Gallery 1 – The world is my Country is a visual celebration of the people and movements that opposed the First World War including those from Germany and the Global South. Their stories are brought alive for a new generation.
Event: 7pm, Friday 9 November Emily Johns and Gabriel Carlyle give a whirlwind tour of the art and history behind the images.
Gallery 2 – Protest & Thrive: an exhibition inspired by artist sister Corita Kent and veteran campaigner Richard Crump celebrating protest. There will be workshops and discussion groups throughout the event – watch this space.
PROTEST & THRIVE: AN EXHIBITION OF GRAPHIC RESISTANCE
Inspired by Sister Corita Kent & Richard Crump
EMILY JOHNS: THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY
A celebration of people and movements that opposed the First World War
30 October – 11 November 2018
Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0BU
Exhibitions open: Tue – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Closed Mondays and Sat 10 Nov
Two protest-themed exhibitions at Hastings Arts Forum (30 Oct – 11 Nov):
Protest & Thrive: a celebration of graphic resistance, inspired by the work of the American artist and nun, Corita Kent, and the protest placards of British peace activist Richard Crump. Featuring letterpress posters by Dennis Gould, the work of political publisher Leeds Postcards, as well as protest t-shirts and otherwork by artists Mark Pawson, Rachael House and Erica Smith. See below for a full list of accompanying events during the exhibition.
Emily Johns: The World is My Country: A visual celebration of the people and movements across the world who resisted the First World War. Featuring stories of suffragettes and Maori princesses, disobedient soldiers and clandestine printing presses, a nonviolent Irish revolutionary and Wales’ greatest philosopher. Plus,specially-commissioned poetry by renowned contemporary poets Alan Brownjohn, Anna Robinson and Mererid Hopwood. Accompanying talk on Fri 9 Nov (see below).
Wed 31 Oct, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Hallowe’en Witch Zine-Making Workshop.
Come and make your own zine page, badge or protest poster. Free event (but donations to cover the costs of gallery hire very welcome!) Open to everyone but places limited. Please book here: tinyurl.com/halloweenzine
Fri 2 Nov, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Sister Corita Kent film and Zine Making / Badge Making.
Two short films about the work of Sister Corita Kent: artist, nun and inspirational art teacher. Plus a chance to make your own badge or zine page.
Sat 3 Nov, 6.30 – 8.30pm: Open evening.
Wine, nibbles and protest! All welcome.
Sun 4 Nov, 6 – 7pm: ‘How the Vote Was Won’.
A free, one-woman performance of a 109-year-old play about women’s fight for the vote. Written by Cicely Hamilton (author of the lyrics for the famous suffrage song “The March of the Women”) and Christopher St John. Adapted and and performed by Hastings performer Esme Needham.
Mon 5 Nov, 7.30pm: Brand III (film)
For decades the Hambach Forest in Germany has been “cleared” for coal-mining. Today only 10% of it remains. Last year more than 10,000 people took part in protests around the opencast mines. In this 120 min film, Susanne Fasbender looks back on the first protest camps in the Rhineland, which helped end the silence about this ongoing environmental – and climate change – disaster.
Fri 9 Nov, 7pm: ‘The World is My Country’ talk with Emily Johns & Gabriel Carlyle.
Join Emily Johns and Gabriel Carlyle for a whirlwind tour of the history behind the images, and an exploration of the unknown history of the German Revolution that accompanied the war’s end. Plus, the story of the British campaigners who opposed Britain’s post-war ‘hunger blockade’ of Germany.
Sat 10 Nov, 10.30am – 4pm: How We Win: Exploring Nonviolent Resistance.
Angry about climate change or the arms trade? Concerned about the rights of refugees or the rise of the far right? Do you want to end zero hours contracts or protect your local library from closure? This workshop will explore how we can all take effective action to bring about the changes we want to see in the world. Led by three long-time campaigners from Peace News (www.peacenews.info). By donation. Food provided. Booking required.
BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE: bit.ly/HowWeWin-PeaceNews-Hastings
Friday 14th September 2018 at 6.30pm. Agenda and Minutes from last meeting have been sent out to members.
The Big Draw will once again be held at the Hastings Arts Forum on Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, from 10am to 4pm. A wonderful FREE event for families and for anyone who just wants to just have fun drawing. This year’s theme is PLAY, which is open to a wide range of interpretations, whether you decide to get animated, illusionary or just plain messy! All art materials will be provided and it’s FREE!
An exhibition of surreal landscape paintings and drawings by local artist Katherine Reekie.
This collection of recent and past works explores our fascination with the monumental. From standing stones to topiary, the world is covered in impressive examples of humanity’s ability to create art in the landscape. Katherine presents a series of imagined scenes that explore the strange and powerful effect that scale and environment have on our perception. Her intention is not to depict reality but to nudge people to question and consider it.
100 years ago Woolf had published her first novel. Today she is considered one of the foremost modernist female writers of the 20th Century, a pioneer of streams of consciousness narrative; her work, themes and concerns remain uncannily relevant to today’s society.
This all female group of nine contemporary artists seek to interpret Woolf’s written work on themes of memory, the passage of time, the corrosion and rejuvenation of life, the status of women in society, the consequences of war and existentialism. The exhibition will include installation work, sculpture, photography, sound and video works.
Woolf was strongly connected to the South East having lived, written and died in East Sussex, close to her sister Vanessa Bell; both part of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf had associations with Sissinghurst, Knole, Sevenoaks and Rye, to the source of the river Ouse that makes its way from Sheffield Park through Lewes to Rodmell, where Woolf lived for much of her life.
Below are brief statements about the nine artists.
Jane Cordery’s artworks and installations evolve by linking human fragility with environmental and socio-political impacts. Particularly interested in liminal states she examines contemporary dichotomies, such as: connection and disconnect, cohesion and fragmentation, inclusion and marginalisation. Often seeking historical parallels, she acknowledges the importance of memory. A process based artist, she works with a variety of material and methodologies.
Kit Forrest recreates stories from the past, intertwining her own personal experiences. Fascinated by stories that are uncomfortable, ingrained beneath the surface, wound tightly into our subconscious yet affecting our day to day lives, she carefully unpicks them, processing as she makes. Utilising found imagery and material steeped in tradition she gradually allows the subconscious to communicate visually.
Sonia Griffin’s practice explores ideas and materials of our product and fashion based culture and how historic values are attached to these. She uses the traditions of modernism to convey a thought or obsession that she is exploring. This exploration does not aim to end with a message for viewers but seeks to visually convey elements of our world differently.
Rachel Hornsby is drawn to the spirit of folklore, songs and literature that has inspired or captured the imagination of others through the generations. The gift to evoke a texture, object or feeling is what she seeks to capture and make manifest, bringing form to the mental imagery conveyed. Her work takes a variety of forms, often inspired by found objects that connect thought and memory
Frederique Jones‘ is interested in what lies beyond our immediate perception of things and seeks to bring these imperceptible happenings forward. She chooses her materials and methods to fit with the object of her investigation, which is essentially process-led and often characterised by repetition. Her work may combine empirical elements, chance or mathematical algorithms and ranges from small scale, wall-based pieces to larger sculptural installations.
Sam King’s artwork responds to both interior and exterior landscapes, often in combination; an interplay between two worlds. Her focus is drawn to a specific element, place or time which she feels compelled to share, the rest becomes obsolete; a mental process of selection and omission. She works with both physical materials and digital media, resulting in videos and paintings that sit between genres – paintings which are also photographs, videos which are also deliberate interventions.
Lorrain Mailer initiates fragile sculptures and installations where the material often unassuming, ephemeral or transparent subtly draws the viewer through a language of visual association. Her objective is for the viewer to unpick meaning, interpret the work and draw their own conclusions on: contemporary discrepancies, double standards, complacency and values maintained in our society.
Carolyn Morris questions: how our encounters with the physical world are shaped by the objects we use, the ‘rules’ or assumptions we adopt in relation to them – which may be deeply embedded in us, how these come to determine the space we occupy, the seeming passivity of the object waiting to be handled and the change of direction that is suggested through human intervention.
Venetia Nevill is drawn to sensory and experiential work to express an intuitive connection with the world. She is inspired by the rhythms of nature, with its cycles of birth, life, death and renewal. Her ecologically informed installations are homage to this elemental connection and to the notion of transformation and healing through the recycling process.
A group exhibition of four artists whose work explores aspects of the human condition.
The photographs in his Steam Baths series were taken over a 10-day period at The New Docklands Steam Bath in Canning Town, London.
Malcolm’s work has been published and exhibited both internationally and throughout the U.K. His work has been purchased for public and private collections.
His photographic work has two strands to it. The first side of his work is documentary based, which encompasses diverse communities and subjects in their urban and rural environments.
Current ongoing work uses digital technology to produce large-scale constructed prints. The prints are comprised of multiple images shot throughout the day and then stitched together to create a single image of the subject matter.
“Throughout my artwork I try to capture a sense of movement and depth. Using layers upon layers of paint and wax, with each layer bringing forth a perfect dance between paint and paper, I try and convey a controlled sense of movement. My paintings are primarily abstract figures, capturing figures dancing across the canvas.
When working on my sculptures I also try to portray the same sense of beating energy. My work includes dynamic, sweeping brush strokes of water colour, ink and wax that characterize much of my artwork.
Working in my studio I often work in a meditative state working on many paintings and sculptures at a time, this allows me to work with multiple mediums allowing me to visualise and manifest various dimensional creativity all at one time. Connecting myself within a world of paint and materials.”
Alistair studied Fine Art at Corsham: Bath Academy and Postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art.
His work explores the transience nature of self -identity and the semiotics of dislocation through his paintings in mixed media and gold leaf. He has work in private and international collections and has had extensive exhibitions in London and the South –East.
This series aims to capture the unconscious movements we make in our sleep, with a single exposure lasting from sunrise till the subject wakes up. In a society saturate with images and a sense of self awareness, I felt a draw to creating something less controlled in a space usually kept private.
Rising Talent 3 is a free open submission for artists who fulfil the following criteria:
To have graduated within the last two years or not to have shown professionally before.
Waterworks includes a wide spectrum of approaches in watercolour, commanding freshness, exuberance and transparency.
New ways are still being found to explore watercolour’s elusive and shifting qualities. This has lead to artists extending the traditional scale of watercolours into large exciting works, that can be “hung” in a new way outside a conventional frame.
The six contributing artists are: Agnieszka Dabrowska, Raymond Mc Chrystal, Stephanie Fawbert, Marie-Louise Miller, Alice Maylam and Susan Miller.
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