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#Lockdown Looking At Things

The objects we love to live with is the subject of an exciting new online collaborative project that has commenced in Lockdown2. Erica Smith casts her eye over this project created by ExploreTheArch theatre company.

Posted 21:29 Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020 In: Community Arts

Submissions invited for AltPitch festival in March

The AltPitch Arts and Technology Festival is inviting submissions for its inaugural event online in March. Commissions are on offer for the best entries, and there will also be a live-streamed debate on the future of technology in arts. Nick Terdre reports, images from Pexels.

Posted 19:27 Monday, Nov 23, 2020 In: Arts News Tags: AltPitch Anastasia Witts Esther Fox Nick Terdre Pexels

New twist on the ‘cyberpunk’ Sci-Fi film genre made in Hastings

VENUS is a short film shot in Hastings, co-written by filmmakers Andrew McGee and Tara Shehata and starring Margaret Clunie (VictoriaLast Christmas). It’s a self-contained short story that they are intending to use as a proof of concept to launch a full-length feature film. VENUS is inspired by cyberpunk classics like Blade Runner and Ex Machina. The film embraces the Sci-Fi genre, while sensitively exploring themes of identity, gender and objectification from a unique perspective. The script was also a

Posted 18:49 Sunday, Nov 15, 2020 In: Film Tags: Andrew McGee Gotham Alley Hastings Observer building Tara Shehata The Shadow of Cairo Venus film

Calling all local musicians – new paid commission opportunity!

A new commission is being offered to musicians to undertake community engagement projects in Hastings over Winter 2020-2021.

Posted 18:06 Saturday, Nov 14, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Historic England Project Art Works Trinity Triangle Trinity Triangle Heritage Action Zone TTHAZ
In th Crosshairs © Clare Hochter

Lockdown stories in photographs

What did you do during lockdown? It meant different things to different people: to some it was a welcome hiatus; to others a sort of imprisonment; lonely; stuck; lack of concentration; walks; gardening; reading; jigsaws; boxed TV sets; cooking and baking. Some enjoyed it, others hated it. And lots thanked the weather gods for the fine weather. To HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths a black cloud settled, resulting in a sort of torpor with the occasional action spike. But I did take photographs, as did other members of Photo Hastings – and here I have to declare an interest ­ – as being part of an exhibition We Baked All Our Own Bread: one mischief always leads to another.

Posted 20:30 Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 In: Photography Tags: Alex Brattell Andrew Moran Clare Hochter Katie Redfern Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Nicole Zaaroura Roz Cran Sharon Haward
Orangutan watching a butterlfly © Ian Wood

The eyes have it

Our lives may have shrunk, like snails, into our homes, but the tentacles of Covid stretch far and wide into far reaching sectors. One: the natural world of trees, birds, animals, as we reach out for something, anything, outside our immediate environment. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was thrilled to encounter Ian Wood’s photographs of great apes at the Lucy Bell Gallery.

Posted 20:55 Monday, Oct 26, 2020 In: Photography Tags: David Attenborough Ian Wood Jane Goodall Institute Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Gallery Orangutan Foundation

Young talent on display at Hastings Arts Forum

Hastings and St Leonards have a long tradition of creative energy and artistic exuberance. Historically, the town has drawn artists, writers and musicians, who have created work that is recognised nationally as well as internationally. But little recognition has been given to our very young, emerging talent. Until now, as an exhibition at the Hastings Arts Forum, Primary Art, Hastings and St. Leonards Young Artists, so well demonstrates, writes HAF member John Cole, who also took the photos.

Posted 19:11 Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: All Saints Academy Hastings Arts Forum Primary Art Sacred Heart Catholic Primary West St. Leonards Primary young artists Young students

Hastings International Piano announces Digital Festival

Headlining Hastings International Piano’s one-day Digital Festival will be Rufus Wainwright, and there will also be piano recitals by Maxim Kinasov and Martin James Bartlett, together with a piano masterclass given by Professor Vanessa Latarche, says HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 17:42 Thursday, Oct 22, 2020 In: Music & Sound Tags: Chi-chi Nwanoku Chineke! Orchestra Chris Cormack Hastings International Piano Ian Roberts Martin James Bartlett Maxim Kinasov Rufus Wainwright Vanessa Latarche
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