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John Hacker: balancing light and shade

Peering through the Hastings Arts Forum window at the John Hacker exhibition you could be forgiven for thinking that the pictures inside are a little brown, a little gloomy. That is what HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths’ first impressions were. Luckily, they were far from the truth; the show portrayed a very different story.

Posted 18:08 Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 In: Visual Arts Tags: , ,
© John Cole

A colourful breath of Crete

The Hastings museum is a wonderful place for fossicking around, you never know what you might find – old photographs of Hastings, bird and mammal species alongside Inuit and north American Indian artefacts. So imagine HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths’ surprise, walking upstairs to the Upper Gallery and into sunshine and light.

Sally Meakins.Fragile Deceit

Strange goings-on at HAF

In the light of Surrealism #2  has already been flagged up in HOT. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to see for herself the Hastings take on surrealism, and how it relates to Inverse Reflections in the adjoining Gallery.

Clown Fish with Anemone.

Art as mental therapy at the Zoom gallery

The therapeutic benefits of art for those with mental health issues are well known. Artistic creation has helped Nick Hill, who is exhibiting in the Zoom Arts gallery in St Leonards in the week beginning Monday 17 July, in his struggle against depression, writes Zoom Arts’ Susan Cleland.

Posted 11:14 Monday, Jul 17, 2017 In: Visual Arts Tags: , , , ,

Sir Quentin Blake’s flights of fancy

Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl’s children books are inextricably linked in people’s mind. But that is neither the beginning nor the end of Blake. He has his own body of work and his own hinterland. And at 84 years old, Sir Quentin is as prolific as ever. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went on foot to see his biggest ever UK show of recent pictures, The Only Way To Travel at the Jerwood Gallery.

© Adrienne Hunter Pett Level

Showcasing SoCo artists

Last year SoCo Artists presented Showcase 1, a curated show of members selected by a committee of SoCo artists. The Showcase process allows artists to develop or consolidate a body of work supported by workshops, discussions and feedback. It proved so successful that it is back again as Showcase 2.  HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to take a look.

The Doors at The SPACE

Humming into doors.

Standing alone in a derelict space in St Leonards is a small, blue building. Like Doctor Who’s Tardis. It’s made of doors. And who knows what goes on behind closed doors? Intrigued, HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths took a look, opened and closed the doors and spoke to the developer, Bob Humm.

Eric Slater: Rough Sea (Splash Point)

A Sussex wave from Japan

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