Hastings is bursting at the seams with inspiring and offbeat individuals, cultural events and activity. As Christmas draws near, some more traditional events appear alongside the usual counter-culture. Here’s what’s on our radar.

New York Ultramax
Take in the sights of New York through the lens of photographer Caitlin Lock at a pop-up show at Borough Wines Beers and Books on December 6th at 7.30pm: “Far from the vibrant and exciting land of opportunity portrayed on screen – she experienced a fast, exaggerated and relentless environment; hardened locals and anxious tourists, none of whom appeared to be having much fun in the world’s largest film set. Bold, busy and shot on 35mm film, NEW YORK ULTRAMAX offers split-second stories, double takes and closer looks: first impressions of a familiar place.” Sip a New York themed cocktail and listen to an NYC DJ set from world class DJ, Mr Thing, at the opening evening.
For more information visit www.instagram.com/caitlin_lock_photography

All forms of stocking fillers
Pick a gem up from Etsy Made Local Christmas Market on Sunday 2nd December 11–14 at Stade Hall. Expect the best in local designer-maker gifts from the Hastings Etsy Team artists and craftspeople, Christmas vibes and festive refreshments.

Common Clay Open Studios – a variety of sculptures, tableware and ornaments will be on display to buy, along with a chance to see other works in progress and to meet the makers in this friendly studio. 8th and 9th December 12–5pm.
Common Clay, 2 Mount Pleasant Road, TN34 3SB carlawright.co.uk/commonclay

Oh no, you didn’t! Oh yes, I did!
Panto time is upon us and we have traditional and more unorthodox forms available here in Hastings. The producers of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern offer up ‘Rubbed’ an adults-only affair – Don’t bring your kids!
St Mary in The Castle on Saturday 1st December Tickets at stmaryinthecastle.co.uk

Hilarious alternative panto if you have kids in tow is A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol back by public demand for a third year with Kate Tym and John Knowles.
December 12th, 7.30, The Albion, December 13th, 7.30, Hastings Football Club, December 20th–24th, 1.30 and 7.30, The White Rock Hotel (tickets at www.itsnotus.co.uk)

Or if you are more of a traditional, thigh-slapping panto-goer, a trip to the White Rock Theatre to see Jack and the Beanstalk with Michelle Collins of Eastenders fame and X Factor star Chico, might be more up your beanpole.
Catch it between 14th and 30th December (tickets at www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk)

Becky Beasley wins one of the biggest cultural prizes in the UK
Our warmest congratulations to Hastings-based artist Becky Beasley who has been honoured with an Award for Artists from the highly esteemed Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The Awards reflect the Foundation’s strong belief in the value of artists to society and aim to give artists the freedom to develop their creative ideas and grow both personally and professionally. Each award provides three years of support totalling £60,000 – which artists are free to use as they see fit.

Beasley has been described as a ‘burrower’ who enjoys digging into all aspects of the human experience to inform her practice, expressing her discoveries through sculpture, installation and photography. She has explored themes around friendship and collaboration in the context of mourning and loss, taking both personal and historical figures as her subjects. You may remember her wonderful Seaweed Shop as part of the spectacular Coastal Currents in September.
For more information visit www.beckybeasley.com

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