Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Last Night at the Prom

Last Night at the Prom

Friday 30 September, 6- 10pm. Free.

To celebrate the end of Project at Stade Hall arts programme and the month-long Coastal Currents festival; Creative Coast has devised an evening of experimental performance and arts interventions within the gallery and on the Stade Open Space.

The night features the culmination of a five-day collaborative artists’ residency SALT at Stade Hall, combined with a curated programme of performance, projection and sonic interventions in the open space. Artists in Residence include: Leigh Dyer, Miranda Sharp, Kelly Best, Cathryn Kemp, Xaverine Bates and Peter Quinnell, the six artists have worked together to develop the working operation SALT- not to be missed!.

Within the open space will stand prominently a large white sculptural installation by Jim Roseveare, projections and performance by artists group REPLAY and a live platform of spoken word and music by Warrior Squares, Barking Toad, and Danny Pockets & Christian Watson.

Salty refreshments available to intrigue the taste buds!

Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3FJ, 078417 57866

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Hive by David Dixon

Hive has been a popular installation built with books and potatoes by Andover-based artist David Dixon. The piece was made especially for Stade Hall, and took several days with several volunteers to complete.

This has been a return to Hastings for Dixon, who in 2009 created a large-scale salt drawing on the floor of Bourne Hall in the Old Town for Coastal Currents. An image of this work was used as the cover for the festival brochure in 2010.

Dixon exhibits nationally (including the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern). Uncertainty, impermanence & subjectivity are central to his work, which refers to modern physics & cognitive science. He often experiments with particle-based materials such as dyed rice flour & quartz powder. The use of books is also an important element to his work. As well as being multi-facetted cultural devices, rich with associations of history, knowledge, identity & memory, he uses them in a sculptural way, emphasising their phenomenological aspects.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Spotlight- 27 August

Spotlight is an ambitious evening of bold, experimental and specially-commissioned performances, installations & interactive activities parading along the seafront from St Leonards to Hastings Old Town on Saturday 27 August.

Spotlight takes place on the opening weekend of the Coastal Currents arts festival, starting at 4pm at St Leonards Gardens with an installation 'Liquid Glass'.

The musical procession moves along the promenade to Bottle Alley, joined by the Bohemia Ukulele Orchestra, then the pier, where decorated cyclists Pier to Eternity climb on board.

The parade continues past a large choir based on the swan boating lake, to Stade Hall and Open Space, where the festival is launched with speeches and refreshments, and where a number of performances and free activities will be taking place. These include Jenny Edbrookes 'Smalls' installation & performance, free LED badge-making, traditional seaside games, a pop-up metal detector museum with Eight Foot Square, paper couture dresses, 'Cabinet of Wonder' theatrical life drawing sessions, a tightrope show and the Coastal Currents taster exhibition, with a selection of work from throughout the festival on show.

The final leg of the procession takes participants through a sound installation in the Harold Place Underpass to Wellington Square Gardens, where Radiator Arts will have a large illuminated sculptural installation, 'The Lost Plot'.

We encourage as many people to come along and to join in. Liquid Glass is on the look out for singers and noise-makers for the early leg, and the Ukulele Orchestra encourage you to bring your own instrument tuned GCEA, to play along to a giant C6 chord.

Artist Maika Crampton will be running a paper couture workshop on Thursday 25, 6-9pm- come along to make a paper hat or fascinator, and wear it to Spotlight on the 27th.

BuildBrighton will be running two free LED badge-making workshops- one at 1-4pm and one in the evening. We recommend you book to guarantee a place.

Full details are available in the brochure, and the special Spotlight fold-out map (see image above) which are distributed around Hastings & St Leonards (come to Stade Hall for additional copies.) Or check the Spotlight page on the website:

Forthcoming free family workshops

These free drop-in workshops run at Stade Hall every Saturday afternoon from 1-4pm, and are suitable for all ages. Materials provided.

The only exception being Ed Boxall's print workshop on Saturday 3rd September, which is now fully booked, sorry.

The LED badge-making workshop on 27 August is not suitable for very young children as it involves using soldering irons. Older children very welcome, with adult supervision.

On Saturday 17 September we will re-locate due to the Seafood & Wine festival. See online and posters at Stade Hall for further information.

Forthcoming Adult Workshops

A series of free workshops at Stade Hall coming up between now until the end of September.

All workshops are free, but please book on to the adult ones, so we can gauge numbers for materials etc.

Any queries, email us on

Further information on forthcoming workshops:

A Point of Transformation - Body, Space and Imagination
Monday 15 & 22 August 7-9pm
Movement is essential to our lives and is our expression. This workshop explores our field of perception through movement. Reconnecting the mental, physical and emotional body through game, relaxation and partner work we will be looking at our internal and external world and how they are connected to inform our imagination.
Participants are encouraged to apply this material to their own practice and are asked to bring their own tools such as drawing, painting, writing materials and a camera.
Please wear comfortable clothes to move around.

Paper Fascinators with Maika Crampton
Thursday 25 August 7-9pm
Create your own paper hat or fascinator with Maika Crampton. You are encouraged to wear your hat or fascinator with pride at the Spotlight event on Saturday 27 August at Stade Hall.

Free Range Narratives with Illustrator Louise Smith
Monday 29 August 2-4pm
A workshop that explores ways in which new images and visual narratives can be generated from a piece of text and objects. The workshop will follow a set of exercises that experiment with image making and the relationship between image and text. The aim is to create new ways of working and produce unexpected outcomes. Materials will be provided or participants are welcome to bring their own.

Smalls workshop with Jenny Edbrooke
For those of you who were wowed by Jenny Edbrooke's 'Smalls' performance at Spotlight, Jenny is going to be running a free workshop on Thursday 8th September, 7-9pm at Stade Hall.

Jenny invites you to join her in working with an amusing array of mixed media, creative writing and performance making techniques to create a unique piece of art that you can take away and cherish as a personal reminder of the sacredness of your underwear secrets.

Japanese Bookbinding with Lorna Crabbe
This workshop will teach you how to bind a simple soft cover book by hand. Materials will be provided, but if you have any papers you would particularly like to use, or strong thread or ribbon for the binding, then feel free to bring these along.

Promenade project

The Coastal Currents arts festival is fast approaching, and one of the first visible signs is the Promenade project.

Eight recognised artists with a connection to the region were invited to donate an image to be made into double-crown sized promenade posters which have been displayed along the seafront in Hastings and St Leonards. The images have also been reproduced and distributed in local shops/ cafes/ galleries etc 10,000 free collectible postcards.

The artists are:

Jake & Dinos Chapman, Maggi Hambling, Billy Childish, Ben Eine, Andrew Kotting & Iain Sinclair, Martin O'Neill, Debi Angel & local printmakers Aardvark.

This was a collaboration between Creative Coast & zeroh (pictured above). Zeroh also helped on the festival branding this year, and designed the brochure front cover.

See here for more on the project as featured in the Hastings Observer.

Deck chair competition

In 2011 the Stade Education Project launched a competition for the public to design new deck chairs for the Stade. Over 1,000 people entered & twenty winners were chosen at a selection day held at Stade Hall.

Judges were Liz Gilmore, Director of Jerwood Gallery, Hastings; David Rhodes, curator at the De Le Warr Pavilion & Cllr. Trevor Webb, Hastings Borough Council.

One of the designs (above) by Nathan Usmar Lauder of St Leonards is on display in the Stade Hall foyer.

All twenty designs can be seen at an exhibition at Sussex Coast College (12th - 16th September) and at the Seafood & Wine Festival on the weekend of 17th/ 18th September, on the Stade Open Space.

Hot Houses

Hastings Hot Houses is a regular open studios event for local artists and makers. This year during the Old Town Carnival Week, Stade Hall hosted a taster exhibition of work including painting, jewellery, printmaking, knitwear, ceramics and photography that featured in Hot Houses across the town.

Radiator Arts Workshop

Radiator Arts ran two workshops at Stade Hall to make props for their forthcoming 'Lost Plot' illuminated sculptural installation at Wellington Square Gardens which will take place as part of the Spotlight evening (Saturday 27 August) on the opening weekend of the Coastal Currents arts festival. Props included large plants and seed pods, and giant paper pom poms.

Full information on the Spotlight evening can be found in the Coastal Currents brochures, and a special fold-out map shows the route (starting at St Leonards Gardens at 4pm) and all artists and performances taking part. More info on the website:

The Lost Plot installation will be at Wellington Square Gardens from 9pm on Saturday 27 August. All welcome.

One to one talk

ONE TWO ONE art and architecture gave a talk at Stade Hall organised by SoCo detailing several local projects including the Station Plaza Health Centre, and Southwater Community Centre.

The Drawing Experiment

The Drawing Experiment was a one week project where the main space at Stade Hall was temporarily turned into an improvised drawing studio. Eight artists were invited to take part, and with no proposed outcome, given the chance to simply draw, collaborate and experiment.

The artists from a broad range of backgrounds including sculpture, architecture & performance all held drawing as key in some way or form to their practice.

The walls and floors were coasted in rolls of Fabriano paper and the experiment began. Artists came and went at different times, and responded to each other as the work built. Work included interactive drawing machines, mapping of the space, large-scale wall drawings and conceptual interventions. On the final weekend, members of the public were invited to join in with wall and floor drawings, and to interact with a digital drawing device projected onto the wall which created sound pieces in response to individual drawings.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Saturday at Stade Hall

A busy Saturday on the Stade- the Mayor, Kim Forward, opened the new cycle path from Robertson Street in the town centre to the Old Town. To coincide, HUB (Hastings Urban Bikes) ran a free workshop outside Stade Hall- checking and decorating bikes.

Inside the hall, preparations began for the new Drawing Experiment collaborative residency and exhibition which runs until July 31st.

Bookmaking workshop

Books made by participants at a SOCO artists' bookmaking workshop at Stade Hall, led by Lorna Crabbe.

In Between

Installation shot & PV of In Between by Phillip & Anthony Reed.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Creative workshops

Puppet-making with Mary Hooper of Radiator Arts:

Wind-sock fishes with Cath Tajima Powell:

Storytelling Workshop

Free storytelling & drawing workshop tomorrow (Saturday 9th July.)

We'll be making a paper square on the floor to draw on while listening to the stories.

Parkwood Residency

Parkwood College Residency with Sharon Haward
29 June - 3 July

This two day residency at Stade hall culminated in an exhibition and interactive workshop.

Visual artist Sharon Haward worked with year 12 students from Parkwood to develop work that explores the Stade environment through different medias. The students explored a variety of digital and drawing methods working both collaboratively and individually.

The work created will act as a springboard for students' creation of further work to show at the beach hut event within Coastal Currents festival in Sept 2011.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

In Between

In Between by Phillip & Anthony Reed
9th July - 16th July, Tuesday- Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Private view on Friday 8th July, 6-8pm with Sonic Performance by Geoff Leigh & Nick Weekes at 7pm.

In Between is a photographic collaboration between Phillip Reed based in London and his identical twin brother Anthony Reed who lives and works in China. Phillip & Anthony Reed examine how the Internet and emerging platforms like Flickr are affecting the way in which work is being produced.

Phillip and Anthony use Skype in order to keep in touch with each other. More interestingly emerging image based platforms have allowed us to maintain a continual visual exchanging of ideas despite living thousands of miles apart, something that would have been hard to conceive of just 10 years ago.

To utilise the creative potential of such platforms they decided to set up a website dedicated to this visual dialogue. Throughout the duration of the project photographs are uploaded chronologically and paired together, the pairs are decided by factors such as the time between each image being taken and the visual coherence between the two.
Emphasis is placed upon ideas and concepts being exchanged through the imagery. The environment you grow up in plays a fundamental role in shaping how you come to perceive the world. Having grown up together, they react and respond visually to the very different environments they now both inhabit.

In Between touches on many issues, it also acts as a cross cultural examination of two locations for who environmental, historical, political and geographical factors have all culminated in the development of richly different ideas, languages and values. Presenting a desire to understand their environment and to explore how it exerts it’s influence upon the experience of the individual.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Movement workshop

A Point of Transformation
Free Workshop with Yumino Seki – using Body, Space and Imagination

Monday 4th July, 7-9pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings.

Movement is essential to our lives and is our expression. This workshop explores our field of perception through movement. Reconnecting the mental, physical and emotional body through game, relaxation and partner work we will be looking at our internal and external world and how they are connected to inform our imagination.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools such as drawing, painting, writing materials or a camera.

Open to all adults, no experience required.
Please wear comfortable clothes to move around.

For more information please contact Sarah Yates on 07841757866 or email

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Beyond the Circle

Beyond the Circle
Sunday 26th June, 3pm
PROJECT at Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3FJ

‘Beyond the Circle’ was a durational dance piece starting on the beach by the lifeboat station, moving through the fishing beach, onto the Stade Open Space, and into Stade Hall. It was commissioned as part of our PROJECT at Stade Hall programme, and featured Dancers Yumino Seki, Carolina Diaz and Ania Pshenichnikova with lighting by Jim Roseveare.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


This Saturday we'll be running a bird-making and decorating workshop at Stade Hall from 1-4pm, in conjunction with the official launch of the Eat@ the Stade cafe during the afternoon.

The cafe will be running family-friendly activities including face-painting, with children's entertainers and live music from 1.00 -7.00pm.

The SoCo exhibition 'Openings' will be on display at Stade Hall from 10am- 4pm.


Just a reminder that the final deadline for SPOTLIGHT: OPEN competition is 20th June.

Submissions for open studios and general listings for exhibitions and events should be returned by the end of this week.

If you've a submission for the festival but haven't yet been in touch please contact us as soon as possible to ensure a space for your listing. We also have a few advert spaces left- local businesses are especially welcome.

Email us at or check for further information.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Rarities project

Submissions are NOW OPEN for the Rarities 2011 exhibition of Miniature Magnetic Masterpieces!!

This is a local, national and international exhibition bringing sponsors and artists together for an exciting event in a great place. Rarities 2011 will be exhibited on the gates of Hastings and St Leonards Pier from 4pm on 27 August as part of the launch event for Coastal Currents.

It's free to take part and free for visitors to choose a magnet and find out about your work!
Getting your image in the exhibition is first come first served, so don't leave it too long to submit.
Visit to find out all about the exhibition and how to take part.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

SoCo Exhibition

The next exhibition at Stade Hall opens this Friday and will be on for three weeks:

A South Coast Artists Exhibition at the new Stade Hall
June 11 - 26 Tues-Sun 10 - 4

This will be an exciting show featuring some of Soco's finest, including Mary Hooper, Louise Kenward, Harry Snook, Paul Bartholomew, Grace Lau, Charlotte Snook, Angie Braven and guest artist Tim Cross. Works will be across the range: painting, photography, prints, drawings and some 3-D.

To accompany the show there will be an illustrated talk by exhibitor and London Group member Eugene Palmer about the narrative themes in his work. This takes place at the Stade Hall on Friday June 17 at 7 pm.

For any further details please contact: Lesley Cornish 01424 713873

Hannah Rollings Workshop

We've the second of our free weekly workshops for PROJECT at Stade Hall this Saturday (11th June), 1-4pm, with illustrator Hannah Rollings. Drop in at any point. Hannah will be using found objects from the beach as the starting point. All ages welcome.