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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

Local professionals encourage young people to get creative.

Culture Shift, a key partner in the “Get Hastings Reading” campaign, has launched a series of short films featuring 5 local creative professionals,  to encourage young people to take up the art of creative writing reports, HOT’s

Posted 11:52 Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: Andy Willard Cartooning Chrissy Hamar-Brown Creative Writing Culture Shift Ed Boxall Get Hastings Reading Graphic Novels illustration John Knowles. Script writing Siddy Bennet young people Youtube

Announcing the heritage book choice for ATownExploresABook 2021

The annual ATownExploresABook (ATEAB) festival in St Leonards-on-Sea is an exciting exploration of a heritage book by everyone in the community – including visitors. It’s also the biggest platform for young people’s outdoor art in the region – which you can see on the platform at Southeastern’s Warrior Square station where the local Transition Town community group have created a beautiful garden.

Posted 20:55 Sunday, Jul 12, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: 1871 A town explores a book ATownExploresABook Crowdfunder nonsense owl and pussy cat The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

Find out how you can stitch for change with Janey Moffatt

With Refugee Week – “the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary” – approaching next week, Janey Moffatt, crafter-in-chief of the Craftimation Factory, writes about a project she is working on, together with Chilean textile artist Jimena Pardo of Bordando por la Memoria, for the Refugee Buddy Project. She also gives details of an exciting Zoom session coming up on Friday.

Posted 21:26 Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: arpillera Jane Grimshaw Janey Moffatt Refugee Week Stitch for Change

MSL’s SALONS: your participation required!

MSL is pleased to announce the start of an exciting new online programme of Digital Arts Events as part of the Dot Dash Programme.

Posted 05:03 Sunday, May 31, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: MSL Projects Rosanna Lowe

Arts on Prescription

Tara Reddy was one of the founding members of Hastings Online Times and is a long-time community activist. She is also the driving force behind Arts On Prescription (AOP) – a scheme where people who are feeling depressed, lonely or anxious are ‘prescribed’ art and creative courses through their GP surgery. Tara will be the guest on Thrive at 5 this Saturday on Hastings Isolation Station. Here she tells us more about Arts on Prescription.

Posted 23:19 Monday, May 18, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: Art keep connected keep safe Kindness Matters Mental Health Awareness Week stay home stay well

Bavard Bar Special on Isolation Station Hastings

Isolation Station Hastings is a Facebook Live broadcast page – and people have been broadcasting from individual homes all over Hastings 

Posted 14:07 Tuesday, Apr 14, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: Bavard Bar Isolation Station Hastings

FREE creativity workshops

Local artists, Janey Moffatt, Lee Shearman, Pip Rowson and Sophie Shaw were recently awarded funding from the National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ to run a series of FREE creative workshops that promote good mental health and build community. These were due to start in May. Obviously these are not going ahead as planned, but they feel like they could be more valuable than ever in our current circumstances, so they’re thinking about how they can take the project online.

Posted 11:46 Monday, Apr 6, 2020 In: Community Arts Tags: House of Cultural Curiosity The Craftimation Factory
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