By Mia L

The Christmas Arts Fair is a definitive highlight in The Gallery at Hastings Arts Forum’s annual programme. This unique event is carefully curated to represent the wealth of creative talent in the East Sussex area and beyond. Selected artists are invited to promote their work within the confines of a working gallery, providing a much needed alternative to the commercial high street. Hastings-based metalsmith, Joel R Robinson and textile designer Susan Prince, are two of the numerous artists featured in this year’s highly anticipated event. 

The Christmas Arts Fair 2018
PIC: Ian O’Leary

Joel R Robinson’s diverse body of work includes a series of hand forged octopus door knockers, bottle openers and elegantly crafted candle holders. Susan Prince will be selling a selection of textile items in an eye-catching array of colours and styles. Look out for her delightfully quirky take on the traditional Christmas wreath – surely a must have for even the most discerning of seasonal shoppers!

GIFTED will also be showcasing the work of design students from East Sussex College, as overseen by their tutors. In this season of pre-assigned goodwill, it’s inspiring to see a community organisation such as The Hastings Arts Forum supporting not only the established artist, but young and emerging talent too.

Example design copper bowl set by featured metal ware artist  by Joel.R.Robinson
PIC: Katie Redfern

The GIFTED: Christmas Fair is an opportunity to purchase an assortment of handmade goods, directly from the artists and designers themselves. Items are priced fairly, to reflect a range of budgets, and entrance to the Fair itself is free.

Don’t delay, come and pick up your one of a kind Christmas gift today: everyone’s welcome! 

The GIFTED: Christmas Arts Fair is running from the 27th November – 21st December 2019 (Open evening: Friday 29th November 6.30pm-8.30pm.  Includes festive nibbles and mulled wine!), at The Gallery, at Hastings Arts Forum.

Please refer to The Gallery website for further information: www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk


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