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Pockets by the sea

Danny Pockets is well known in Hastings and beyond our boundaries. He is an artist, video maker and sculptor, as well as a visual historian and a psycho-geographer:  documenting and walking into the faded, battered, disappearing social history of the every day. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths had  heard of Pockets and his nostalgic shop fronts series but the first images she saw were of  that strong, sculptural work horse of a construction, Hastings pier.

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Alan Russell’s perspective on the world

Zoom Arts continues its series of exhibitions at its Warrior Square station gallery with a show entitled As I See It by Alan Russell. The artist explains how he produces his work.

Posted 17:02 Thursday, May 4, 2017 In: Visual Arts Tags: , , ,
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Roland Jarvis through his daughter’s eyes

It is not altogether fanciful to refer to Roland Jarvis as an extraordinary man. He was in his eighties when in 2015 he had his first one-person show in Hastings, at the Fleet Gallery. Reviewed at the time by Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, it was an exhilarating exhibition laying out his talents in  his paintings, drawings and installations. Following his death last year, a retrospective has opened at the same gallery. Lauris recalls the man through the eyes of his daughter.

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Don’t Turn Back

Greeting the visitor in the Jerwood Gallery is a barrage of images. Surprising and extraordinary. It took HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths a few minutes to get her head around the display and focus on the array of drawings.

Posted 16:57 Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 In: Visual Arts Tags: , , ,
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Pin-Ups: David Bowie comes to Norman Road

David Bowie died one year ago. His death was the first of many from the performing arts during 2016, but also the one for which the public reaction around the world was the most intense. An exhibition of photographs of him across nearly 50 years has just opened at the Lucy Bell Gallery in Norman Road. Toby Sargent went to the preview last Saturday.

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Celebrating a century of  modern British artists

It was the day after the American election and the day looked so bleak that HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths decided to go to the Jerwood Gallery and see something uplifting: Century: 100 Modern British Artists. It was not so much the British-ness of the exhibition, more the fact that artists had looked, considered, and created something new, interesting and sustainable. Lauris wanted to see something that had intelligence and talent; honesty in an uncertain world.

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Sea Crossing

Boats. There is something  about boats. From children playing in the bath with them, sailing them over ponds, boats frustratingly lost from being becalmed or capsizing. Then there are more grown up connotations; travel, exploration, trade, slaves, war and invasion. And  the vulnerability of mass migration in less-than-seaworthy vessels. At the Folkestone Triennial 2011, HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths walked into a church and was entranced by Hew Locke’s motley fleet of boats sailing in the knave above her. Magical and thought provoking.

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Martin Honeysett, home to roost at Hastings Museum, starts cartoon festival with a bang

The opening of A Taste of Honeysett at Hastings Museum this Thursday is the launch event for Hastings Cartoon Festival. The retrospective of Martin Honeysett’s work was exhibited at the London Cartoon Museum earlier this year, and Hastings’ locals are delighted to see the artwork of one of the country’s most highly regarded cartoonists back in the town that he made his home. HOT’s Erica Smith sketches out the high points of the Cartoon Festival.

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