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Young talent on display at Hastings Arts Forum

Hastings and St Leonards have a long tradition of creative energy and artistic exuberance. Historically, the town has drawn artists, writers and musicians, who have created work that is recognised nationally as well as internationally. But little recognition has been given to our very young, emerging talent. Until now, as an exhibition at the Hastings Arts Forum, Primary Art, Hastings and St. Leonards Young Artists, so well demonstrates, writes HAF member John Cole, who also took the photos.

The Arts Forum had originally planned to hold The Big Draw festival at this time, but decided to postpone it to ensure the well-being of participants as well as staff. However, in the spirit of The Big Draw, it invited students from four Hastings/St Leonards primary and junior schools to submit their young students’ artwork.

Dudley Infant Academy, All Saints Academy, West St. Leonards Primary and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary have all submitted an exuberantly diverse mix of artwork from their students, some as young as six years old.

At Sacred Heart, every student in every class contributed artwork to create a giant, colourful Dreamcatcher to focus on their dreams for the future after such a disruptive year. One young student from KS2 wrote, “My dream for the future is to become an aromatherapist and to stop racism.”

Artwork by Kiki, All Saints Junior Academy

Year 3 students from West St Leonards Primary Academy created artwork that reflected their learning about the rainforest, Black Lives Matter and the work of the artist Georgie O’Keefe.

Dudley School’s Year 1 students created artwork that reflected the coronavirus guidelines on keeping one’s hands clean. “We are always learning how to keep our hands clean,” said their teacher, “So we wanted to get ours messy!” The result is 30 vividly colourful handprints.

Six students from All Saints Junior Academy have been experimenting with different watercolour techniques, using pastels, pencils and pen in order to bring their images to life.

This exhibition is relatively short-run, ending Sunday 1 November, so if you’re looking for something to do during half term, get down to the Arts Forum to see the stunning artwork of our town’s very youngest artists!

Primary Art – Hastings/St Leonards Young Artists From Saturday 24 October until Sunday 1 November. Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0DX. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Please note that the Arts Forum strictly adheres to all Covid-19 government guidelines for your health and safety. Hand sanitizer is provided, and only a limited number of people are allowed in the gallery at any time. We ask all adults to wear facemasks.

Posted 19:11 Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 In: Community Arts

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