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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.

Dora Carrington Iris Tree on a Horse - 1920s courtesy-the-ingram-collection

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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Romney Marsh churches to host bold new art

The English Cemetery, Marcus Harvey, 2016 © Marcus Harvey and Vigo Gallery

Marcus Harvey at the Jerwood

The Chapman Brothers exhibited at the Jerwood in 2014 and are now followed by another YBA (Young British Artist): Marcus Harvey. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to experience the exhibition as she was not very familiar with his work. Except for one specific piece of art.

Miro at the zoo © Lee Miller Archives, England 2016. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

Miro’s magical animals

Hastings, in many ways, is spoilt for choice for culture that is on the doorstep: amazing gardens as well as artists’ and writers’ houses open to the public – Charleston, Bateman’s, Farley Farm, Knole, Sissinghurst; live bands and talks. A few weeks ago HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths tripped across Antony Penrose who had come to the Printworks from nearby Farley Farm to talk about Joan Miró, who he had met as a child, and his children’s book Miró’s Magic Animals.

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