The Insight exhibition featuring some of my recent Dungeness inspired work continues until this Sunday at the Hastings Arts Forum. There’s some fascinating work and suprising connections between the work of the 5 different artists showing, so do visit if you can.
Visitors to Hastings Old Town will now be able to find a selection of my work for sale alongside the amazing midcentury vintage furniture and contemporary pieces offered by OD*E Interiors. They were my number one choice so I'm thrilled to have my work there for the discerning Hastinger to discover!
Images by OD*E Interiors.
Sometimes it helps to have a shopkeeper in the family. As you may know my partner recently opened Printed Matter Bookshop and has generously offered me some space to sell my wares. I'm utilising the space to create a local outlet for seconds, samples and overstock all at 50% off so do check it out if you're in the area and like a hand-crafted bargain.
If you'd like to know more about why something gets marked down as a second you may find this blog post interesting: what is a second?
The shop is open everyday except Weds and stocks a great range of interesting books so check those out as well!
Location & travel
Hastings is a historic fishing town on the south coast of England, halfway between Brighton and Dover on the High Weald coast. It is a town of hills and valleys seperating the mediaeval/Georgian old town, the Regency new town and St Leonards. Each area has it's own personality and it's worth exploring them all. There is still a working fleet of small boats here that are unusual because they pull up right onto the beach.
My studio is in the garden of our home in Ore village, just inland from the Old Town.
If travelling by train, the most reliable route is the SouthEastern service from Charing Cross/ London Bridge via Tunbridge Wells to Hastings Station.
Road travel from London is via the A21.
To reach the studio by public transport from the station or town centre catch the 22A to Clifton Rd, or the 22 to Ore Village, alighting by the church then approx 8 mins walk.
I'm including some details that may be useful for you here. (Please note that I have not stayed or eaten everywhere and have no relationship with any of these places so you are advised to do your own checks.)
As a popular holiday destination there are a wide range of places to stay depending on your taste and budget, e.g.
The closest B&B is in the next street: Minstrels Rest
Also in walking distance: Shearbarn Camping & Holiday Park
Vegan hotel: Bay Tree
Food & drink
Restaurants: The Old town has a wide selection restaurants clustered around George St, The High St and Rock-A-Nore. For cheaper eateries try the New Town around Robertson St for Thai, Turkish and more. Nico's Kitchen in St Leonards is vegan.
Cafes: These can be found in similar areas of the Old and New Towns plus the Norman Rd/London Rd area of St Leonards. I like Hanoushka's on George St for the best range of teas. The Land of Green Ginger on the High St also has a good selection. For home made italian ice cream, Di Pola's on Marine Parade.
Pubs: In the Old Town there are lots to choose from First in last out (with its own microbrewery), Jenny Lind, The Crown, The Stag, Royal Standard, The Albion. Many have live music
Shops: Near us in Ore Village on the Old London Rd there is a local Tesco & Cooperative, fast food places, bakery, greengrocers, chemists, post office, builders merchant, cash machines etc. The new town has a range of high st type shops as well as the Trinity health food shop on Trinity St. The Old Town has lots of antiques & junk shops for browsing, plus commercial galleries, homewares from Hendy's and others. Deli type products can be found in Penbuckles and Judges on the High St in the Old Town. The local chocalatier, Cocoa la Velvet, is on George St. For supermarkets there is a large Morrisons on Queen's Rd, a large Aldo & Sainsbury's further out of town. For more art and antiques try Norman Rd in St Leonards.
Things to see
The beach!: runs continuously from Rock-A-Nore to Marina
Net huts, Rock-A-Nore
Fishing boats, behind the Jerwood & The Stade (many of them also sell fish directly from their sheds if you want to buy some to take home)
Old Town: walk a loop of George St, High St & All Saints or the Tackleway
Arty St Leonards: commercial galleries, antiques, homewares, cafes etc on Norman Rd
East Hill & Hastings country park, with funicular railway
Norman Castle & West Hill, with funicular railway
Hastings has a very active music scene and a regular calendar of festivals so it's worth checking the listings for events that coincide with your visit.
Main shopping centre: Priory Meadow off Queen's Rd
Battle: site of the Battle of Hastings, Battle Abbey, village & walks
Rye: historic walled town, Rye Art Gallery
Winchelsea, medieval town, port & Cinq Port
Pevensey, Pevensey Bay & Pevensey Castle
De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Eastbourne & Towner Art Gallery
Herstmonceux Castle & observatory