Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), the community council which promotes and supports activities and initiatives of volunteer groups and individuals across the town, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To mark it, they are planning the composition of a giant photographic mosaic consisting of thousands of pictures of local volunteers – anyone and everyone who gives their time to others in Hastings and surrounding areas. And in the true spirit of the town they are asking people to select, collect and send in to them their own individual photographs of these unsung heroes. 

For anyone who reads our community section, our arts coverage, our sports reports, our listings, on a regular basis will know the truth about this town. It’s an open secret: the best things are provided here by people who work for love, not money.

The mosaic will be designed by British artist Helen Marshall, famous for her twin photomosaics of The People’s Monarch which greet arriving passengers at Gatwick Airport. Those installations marked Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and were composed from around 5,500 photographs submitted to the BBC by its viewers and listeners. More recently her tributes have ranged from the centenary of the outbreak of World War One to the Face of Suffrage marking the 100th anniversary of British women getting the vote, amidst numerous other community and corporate projects.

Now HVA are aiming for similar contributions to its anniversary picture, to be entitled Heroes of Hastings. Potential contributors – that’s everyone – are being asked to upload their photos, videos or stories onto the design website (see below). The eventual artwork will be shown in transport locations and other free public areas.

For more details and directions for uploading of material see www.thepeoplespicture.com/HVA 

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