Last Thursday and Friday, internationally-renowned artist The Dotmasters painted the exterior of Ruby’s Rooms on Eversfield Place as a prelude to his upcoming show at Stella Dore gallery. “Line em out!” opens tonight at 6pm and runs until 24th August. 

The Dotmasters was part of Banksy’s Cans Festival in Waterloo (2008) and is a founding member of C6.org, who made headlines across the globe in 1997 when they locked one of their members in a surveillance box for days, with only 15L of water to drink. He’s more recently collaborated with the Mutoid Waste Company on various projects and made a success out of High Class and Up Market Trash gallery shows, which involve stencilled and mixed media variations on the title as theme. And he’s no stranger to painting full facades like the front of Ruby’s Rooms, having been contracted to cover large private and public spaces across Europe. Not only a painter, he sets up unfair funfair installations at events around the country: before coming to this show in Hastings he set up an Unfairground at Glastonbury festival. 

Stella Dore and Ruby’s Rooms frequently pool their resources to bring more community-focussed art and projects to Hastings. The owners and designers of Ruby’s Rooms are a collective who have been curating content and spaces in the music, arts and youth sector for almost 20 years. They used locally-sourced materials and craftsmen when renovating the house, and collaborated with local artists of all kinds when designing and filling the rooms. Kate of Ruby’s Rooms and Steph from Stella Dore have each had success outside of Hastings but maintain a strong relationship with the town and its people. They’re both keen to make sure everyone benefits from their achievements, not just a few notaries in the arts community. 

We’ll soon be hearing more from Kate about her plans for “breaking new art barriers on the Hastings seafront”, but in the meantime, see Dotmasters’ work at 54 Eversfield Place and in Stella Dore Gallery, 64 Norman Road, open tonight 6.00pm-9.00pm, usually 11.00am-4.00pm Tuesday to Friday and 11.00am-5.00pm on Saturday. 


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