Hastings and the surrounding area is teeming with inspiring and offbeat individuals, cultural events and activity. Here’s what’s on our radar.

Zoe Sim, Cotswolds Way at Lucy Bell Gallery

Lucy Bell Gallery celebrates 10 Years with Arboretum.
Curated by John Stezaker and Lucy Bell

Arboretum is a contemporary exploration of our ever-changing relationship with nature. Using various lighting, film and digital processes to produce a contemporary photographic arboretum, an impressive list of contemporary artists present a completely new perspective while giving an appreciative nod to our local history.

“An Arboretum in the general sense is a botanical collection, composed exclusively of trees. Historically, botanical illustrators and artists have studied plants to describe different species and their formations and characteristics. Hastings is home to one of the largest Arboretums in the UK, at Alexandra Park, which has one of the best collections of trees in Britain, originally planted by Robert Marnock (1800–1889), who was one of the outstanding English horticulturalists and garden designers of the 19th century.” Lucy Bell Gallery 

• Arboretum runs 2nd February – 2nd March 2019
Private view: 15th February 6.00-8.00pm
Lucy Bell Gallery 46 Norman Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0EJ
Gallery open Wednesday – Saturday, 11.00am-4.00pm or by appointment. www.lucy-bell.com

OUTLANDS lands again, mixing sound and substance at DLWP
Why not hop on a train to the De La Warr Pavilion after your visit to the Arboretum private view? The De La Warr Pavilion brings another cutting-edge event to Bexhill as part of the OUTLANDS Touring Network: “Ecstatic Material is a newly commissioned dynamic sound sculpture by musician and producer Beatrice Dillon and visual artist Keith Harrison. Think liquid clay, Play-Doh and a unique audio visual intervention which will stimulate the senses. This live experiment with sound and substance will be conducted through a modular system made of malleable plastics, coloured light and multi-channel audio, which is constructed, choreographed and diffused by the artists into the performance space.”

• 15th February, 8.00pm at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill 
Tickets on sale now at dlwp.com/event/ecstatic-material

PICTURE: Maxine Beuret

Hastings Heritage Trail
Spend one to two hours on the Hastings Heritage Trail free of charge, designed with all ages in mind. The trail comprises ten Hastings locations selected for their relevance to local culture, history or design. Look out for information at each site and don’t forget to bring a crayon or pencil and paper to do a brass rubbing. 

Maxine Beuret’s practice depicts cultural heritage in the present with a focus on design history in the everyday. Working with local communities and historians, Beuret’s work blurs the boundaries between photographic documentary and art. Keen to communicate a sense of place through the work, she combines photography with oral history and environmental sound to create short films.

• Don’t miss the Hastings Heritage Trail private view, 16th February at Hastings Railway Station, 2.00pm-4.00pm hastingsheritagetrail.co.uk maxinebeuret.com

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