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Short Stay

Jean Davey Winter, Brian Rybolt, Roma Tearne and Mollie Tearne.

This exhibition brings together four very different artists united by a love of travel and by the impact it has upon their work. However brief the exposure to a new environment each artist’s work has been in some way changed and enriched by the experience. This may be in terms of new subject matter, colour palette or as a subtle reminder of past experiences.



The characters in Ida Haag’s paintings and sculpture inhabit a parallel world. Her work speaks of identity, illusion, magic and nudity. The motifs conceal strong dramatic emotions often within deceptively endearing images.

Vincent Oyenga’s work combines the vibrancy and colour of Kenya where he grew up,and the inner and outer journeys taken since. Matisse, Monet, Modigliani, Boghossian and Schiele, capture his imagination and have influenced his art in different ways.


Stains and Traces V

Carrying on the concept propounded by the late Ian Welsh, Stains and Traces V will continue to explore work based on “representing the presence or absence of a figure, as well as anthropomorphic echoes and resonances”.

Showcasing some artists that have never exhibited at the gallery before, their work will build on and push forward the tradition of this show, one of Hastings Arts Forum’s most respected exhibitions.


Grand Art Sale 2020

This exciting show gives you the opportunity to buy artwork by Hastings Arts Forum members at affordable prices.

Exhibiting artists include: Branka Vrhovski-Stanton, Robin Holtom, Alex Leadbeater, Jess Levine and Sharon Moore.

Exhibition space will book up quickly, but at the time of going to press there is still the opportunity for Hastings Arts Forum members to reserve some wall space or plinths for their work.


Gifted: Christmas Fair

This buzzing, high quality, curated arts fair showcases jewellery, glass, metalware, hats and fashion items, paintings, ceramics, paper goods, local consumables of apple juice, chutneys and chocolates from designers across Sussex and beyond. There is a dedicated stall from East Sussex College Design students, selling work supervised by their college tutors.


Photo Hastings: Roger Hopgood

Using digital assemblage, Roger Hopgood’s work presents us with familiar spaces made strange through the introduction of extraneous elements. In each case, the result is suggestive of narrative; we detect hints of scenarios from popular film and television – landscapes evocative of post war British sci-fi, interiors that bring to mind ‘whodunit’ murder mysteries. Ultimately, it is notions of Englishness and cultural heritage that are being referenced – an entrenched familiarity that is both comforting and disturbing.

Roger Hopgood completed his PhD in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, researching the picturesque photograph. He is currently Programme Leader for University of Kent’s BA(Hons) Photography.

Photo Hastings is a creative photographic umbrella with a self-initiated remit to develop creative and cultural opportunities for photographers in Hastings and St Leonards.

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Photo Hastings: Steve Barnes

Influenced by the stark beauty of the building that emerged from the original sketches drawn by the architects Mendelsohn and Chermayeff I was inspired to re-imagine the building, showing the juxtaposition of horizontal vertical and elegantly curved features in photographic prints that emulated the plan drawings. I photographed the De La Warr Pavilion throughout 2017 and 2018, and decided to represent the final images in a high-key, abstract and ‘Modernist’ manner. I came across some sketches by the architects and decided that I wanted to re-imagine my photographs as if they were architects’ drawings. I developed a style that was fine-line oriented rather than purely representational. This one-off project gave me that opportunity and it is a privilege to show them to you in this exhibition.

Bexhill-on-Sea’s Grade one Listed De La Warr Pavilion, built in 1935 and renovated in 2005 is one of the most important British Modernist buildings, and is globally recognised as such. It was built in under 12 months of a, then un-tried, welded steel frame encased in concrete. The load bearing frame enabled the creation of cantilevered balconies, floor to ceiling windows and unusual glazed staircases seemingly floating in mid-air; features that previously had never been seen in modern architecture.

The De La Warr was a masterpiece in its time, and almost never came into existence because of the resistance towards the European influences of the ‘Continental’ style just before the Second World War. It followed the tenets of the Modernist Movement in architectural construction and was replicated in the Marina Building in which this gallery sits, in the Saltdean Lido and many London tube stations.

Photo Hastings is a creative photographic umbrella with a self-initiated remit to develop creative and cultural opportunities for photographers in Hastings and St Leonards.

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Photo Hastings: Ian Land

The Land Of Cockaigne: Travels Through Brexit

On June 23rd 2016 a narrow majority voted for the UK to leave the EU. In the wake of this vote mainstream British politics polarised in a way not seen since the late 1970s. For some years I intended to walk from my home in Hastings along the coastal route all the way to London. The original idea was to take photographs of everything except the sea itself, to show the effects of the sea on the landscape and the built environment, but to avoid the customary dramatic seascapes so traditionally beloved of photographers and painters. I began the project in September 2016. As I started planning the route it became clear most of my walking would be through Sussex and Kent coastal regions which had voted solidly for Brexit in the June referendum, and as I began the walk itself, I realised the referendum result had changed my attitude to the coastal landscape I love so much. As I walked, Union flags seemed much more prominent than I recalled previously, the multitude of Keep Out and Private signs which had always been there took on a sinister air, and the irony of walking for many miles on land closer to France than it is to London became overwhelming. For the first time in years, Englishness and the English landscape began to feel alien and forbidding to me, and Europe itself felt like a place on the verge of crisis, chaos and an ascendant authoritarian populism.

“Cockaigne is a land of plenty in medieval myth, an imaginary place of extreme luxury and ease where physical comforts and pleasures are always immediately at hand and where the harshness of medieval peasant life does not exist.”

Photo Hastings is a creative photographic umbrella with a self-initiated remit to develop creative and cultural opportunities for photographers in Hastings and St Leonards.

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Photo Hastings: Gang of Three

An exhibition by Bob Mazzer, John Cole and Brian Rybolt. Three photographers with over a century of photographic experience between them exhibit images that reflect their creative and career interests.

John Cole has worked all over the world as a professional photographer shooting assignments for major news corporations including The Sunday Times, The Observer, Newsweek and Paris Match. Recording celebrities, sporting stars and politicians and documenting the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Bob Mazzer first started taking photographs at the age of 13 he continued throughout his studies in graphic design at Hornsey College of Art, and on to today, both exhibiting and publishing. He has been working for over 40 years in what is now termed as street photography.

Brian Rybolt’s work relates to the human spirit. How we go about our lives; insights and glances of life and endeavour. His work attempts to visually interpret the shapes of things and how we realise them. He sees the beauty and the decay of life, including the natural and human landscape and speaks of the emotion which resides in the shadows of our lives including our interaction with the environment about us.

Photo Hastings is a creative photographic umbrella with a self-initiated remit to develop creative and cultural opportunities for photographers in Hastings and St Leonards.

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Black & White

See how this range of artists have responded to the theme of a ‘Black and White’ exhibition, which takes place
in both galleries. Perhaps the work is whiter than white or not as black as it is painted; maybe it is moving into grey areas – or do opposites attract?

Do not miss this intriguing and diverse exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, photography and
3D work from a selection of our artists.


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