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  • Studio/office spaces take shape on the first floor of the Observer Building.

    Come to an open day at the born-again Observer Building!

    The Observer Building will soon be reopening its doors to serve the community. Sharon Rhodes got the lowdown from Jess Steele, one of the key players in rescuing this landmark edifice from dereliction. Continue reading…

    International pioneering self compassion teachers come to Sussex

    The Sussex Mindfulness Centre is excited to host the 2022 Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) workshop led by American founders of the programme, Drs Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.


    A look inside ‘Gaza Ghetto’

    An invitation to experience the ‘world’s largest open prison’ from the inside at film screening and talk by leading Palestinian academic, Dr Shahd Abusalama. Report by Katy Colley, Chair of Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


    Silverhill Press presents… a wonderful exhibition

    This weekend, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, is the second and final weekend of the Silverhill Press Presents exhibition at Electro Studios Project Space. Erica Smith sings the praises of a perfect exhibition in the perfect setting.


    Land of Hope and Glory Grayson Perry at Birling Gap © Richard Ansett/Lucy Bell Gallery

    Lucy Bell at Photo London

    There is always a first time for everything. And this year was gallerist Lucy Bell’s first time exhibiting at the international photography show, PhotoLondon at Somerset House. The fair has been going since 2004 at the Royal Academy, then Old Billingsgate for a year and then stopped. It was rekindled in 2015, had its Covid hiccups and was back again last year. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to check her out at the Fair.


    Strandliners: what’s new?

    Strandliners is a local Community Interest Company headed by human dynamo, Andy Dinsdale and a team of determined and loyal volunteers. Their mission statement: ‘increasing public awareness of our environment through citizen science and community engagement’.  Zelly Restorick reports.


    Marie in the Margins takes over Hastings Museum, Battle Abbey… and Kalamazoo

    This week, the combined power of the 12th and 21st century female workforces have led to a successful invasion of the historic grounds of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Battle Abbey and Western Michigan University. Erica Smith writes about this quiet and long-planned conquest.


    Pier-owner shamed by Tribunal decisions

    When Hastings Pier was sold off in June 2018, the Hastings Pier Charity staff were transferred to the new owner too — for a while. Sheikh Abid Gulzar was a controversial employer. By late 2018 the Chief Engineer and his assistant had quit, and many others. At an Employment Tribunal in Ashford this week, the engineers Peter Wheeler and Daisy Hill stated their case. Sheikh Abid Gulzar did not even show up (nor anyone on his behalf). Bernard McGinley was among those in the room to hear the judge’s decisions.


    Slum of Legs

    Slum of Legs & Codex Serafini to play The Brass, Hastings

    Following the successful return of Sunday Sonics at The Crypt in February, and heavyweight sets by groundbreaking international electronic artists Yao Bobby & Simon Grab and Dhangsha at The Piper in St Leonards on Sea last month, Sonics present two more electrifying acts on 20th May 2022. The Sonics’ James Weaver has the details.


    Cecily Brown Oinops 2016-2017 signed and dated on the verso oil on linen 154.9 x 180.3 cm. 61 x 71 in. © Cecily Brown. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery

    All at sea at Hastings Contemporary

    Hastings Contemporary opened 10 years ago on the Stade, right next to the beach that hosts Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet and where fishermen have been launching and landing their boats for over 1,000 years. It seems apt, therefore, to celebrate those 10 years with the exhibition Seafaring. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was delighted to explore.


    2022 HBC election results: what do they tell us?

    Though it was the Green Party gains which grabbed the headlines, there is much to be learned from the implications of last week’s election of 16 councillors to Hastings Borough Council for politics in Hastings & Rye. James Prentice sifts through the facts and figures to address such questions as: how did the Greens gain such rapid support in four Labour seats? should the Conservatives ditch Boris Johnson? and should Labour change Keir Starmer’s new approach? Graphics by the writer except where stated.



    ESCC leader rejects call to back windfall tax on Big Oil

    Today at County Hall, Lewes, the leader of East Sussex County Council (ESCC) rejected a call to back a windfall tax on Big Oil, as climate campaigners staged a theatrical protest outside demanding that ESCC stop shielding the giant fossil fuel companies that are reaping huge windfall profits from the war in Ukraine. Divest East Sussex writes.



    One Planet Hastings

    The One Planet Hastings event is happening at the Common Room this Thursday 12 May from 7-9pm; a warm up event for the One Planet Cities UK Tour with Chris Richards. Come and hear Chris’s experience of setting up One Planet Bristol and understanding the pathways to a One Planet Hastings. Transition Town Hastings writes.


    Countdown to no overall control

    HOT’s Chris Connelley spent Friday at this year’s election count and reports on the reaction from the floor as the results emerged which eventually moved Hastings Borough Council into no overall control.



    The Magic of Motown

    What’s HOT at the White Rock

    HOT’s Paul Way-Rider takes a look at some of the shows on offer at the White Rock Theatre for the coming month.


    Labour lose council majority following Green surge

    In the face of a Green surge, Labour has lost its controlling majority on Hastings Borough Council, opening up the prospect of more collaborative decision-making in council chambers. Nick Terdre details the results of Thursday’s local elections.