West Street Winter Fair

By Benji Thomas

In the heart of Hastings Old Town, The Dirty Old Gallery is displaying the best of local artists, makers and creatives in their West Street Winter Fair. The gallery is bursting with paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics and all kinds of trinkets and gifts for the festive season. Leaves crunch underfoot, mince pies are there to greet you at the door, and steaming mulled cider is on offer.

PICTURE: Benji Thomas

The gallery is nestled along West Street, and before the fair opened, played host to recent artist-in-residence Dana Brass, whose work will be displayed in a virtual tour on their website in the coming months.

From Lorna Crabbe’s handmade Christmas curios, puppets, peg dolls and decorations, to a collection of extremely popular ceramics by Lily Arnold, to expressive paintings and drawings, comics, Christmas cards, art prints
and almost any other type of art you could imagine, it’s a bohemian Aladin’s cave of artistic endeavour. The artists on display are sourced locally, and the collections are being updated constantly as new work comes in. There’s something to fit any budget, with stocking fillers and signed postcards for the artist in your life, as well as exciting framed artworks that you can take with you and hang straight onto the wall at home.

PICTURE: Benji Thomas

If one of your aims is to shop local this Christmas, or if you would like to see what the artists of Hastings have been up to during these unprecedented times, then make sure to drop into The Dirty Old Gallery for some unique gift ideas, artwork and festive cheer.

Opening times are Thursday-Sunday 11.00-5.00pm, and the gallery will be open until 20th December. Covid restrictions apply, so only four people are permitted in the gallery at one time.

For more information visit their website at www.thedirtyoldgallery.com, or find them on instagram at @thedirtyoldgallery.

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