The Kino Teatr in Norman Road St Leonards reopened with a short season of Oscar nominated or winning films including Nomadland. In June there’s a Coffee Concert: A Garden of Songs by Women Composers 1890s-1920s. In July they are screening the documentary: Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché – see the review in this issue of HIP – and later in the month the Bavard Bar makes a welcome return.

The iDOLRiCH theatrerotto puppet company are hosting free workshops at Ore Community Centre for children and adults, exploring the Cretaceous World of 50 million years ago, using shadow puppetry to bring ‘lost wonders’ to life again. Sundays 13th & 20th June 2.30 – 5.00pm 

The d.o.g – Dirty Old Gallery 31a West street, Hastings has reopened with an exhibition, Processing Uncertainty – clay objects in a state of flux. The d.o.g. was set up by local artists to create an adjustable space for all types of work from performers to painters, immersive installation to film nights. They are happy to hear from creatives at all stages of their career who would be interested in participating in group shows.

As part of an ambitious environmental project that’s taken place through lockdown entitled The Sea Beneath, Hastings artist, Sarah Macbeth has created a new map of Hastings. Margaret Sheehy, Director of MSL Projects which is sponsoring the work, says “Like Hastings’ shifting shoreline, Sarah is herself transforming in response to environmental change

Meanwhile the Hastings Arts Forum hosts an exhibition by Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones entitled In the Beginning… imagining a post-apocalyptic landscape. It runs Tuesday to Sunday until 30th May and features large panoramic images from Pett Level beach and elsewhere. 

The Rye Creative Centre has recently undergone major renovation. Still functioning as artists’ studio space, the site transformed the ‘Old Gym’ into an auditorium, creating a ‘new, flexible and modern’ performance venue for Rye. The summer sees a series of concerts in collaboration with Oxford Lieder and the centre continues as a host of the September Rye Arts Festival.

The Seaside by William Roberts

Hastings Contemporary reopens on May 27th with a ‘spectacular summer blockbuster’ show, Seaside Modern, exploring the relationship between artists and the beach from the 1920s to the 1970s. Works by LS Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore on offer.

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