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New shows at Zoom’s Warrior Square gallery and Oscar’s

Two new shows provide more momentum to the revival of the visual arts in Hastings. Anna Bachène will open a new exhibition at the Zooms Arts gallery at Warrior Square station next week, while Nick Hill already has an exhibition under way at Oscar’s on the Square. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 13:52 Friday, Sep 11, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Anna Bachene Celluloid Heroes Nick Hill Nick Terdre Zoom Arts

Feel the art at Hastings Contemporary

Hastings Contemporary is open again with Covid regulations intact and two very different exhibitions. First you walk through Quentin Blake’s rather forlorn We Live in Worrying Times and then enter something completely different in Victor Pasmore’s abstract exhibition: Line & Space. After five months in the cultural desert HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths went to visit the gallery.

Posted 19:07 Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Hastings Contemporary Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Quentin Blake Victor Pasmore

A colourful journey from Mexico, via Nice  to Hastings

Although we are always surrounded by colour, the changing tones of the sea, sky and trees the world has seemed a little bleak of late. So it is interesting to be reminded of the strength of colour – reds, oranges, blues and greens – that can lift a mood and evoke memories.  HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths found colour writ large in Harriet Macaree’s paintings at Hastings Arts Forum.

Posted 18:45 Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Harriet Macaree Hastings Arts Forum Lauris Morgan-Griffiths

Over and Out for Artshelter?

During the long wait for a bus, local artist and writer, Maureen Connett, has been pondering what can be done to cheer up the town centre, in particular the bus stops at Queens Road. She would have liked to share her art portraying local places in Hastings on the empty spaces at the bus shelters, but it looks like the Pandemic may have put paid to a ‘laudable initiative’. We can take another look at Maureen’s art here.

Posted 07:35 Monday, Aug 17, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Alexandra Park artshelter Big Choir Brassey Institute Christchurch Handels Messiah Hastings Philharmonic library Maureen Connett Opus Theatre St John the Evangelist the Spirit of Cricket

Quentin Blake living in worrying times

Sir Quentin Blake, greatly respected artist, renowned illustrator of children’s books and much loved Hastings resident, is living, like all of us, in these Covid-19 suspended animation times. Understandably, as many artists are – and will in the future – he has been exploring the effect of these times,  which has resulted in  an exhibition We Live In Worrying Times. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was intrigued to see some of the images which differ markedly from his previous work.

Posted 18:52 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Hastings Contemporary Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Sir Quentin Blake
Sharif Persuad. Courtesy Project Art Works

London exhibition for Hastings Project Arts’ Sharif Persaud

There is much to love about Hastings and St Leonards: not least the seaside and creativity here, but also the sense of community and support of people who are less well off or generally find life challenging. Project Art Works is a very special organisation that works creatively alongside people with complex needs. HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths met up with creative director Tim Corrigan to talk about one of their artists/makers, Sharif Persaud, who has an exhibition of his work in London. 

Posted 18:13 Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 In: Visual Arts Tags: Kate Adams Lauris Morgan-Griffiths Project Arts Project Sharif Persaud Tim Corrigan

Marianne North’s botanical drawings on display at Horntye

An exhibition of botanical drawings by Marianne North, who travelled the world practising her skill, will be held at Horntye Park during this year’s international chess congress. Nick Terdre reports. All illustrations by kind permission of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew.

Posted 18:43 Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: botanical drawings Hastings Local History Group Heather Grief Horntye Park Marianne North Teri Sayers-Cooper
© Susan Taylor The Sun Sinking

Australian summer blows into St Leonards

On these rainy, grey days there is an exuberant exhibition in St Leonards that lights the day. Summer has blown into the Solaris Gallery:  Susan Taylor – Australian Summer.  HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths was considerably cheered by the images that celebrate shapes, colour and nature with flowing complex shades and tones that lighten the dreariness of English winter.

Posted 11:14 Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 In: Visual Arts Tags: Alex Drawbridge Lauris Morgan-Griffiths
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