Changing Spaces II

Changing Spaces II showcases eight HAF Members’ work, with a wide variety of styles and media. Exhibiting Artists are Jane Wilson, Jane King, Anne Lydiat, Clio Pinkney, Kate Lord, Mark Roberts, Mark Glassman and Bill Greenhead



A fascination with psychology, philosophy and spirituality informs Sara Lavelle’s work which focuses on portraiture and figuration. She has been involved in a number of joint and solo shows this year, including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition held in the Mall Galleries, London. She was recently a finalist on Sky Portrait of the Year Award 2019.

Mhairi Lockett draws inspiration from the DIY-ethos. She uses hand-painted typography, rhyme, rhythm and moving image to advocate for social change and to encourage people to take action. She explores the role of art as protest and as a part of community-led action. She believes that art and craft are synonymous with personal and political power.


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.
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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:

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 ( By donation. Food provided. Booking required.



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)


Monumental : Katherine Reekie

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.



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 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.



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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