Self Portrait Exhibition

An exhibition of self-portraits from Hastings Arts Forum members
Open Evening 8th March 2019 6.30 – 8.30pm


 

Hastings Arts Forum’s Creative Christmas Fair 2018

The Forum’s Christmas Fair is an opportunity for members to show and sell thier handmade arts and crafts in our elegant and popular venue.  Always well attended, the event it seen by many as a traditional part of their Christmas shopping experience.

Creative Christmas is a curated show, exhibitors are selected based on the quality and uniqueness of their work, ensuring a broad range of beautiful, high quality artefacts.

For expressions of interest, please request an application.
Contact April Yasamee – ayasamee@gmail.com


 

SOCO: MISCELLANY 4

SoCo Artists is a group of professional artists, based in East Sussex, presenting a challenging programme of exhibitions, public arts, events and talks in an eclectic range of venues, taking their work to a wide and varied audience.
Miscellany 4 is SoCo Artists’ fourth annual show to be held at the gallery. The exhibition is in effect a members show, renowned for bringing together the work of this highly talented group of artists, representing a wide range of style and media.

 

HAF AGM DATE ANNOUNCED

Friday 14th September 2018 at 6.30pm.  Agenda and Minutes from last meeting have been sent out to members.


 

The 2018 Big Draw

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!

Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0BU (opposite Azur)
www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk
thebigdraw.org


 

Monumental : Katherine Reekie

Monumental
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.


 

Wavelengths – A novel exhibition on Virginia Woolf

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. 

www.janecordery.com 

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. 

www.kitforrest.co.uk 

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. 

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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 

rachelhornsby.wordpress.com 

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. 

frederiquejones.com 

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.  

www.samkingartist.uk 

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. 

www.lorrainmailer.com 

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. 

www.carolynmorris.co.uk 

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. 

www.venetianevill.com

 


 

100 years on and what have we got?

This show takes a realistic/critical look at the situation of women today, since the momentous, hard won vote of 100 years ago.

The artists, eighteen to eighty and from all over the country, have come together to produce work that reflects their own ideas of what that situation is now, through a variety of media – posters, paintings, prints, constructions and sculptures.

Alongside this work Hastings Women’s Voice is organising films, talks, debates and entertainments to give the public the opportunity to share this acknowledgement of an important centenary.


 

RE-POSE

A group exhibition of four artists whose work explores aspects of the human condition.

Malcolm Glover  

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.

Lydia Moon 

“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 Kendry 

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.

Charlotte Lambert-Gorwyn

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.


 

Tutti-Frutti

Tutti-Frutti Exhibition includes an eclectic mix of 4 artists living and making work in Hastings and St Leonards.  Each artist explores and taps into the vibrancy and energy within the local area as part of their inspiration to make work, and as a group each artist has responded to local influences and experimental ways of working.

The fab four include Katia Giordanella a 3D ceramicist, Carrie Warrior a print maker, Mara Garatti a jeweller/precious metal worker and Wendy Smith a painter.  Each having a unique perspective and curiosity, exploring the ideas of tradition combined and contrasting with contemporary practice. 

Researching and respecting where they live, embracing the seasonal influences, the constant element of flux and quirks that seaside towns bring with the varying times of year.  The appeal of the attractions with the constant stream of summer day trippers seduced by the sea, fish & chips, arcades, fishing boats and pier to mention a few.


 

Rising Talent 3

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.


 

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