK part of a trans-border visual arts project that results from a collaboration between CS CIC and their French partner Espace 36 in Saint-Omer. The exhibition features new works by Hastings based artist Greig Burgoyne; Ciara Healy/Karl Musson from Kent and Lille based artists Cléa Coudsi/Eric Herbin and Mary Spencer. In response to their research visits to small museums in East Sussex, Kent and Pas de Calais, the artists have produced a range of work including a driftwood boat, artist’s handmade books, large scale drawings, cartoon-style drawings/collages and a sound/projection installation.

Caroline Le Breton, Director of CS CIC commented, “We are excited about our move to this new space on Kings Road where CS CIC continues to provide artists’ studios and is developing a programme of arts projects and events. We hope CS CIC will be a hub for artists and the community while contributing to the arts and cultural activity of St Leonards-on-Sea, whilst also building a wider network of exhibiting artists and creating opportunities for local artists to work on projects further afield. Découvrir/Discover has presented a unique opportunity for the artists to work in a cross-cultural context but many of the works are inspired by visits to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, Bexhill Museum and The Fleur de Lis Heritage Centre in Faversham”.

Claremont Studios is proving to be a welcome addition to the growing number of creative outlets on Kings Road and will complement the community spirit, spearheaded by the St Leonard’s Town Team, who hope to start a market there in the near future. The façade of the gallery encourages people to enter, view the artworks and give their good wishes: a grand total of 28 people came in the day following the opening, all of whom came to look at the work and talk about Claremont Studios’ future plans.

Decouvrir/Discover is open 2–30 March, Thursday–Saturday from 1–5pm. For further information on Découvrir/Discover, email:  

Claremont Studios opening night

Claremont Studios © Elise Liversedge  Découvrir/Discover is supported by Interreg IVA France (Channel)-England programme and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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CS CIC logo  Espace 36


Posted 14:30 Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 In: Arts News

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