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The panels which make up the tapestry display great creativity.

People’s tapestry inaugurated in St Clement’s

The Hastings 950 People’s Tapestry was inaugurated at the weekend with a blessing in St Clement’s church in the Old Town. Launched in April, the initiative  has proved enormously popular, and many panels have still to be returned and mounted. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Simon Hennessey.

Posted 16:54 Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Archdeacon Edward Dowley David Furness Hastings Celebrates 950 Heather Leech Heinrich Böckelühr High Sheriff Judy Rogers Keith Leech Michael Foster Nick Terdre people's tapestry Schwerte Simon Hennessey St Clements

Everyone can draw!

That’s EVERYONE! If you have any doubts, come to Hastings Arts Forum on Saturday or Sunday, October 22 or 23, from 10am to 4pm and give it a try, writes HOT reporter John Cole.

Posted 17:48 Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: Hastings Arts Forum The Big Draw
Usifu Jalloh

Battle Festival offers literary and visual delights

The third annual Battle Festival is officially underway this week after launching last weekend with the world premiere of brand new opera, PUSH, in collaboration with Glyndebourne Opera. “PUSH was a thrilling way to launch the festival”, says Sally Lampitt, Festival Director, “paving the way for a month of exciting international arts in Battle, with something for everyone.”

Posted 20:57 Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: 'Brothers in Art’ 1066 & All That Alter Ego Gallery Battle Festival Battle Memorial Hall British Design British Made Carne Griffiths Catriona Millar Falco Glyndebourne Opera Guy Portelli Helen Masacz I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue James Russell Just a Minute Lindsey Davis Louise Giblin Margeretann Bennett MasterPiece 2016 Nature's World Paul and John Nash Sally Lampitt Simon Brett The Burkiss Way The Crafty Norman The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy The Saffron Gallery Usifu Jalloh
Claremont Photo by Richard de Pasando

Dedicated Creative Quarter at Claremont?

A few weeks ago I raised the possibility via the Yahoo group Hastings Creatives, of establishing an Open Studios weekend in Claremont, inspired by a similar event in Folkestone. Subsequently, I have explored the potential to establish Claremont as a Creative Quarter in a more formal way. Why? Is this even possible? Richard de Pesando reports. 

Posted 15:43 Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: Claremont Triangle Creative Quarter Richard de Pesando

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The Feast of the Dead by Dens and Signals

Root 1066 celebrates Battle of Hastings

This year – 2016 – is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Hastings’ attitude is celebrate while you can – why wait 50 years when you might not be around to commemorate the 1,000th? So this year, Hastings is marking the date with an international contemporary festival of the arts, ROOT 1066. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to talk to Festival Director, Polly Gifford about what will be happening. 


Dear Hastings diary…

People have always kept diaries. The earliest known ones date back to the second half of the second century AD. Some diaries are kept for years, others abandoned after a matter of weeks. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths kept one for several years, so was fascinated to hear about Hastings Speaks, an invitation to all of Hastings to record their day on 12 May as part of Root 1066, the festival to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

Posted 17:47 Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: Chris Sanders Hastings Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Root 1066
Photo John Knowles

New OB Collective

Dawn Dublin and Erika Holland have left The Observer Building (OB)… and the reins have now been handed over to The OB Collective. Catching sight of posters around town, the team appear to have lots of  inspiring creative ideas – and have been working hard to transform the space, making their vision a reality. Zelly Restorick asks John Knowles about the plans to make The OB a hub for community theatre, cinema and arts.

Posted 14:44 Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 In: Community Arts Tags: Dawn Dublin Erika Holland John Knowles. The OB Collective The Observer Building
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