Hastings Contemporary is trialing a new, potentially regular, workshop day, Studio-on-Sea, giving participants a chance to immerse themselves in the gallery’s latest exhibitions whilst developing new artistic skills and techniques. 

Each workshop will be led by a capable Artist Educator 

Mosh pit, 2019, by Anne Ryan, acrylic on card cutout

The first being Janey Moffatt, who studied Art at West Dean College and read English Literature at Leeds University. Janey fuses fine art with craft techniques in her work at The Craftimation Factory, an award-winning arts charity she established with her mother in 2013 to bring artistic practice to people alienated from the art world.

Instead of holding ‘realistic’ replication of images as the highest standard, Janey wants to spread an understanding that we’re all capable of eloquent personal expression through art. In her local after school groups, Janey helps her students see that their inability to instantly draw a ‘perfect’ face or photorealistic picture needn’t be a bar to creativity.

As you might expect, she was very much inspired by the Hastings Contemporary exhibition of Tal R’s uncon-ventional but well-respected style. 

Love of literature informs and inspires Janey’s work, which regularly features words and snippets of poetry. These are embroidered into textile and paper substrates using a variety of techniques including natural dyeing, painting and printing. To address her concerns around sustainable practice and humanity’s tenuous place within the natural world Janey primarily uses recycled and salvaged textiles and enjoys the individual histories and unique constitutions of such materials.  

Disco Legs, 2018, by Anne Ryan, acrylic on card cutout

All inclusive art

The workshop is suitable for everyone, from beginners who’ve never picked up a brush, to experienced practitioners. Hastings Contemporary believes that everyone is an artist and hopes to tailor workshops to unique skills and abilities. This first day will focus on Anne Ryan: Earthly Delites (read more on HIP’s website), and specifically develop skills in drawing and lino-cutting. 

”Anne Ryan tells her students: ‘stop painting and then let’s paint,’” explains Janey. “It’s that idea that we stop assuming what we know about painting and then do something.”

Janey certainly appreciates Anne’s sense of inclusive innovation, and their organizing of Studio on Sea suggests Hastings Contemporary to be as capable of breaking down assumptions and inspiring change as it is of showing well-selected, traditionally beautiful or powerful art (such as in its current Age of Turmoil exhibition). 

Participants will also enjoy a curator’s tour of the gallery, including insights into how exhibitions have been developed and plans for the future. Additionally, cut out pieces developed during the workshop will temporarily be on show in the Hastings Contemporary’s studio space.

The first Studio-on-Sea workshop takes place on 21st March from 10am to 5pm, and includes morning tea/coffee and lunch. All art materials and supplies will be provided but bring an apron or overalls. Suitable for 16+.
Seven places will be reserved for the special Members discount of £100 per ticket. All other tickets £125, allocated on a first come first served basis. Call 01424 834335 to book a place.

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