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21st Century Types ©Grace Lau

Exotic 21st century types

Grace Lau is a well known, highly respected figure around the Old Town, but appreciation spreads further afield when it comes to the photography fraternity. Moving to Hastings, Grace, as a professional photographer and tutor, has been integral to forming a rich photography community in the town. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths talked to her about how she came to be here and her new book, Portraits in a Chinese Studio, a project conceived, born and bred in Hastings.

Posted 18:02 Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Grace Lau Lauris Morgan-Griffiths London College of Communication Portraits in a Chinese Studio Turner Gallery
(c) Zoe Sim - Gstaad 2017

Seeing trees in a different light

Trees are always an interesting subject for artists and photographers. And a very particular depiction of them can be seen at an intriguing exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery. This is not an exhibition concentrating on specific species, more a contemplative riff on the effect of trees on the individual artists. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked co-curator Lucy Bell about how the exhibition, which she and John Stezaker have been talking about for 18 months, came together. 

Posted 21:41 Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 In: Photography Tags: Ieuan Morris Jean-luc Brouard Kirsten Reynolds Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Lucy Bell Gallery Melissa Moore Zoe Sim
Greg Smith - Powdermill © Tom Hunter

Exiles’ proud journey home

Sometimes an outsider’s eye is needed to point up things that we see every day and take somewhat for granted. Hastings and St Leonards, as we know, has always seen an influx of people making their way from elsewhere to the south coast and embedding themselves in the community. But it is not only British people. Lauris Morgan-Griffiths spoke to photographer Tom Hunter about his taxi driver project A Journey Home which opens on 9 February at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Wild Hastings photography exhibition at the station

Wild Hastings features the work of PhotoHastings members Rose Biela, Ian Grant, Marybeth Haas and Andrew Moran and is part of the 2018 PH season of events. Marybeth Haas shares her vision for curating this free and accessible exhibition at Hastings Rail Station on now until 31 January 2019.

Posted 16:39 Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 In: Photography Tags: Andrew Moran Art connecting with nature Hastings Rail Station Ian Grant Marybeth Haas mb haas nature Photo Hastings photography exhibition well being Wild Hastings
© Bob Mazzer

Launch of Silver Hill Press

There is definitely an appetite, pride and support for enterprising, affordable, well produced local publishing. Hastings Fish Cook Book is a specialist private publishing company, which published its first cook book in 2009 and produced three different editions and several reprints. The first edition sold out of a print run of 10,00o. Now there is another independent enterprise, Silverhill Press. Photographer Ian Land had the great idea of publishing a series of art monographs starting with photography and then extending out to poetry, possibly illustration and collage. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths asked Ian some questions about the project.

Posted 13:46 Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 In: Photography Tags: Alex Brattell Bob Mazzer Hastings Fish Cook Book Ian Land Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Martel Colou Print Nigel Green Richard de Pesando

Willcocks portrait exhibition: extended!

One Shot. I heard about this exhibition from one of the artists who’s been photographed. One Shot. One snap of the lens and that’s it, photoshoot ended. Next! However it’s clear that photographer, Tim Willcocks wanted to capture – and has been successful – the core intrinsic essence of the person. Their uniqueness. Captured in a single image. One chance. The exhibition has now been extended for another week, along with opportunities to chat to Tim Willcocks himself. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 08:58 Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 In: Photography Tags: Emily Holt Grace Latter Nick Weekes Zelly Restorick
Cecilia Di Paolo MadeTo Be Loved

Not the Final Major Project at HAF

When you hear the words ‘graduate show’, the heart tends to sink. So it was with some trepidation that HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went along to Hastings Arts Forum to see Not the Final Major Project, a graduate collaboration photography show between PhotoHastings and Brighton Fringe. But she couldn’t have been more wrong; her fears were totally unfounded. It is an 

Posted 06:59 Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 In: Photography Tags: Brighton PhotoFringe (BPF2018) Lauris Morgan-Griffiths PhotoHastings Sarah French
Chasing the Dragon © Philip Volkers

Burning Man in St Leonards

Sometimes you think you know things and then realise that you simply don’t. Naively, HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths thought a festival was a festival was a festival – a gathering, mainly music-orientated with some side events. But bumping up against the Burning Man Festival, it explains on its website: ‘Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community.’ So that put her straight… i

Posted 13:31 Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 In: Photography Tags: Arthur Mamou-Manil Black Rock Burning Man Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Lucy Bell Gallery Nevada Philip Volkes
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