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The return of The Time Machine

Covid-19 came along just in time to put a damper on St Leonards’ exploration of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine during April. The A Town Explores a Book festival rapidly adjusted to become an online event, but the closure of the shops and restrictions on public open spaces meant that many of the events, exhibitions and shop window displays could not happen at all.

Posted 21:59 Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020 In: Arts News

BLM creative call-out from Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is offering its platform to local black and ethnic minority communities to share their responses to George Floyd’s killing and the Black Lives Matter movement. Now more than ever, the arts can be a vehicle for change, a chance to heal and bring people together that may never have had the chance, writes HOT’s Vanessa Alves.

Posted 19:03 Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 In: Arts News Tags: #HastingsDigitalMuseum activism Art Black Lives Matter commissioned art councillor Kim Forward George Floyd Hastings Museum and Art Gallery protest

“The Sea of Curiosity” stories from the exhibition of paintings by Keith Waller

Artist Keith Waller recently appealed for writers to respond to a series of his paintings by writing a short narrative. He was overwhelmed with responses. This is the first short story, by a writer simply known as Spike.

Posted 22:38 Monday, Jun 8, 2020 In: Arts News

Museum call out for freelancers

The team at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG) is launching their second callout for freelancers to help support #HastingsDigitalMuseum. Hastings Digital Museum runs across Hastings Museum & Art Gallery’s social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Posted 14:47 Thursday, May 28, 2020 In: Arts News Tags: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

How time flies!

The original time period for A Town Explores A Book 2020 was a three-week period over the Easter holidays. However, because Covid-19 precautions have currently put a stop to any outdoor art installations or public events, the festival span has been extended until the end of July. HOT’s Erica Smith gives an update of the different ways that H.G.Wells’ The Time Machine is being celebrated throughout May.

Posted 10:41 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 In: Arts News Tags: A town explores a book St Leonards

Robot comes to the rescue of art lovers

HOT writer Brian Hick enjoys a virtual trip around Hastings Contemporary’s current exhibition via robot – a UK first, as he explains. The gallery plans to roll out the innovative viewing facility for all, though it is first making it available to those who are vulnerable and at risk due to isolation. Photos by Will Barrett of Hastings Contemporary.

Posted 11:11 Saturday, Apr 11, 2020 In: Arts News

Prospect beautiful – Derek Jarman’s cottage

Happy news, A. Vasudevan writes. After a period of great uncertainty about its future, Prospect Cottage, Derek Jarman’s Dungeness home, has been saved, following the Art Fund’s £3.5 million fundraising campaign.

Posted 13:01 Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020 In: Arts News Tags: Art Fund Derek Jarman Derek Jarman filmmaker Dungeness Jarman's cottage

Ida Haag’s parallel world on view at Hastings Arts Forum

A exhibition of recent work by Ida Haag opens at Hastings Arts Forum on 3 March, with a private view the following day. Brian Hick talked to the Swedish artist about the parallel world from which she draws her inspiration.

Posted 13:01 Monday, Feb 24, 2020 In: Arts News Tags: Brian Hick Hastings Arts Forum Ida Haag
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