One of the defining traits of the Coastal Culture Trail is its rich visual arts scene. On this page you can find out more about upcoming exhibitions from the trail’s 3 partner galleries, Hastings Contemporary, Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
In Autumn 2022, Hastings Contemporary will present the first major survey show of the work of Caragh Thuring (b. Brussels, 1972) – her first UK exhibition in six years. Spanning the last 15 years with more than 20 works, it will include paintings, drawings and monotypes. All works are on loan from the artist and public and private UK collections, in order to avoid the environmental impact of international shipping.
10 artworks for 10 amazing years of contemporary and modern art in Hastings. Hastings Contemporary presents this special exhibition to celebrate its 10th year anniversary, since it opened its doors in 2012. It will include 10 artworks from some of the astonishingly talented artists that have exhibited in the gallery in the past, such as Chantal Joffe, Rose Wylie, Maggi Hambling and Quentin Blake.
‘Can’t You See the Sea Changing?’ will be Zineb Sedira’s first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery for over 12 years and follows her acclaimed exhibition, ‘Dreams Have No Titles’ for the French Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, which received the Special Mention of the Jury.
Babes In Arms is a collective of artist mothers living in Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill, who have come together through a shared experience of the inspiration and the difficulties that are attached to being an artist or creative whilst also trying to raise a child. This exhibition follows a series of workshops led by Babes in Arms artists at the De La Warr Pavilion throughout summer 2022.
The Edge of Forever (2022) is a new video work that will premiere at Towner that centres on two questing children seeking to unravel the mysteries of a damaged world in a landscape loaded with symbolism. Their journey begins at Cuckmere Haven, Sussex, with its cliffs formed from the remains of plankton from 100 million years ago, continues to a Cold War era observatory and concludes with their visions of the cosmos.
Brewers Towner International, a biennial exhibition of contemporary visual arts, returns to Towner Eastbourne, featuring a range of artists, local, national and international, coming together to share work that addresses the theme of SANCTUARY.