Emily Johns: The World is my Country + Protest & Thrive

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.

Inspired by Sister Corita Kent & Richard Crump


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


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