The Crown launched an art competition in January 2021 during the lockdown, inviting local artists to send in drawings, paintings, etchings and sketchings of the pub. The response has been phenomenal; nearly 50 entries have been sent in and the variety of entries has ranged from oil paintings, knitted crowns, stained glass, illustration, collage, watercolours, felt craft, models, and even a digital experience. The pub has been depicted in many ways; during lockdown, on a busy Jack in The Green day, with our friendly seagull, and a historic view from the 1800s. Entries have come from those aged 8 to 88, from a mix of professional artists to those who have picked up a paintbrush for the first time. Tess Swan, landlady, says “We have been overjoyed to receive these artworks during lockdown. People have put such an incredible amount of time, effort and love into their entries and we are so grateful. We have been pleased to be able to continue to celebrate local talent during this time.” Imogen Partridge, one of the artist entrants said: “We have so many wonderful memories at The Crown, and I love painting, so this was perfect for me, I so look forward to visiting and seeing all the artworks in real life”.
The exhibition is currently being displayed in the windows of The Crown, All Saints Street, for those passing to enjoy, but will move onto the walls inside the pub for a month, once it reopens later in the Spring. There will be a public vote for the overall winner, and some pieces will be for sale.
Buildings of Hastings
A collection of works on paper & canvas.
Paintings, collages, cardboard pieces.
Limited Edition Giclee Prints.
A collection of Artworks by Benjamin Phillips.
Photos from the DIY punk scene, by Mark Richards.
A photo exhibition of bands in and from the DIY punk scene, featuring: Slaves, GBH, U.K. Subs, Wonk Unit, Maid of Ace, Buzzcocks, The Cravats & many more.