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Quentin Blake living in worrying times

Sir Quentin Blake, greatly respected artist, renowned illustrator of children’s books and much loved Hastings resident, is living, like all of us, in these Covid-19 suspended animation times. Understandably, as many artists are – and will in the future – he has been exploring the effect of these times,  which has resulted in  an exhibition We Live In Worrying Times. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was intrigued to see some of the images which differ markedly from his previous work.

Posted 18:52 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Hastings Contemporary Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Sir Quentin Blake
Sharif Persuad. Courtesy Project Art Works

London exhibition for Hastings Project Arts’ Sharif Persaud

There is much to love about Hastings and St Leonards: not least the seaside and creativity here, but also the sense of community and support of people who are less well off or generally find life challenging. Project Art Works is a very special organisation that works creatively alongside people with complex needs. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths met up with creative director Tim Corrigan to talk about one of their artists/makers, Sharif Persaud, who has an exhibition of his work in London. 

Posted 18:13 Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Kate Adams Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Project Arts Project Sharif Persaud Tim Corrigan

Marianne North’s botanical drawings on display at Horntye

An exhibition of botanical drawings by Marianne North, who travelled the world practising her skill, will be held at Horntye Park during this year’s international chess congress. Nick Terdre reports. All illustrations by kind permission of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

Posted 18:43 Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: botanical drawings Hastings Local History Group Heather Grief Horntye Park Kew Gardens Marianne North Teri Sayers-Cooper
© Susan Taylor The Sun Sinking

Australian summer blows into St Leonards

On these rainy, grey days there is an exuberant exhibition in St Leonards that lights the day. Summer has blown into the Solaris Gallery:  Susan Taylor – Australian Summer.  HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was considerably cheered by the images that celebrate shapes, colour and nature with flowing complex shades and tones that lighten the dreariness of English winter.

Posted 11:14 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: Alex Drawbridge Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

Nick Hill exhibition at Zoom’s Warrior Square station gallery

Local artist Nick Hill has an exhibition of paintings and other work opening in the Zoom Arts gallery at Warrior Square station on Saturday 23 November. Raising money for charity is close to his heart – having raised £500, he is now aiming to reach £1,000, as he explains.

Posted 18:58 Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: Mind Nick Hill Stables Zoom Arts
We, the People © Patrick Altes

Patrick Altes urges tolerance at Wave of Dreams gallery

A Wave of Dreams gallery is making its mark with its programming of innovative artists in St Leonards. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was intrigued when she walked into its latest show, Tolerance by international artist Patrick Altes. The images are seemingly primitive, simple figures, but the work is complex as he digs deep into his personal history. 

Posted 11:46 Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: A Wave of Dreams Arts Lab Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Parick Altes

Reekie Collection on display

The Reekie Collection of paintings is back home in St Leonards after an 18-month tour. Part of Coastal Currents, it will be on display until early November. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:15 Friday, Sep 20, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: Caroline Morris coastal currents Katherine Reekie Nick Terdre

Nick Hill’s solo show for charity as part of Coastal Currents

Zoom Arts member Nick Hill has a one-man show of paintings coming up as part of the Coastal Currents arts festival. Running from Wednesday 7 August to late September, the works will be on display at Oscar’s, the cafe on the Lower Promenade opposite Warrior Square Gardens. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:19 Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: coastal currents Nick Hill Nick Terdre Oscar's Zoom Arts
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