Rachel Williams: Carnivalesque
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A veritable carnival of biped and quadruped madness to liven up the darkening days. With works ranging from embroidery and wall hangings to monotypes and even a mask or two. Major influences on Rachel's work are to be found in cave drawings and works from the ancient world.

Laura Ribbons: Lesson From Plants
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In this latest exhibition Laura Ribbons continues to explore her fascination with plants and asks what we can learn from them in the context of the climate crisis. This exhibition at The Crown showcases two new bodies of work. The first, a selection of pieces on repurposed canvas featuring stitched text, which pay gentle homage to the history of protest art. They can be seen both as a personal form of protest and an expression of quiet frustration, whilst continuing to pursue hope and joy through nature. A second series of works on paper represent an increasingly intuitive side of Laura's practice and stem from the discovery of an old photo album. They display crumbling southern architecture and sprawling Mediterranean plant life, interjected with abstract flicks, scribbles and drips - perhaps representing the meeting points between humans and 'nature'.

Laura Ribbons (b.1990) is an artist, curator, educator and environmentalist. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 with a BA honours degree in Fine Art (Painting), she also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent, 2016. She has exhibited across the UK and internationally, including in Spain, where she lived from 2018-2019. She has a number of works in private collections and has worked as an artist facilitator with institutions including Pallant House Gallery and the Towner. She lives and works in Hastings and can be found at Blacklands Studios during this year's Coastal Currents Festival.

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Morokoth Fournier des Corats: Apsara – in mist and cloud
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This exhibition takes inspiration from Khmer classical dance, traditionally only performed for the royal court and important ceremonies. The Apsaras – celestial dancers or ‘water nymphs’, derived from Hindu mythology – were considered the kings’ messengers to the gods and to the ancestors. Their images, represented in intricate carvings which adorn the walls of many Angkor temples, show the dancers’ graceful movements, hand gestures and elaborate headdresses and costumes.

This exhibition is an exploration of an important part of Cambodian culture and Morokoth’s own Khmer heritage, a new direction for the artist. The works here combine silk screen printing with the delicacy of watercolour painting. Each unique piece has been hand finished.

Morokoth Fournier des Corats is an artist and illustrator based in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. Working across different media and using a range of techniques, her art encompasses design, illustration and decorative homeware pieces.

Montague Armstrong
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Montague Armstrong are based at 15 Kings Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. They create original prints using an etching based technique in their high street shop. They mix and recycle found inks and print using linseed oil on South Bank Coarse an acid free machine made fourdiner paper buffered by Calcium Carbonate and made in the UK. They also use the famous Italian paper for printmakers Fabriano Rosaspina. They are influenced by the avant garde cinema posters from the Czech Republic, using collage style imagery to tell stories or create an abstract impression. They create one-off original prints, there are no editions, each artwork is unique, like a painting but created through the printmaking process with all the magic this offers. There is an incredible moment when the paper is pulled from the plate and the print is revealed, reversed, pressed, in its magical glory. It is not always successful but it is always an incredible surprise.

Montague Armstrong are Jude Montague and Matt Armstrong. They also work together as a band to create original new music. They are signed to the Anglo-Irish label Dimple Discs.

Transcending
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An exhibition to fundraise for the first Hastings Trans Pride, showcasing works of art, design and crafts.

A collective of 19 trans and nonbinary artists, and allies, will showcase works exploring themes such as gender stereotypes, connecting to identity and self, and celebration of the trans experience. The exhibition will feature varied works, including photography, canvas, lino prints, latex art, handmade dolls, rug tufting, collage, mixed media 3D paintings, upcycled clothing, knitted crafts, jewellery and more.

Artists include Harry McMorrow, Fox Fisher, Richard Best, Michelle Mildenhall, Pea Crabtree, Artie Carden, Mastolf and Mastej (Spirit Doll and Noé), Serge Nicholson, Holly Revell, Victoria Oldman, Rachel Evans-White, Kiaz Trepte, Henry Tee, Santi, Riley-Fynn, Indigo Forever Tattoos (Beth Park), Megan Preston and Nansi Hitchman.

Find the Transcending exhibition in The Snug at The Crown, Hastings Old Town, throughout July. All works will be available to purchase via bar staff, with funds raised going to Hastings Trans Pride.

See previews of the artworks at @hastingstranspride

Babes In Arms
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Babes In Arms is a collective of mother artists and creatives living in Hastings and St Leonards, who have come together through a shared understanding of what it is to be an artist whilst also trying to raise a young family.

Co-founded by Annie Mackin and Elizabeth Power in 2021, they have curated shows at The Big Yin gallery and The De La Warr pavilion as well as a recent event at The Hastings Contemporary.

Kate Iles
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I am a box maker and collage artist creating goodies in the seaside town of Hastings. My work is made from a need to preserve a moment - a mourned dog, a dreamlike state, a snippet of conversation. Discarded artifacts, lost treasures and if you’re really lucky, tiny fairy lights are assembled and given a new home.

Elizabeth Power
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Bursting with colour and energy, Elizabeth Power’s paintings exude a warmth and vibrancy. Based in St Leonards on Sea, UK, Power’s work has a colour palette rich in coral pinks, forest greens and cool blues.

Drawing inspiration from colourists such as Matisse, Hockney, Milton Avery and Tal R, Power’s loose and free abstraction takes this to the next level.

Annie Mackin
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Annie Mackin is a Hastings based artist, known for her oil paintings inspired by the natural world, ancient pagan and magical history as well as the history and pageantry of the town.

Annie has had work exhibited at the De La Warr Pavilion in the mother artist collective she co-founded and co-curated ‘Babes In Arms’. The collective recently took over the studio at Hastings Contemporary for International Women's Day. As well as this, Annie has exhibited in a number of galleries and other locations such as Stella Dore, collected fictions and Heist, all in St Leonards-on-Sea.

Frank Nunneley
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Frank Nunneley attended St. Martin’s School of Art and then Trent Park College of Education, both in the 1960s. He taught art for a short while but then spent a lifetime working in another field entirely. He returned to his artwork in 2007 and started to develop his sculpture and photographic work alongside his painting and drawing. He has exhibited at many places, including the Farley Farm Barn Gallery, (Farley Farm is known as the former home of Lee Miller, the photographer); the Menier Gallery, London Bridge; and the Rye Society of Artists. He was also the official photographer for the first Rye International Jazz Festival in 2012.

Most of the photographic work in this exhibition was taken in and around Hastings, Camber Sands, and Dungeness. It speaks for itself.