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‘Mind Your Head’ live art cabaret seaside special

We can never moan that “there’s nothing going on” in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea — and here’s something fabulous to capture our senses: Zuzushii Art Laboratory’s “Mind Your Head’ live-art-cabaret seaside special and Sea Creatures exhibition is coming to town — plus a collective beach ritual. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks performer, artiste and film-maker Caroline Gregory some questions to find out more about what will be happening on the day (25 June).

Monika Tobel: Prehensile Pow-Wow

Who’s appearing at your event? 
Assorted artists and performers from the South-East and the Sea.
Who are your comperes?
Spruce Monkscyth and M’lie Dee

Paola de Ramos

Who are the Artists, Performers and Deep-sea Divas?
Good For Nothing Poet
Mikey Georgeson
Monika Tobel
Montague Armstrong
Nicole Mollett
Sparkes & Thompson
Spruce Monksycth
Tim Can
Venetia Nevill
Paola de Ramos
M’lie Dee

M’lie Dee and Elsie Treacle

Who are the exhibiting artists?
Fumico Azuma
Tim Can
Jude Montague
Saran Sparkes
Ian Thompson
Saran Doyle
Frog Morris
Julia Maddison
Miyuki Kasahara
Monika Tobel
Joanna McCormick

MYH’s Megan Cherie Owens

What is the exhibition about? 
The exhibiting artists are responding to the theme of ‘Sea Creatures’ and all things nautical. ‘Mind Your Head’, our special event on Saturday 25th June, will have an Art Cabaret, exhibition, film screenings and a collective Solstice beach mandala.
When are the ‘Mind Your Head’ seaside special and exhibition? 
Date and times:
Live Art Cabaret Saturday 25 June 3.30 – 7.30 pm
Closing Beach Ritual from 7.30 pm – 8.15 pm
Exhibition open Wednesday 29 – Sunday 3 July 10 – 5 pm
Where is it all happening?
26 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JY
Get tickets here. Booking essential! 
Suggested donation: £5 on the door.
Maximum 30 people!
How did ‘Mind Your Head’ start?
Born in the basement of Caribbean pub ‘The Golden Anchor’ in south-east London, ‘Mind Your Head’ provides opportunities for artists and musicians to develop new live works. Our 5th Mind Your Head – our seaside special in Hastings – is a very special collaboration with Zuzushii Art Laboratory.
Tell us more about the evening and what’s planned
This live art cabaret will be hosted by ’70s/’80s entertainer, Spruce Monkscyth (Calum F Kerr) & the incomparable M’lie Dee (that’s me, Caroline Gregory!).
The event is principally a space for artists to try out new material in front of their peers and all are welcome. Quite special in that sense.
There will be ten live acts, 4 short film screenings – by Sparkes & Thompson, Paola de Ramos, Caroline Gregory, Tim Can & Fumico Azuma – and a magic lantern show by Nicole Mollett.
I – as M’lie Dee – will be hosting fun and games at the beginning with ritualistic headdress making.  Our very special guest land artist, Venetia Nevill, will be leading a playful collective mandala ritual in honour of the Summer Solstice on the beach from 7.30 pm.

Kamura Obscura from a Mind Your Head event

We ask for a donation on the door and that’s up to the audience. We then share what we get amongst the performers at the end of the night, some of whom are travelling down from London specially. All that we are doing is unpaid. Many artists have reported that their experiences of performing at ‘Mind Your Head’ have really moved their practice forwards. We are extremely proud of this.

Zuzushii Art Laboratory Poster

‘Mind Your Head’ is all about experimentation and play!

We welcome everyone to join us in this celebration of everything weird and wonderful from the sea!
Find out more about Zuzushii Art Laboratory here.
And find out more about ‘Mind Your Head’ cabaret here.

More information about ‘Mind Your Head’s seaside special

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Posted 10:03 Monday, Jun 13, 2022 In: Arts News

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