Fancy your hand at designing a new deckchair?

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WHAT could be better than sitting back on the beach enjoying the summer sun?

How about parking your rear end on your own personal designed deckchair.

Hastings Borough Council is running a competition for local people to come up with deckchair designs for the community open space being built as part of the Jerwood development.

Inspiration for the patterns must come from The Stade and nearby OldTown and anyone entering is encouraged to use their imagination to capture what they think reflects the local area. Designs can be in any medium, be it drawings, photographs or even textiles.

The council is also offering entrants the chance to brush up on their creativity and design skills by hosting a week of artist-led workshops between Monday, April 11 and Friday, April 15 – available to both children and adults.

Twenty designs will be selected by the judging panel, which will include David Rhodes, curator at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, Liz Gilmore, director of Hastings Jerwood Gallery, David Ward, artist, and councillor Trevor Webb, head of leisure at the authority.

Cllr Webb said: “I was delighted to be asked to a judge for this competition, it will be nice to see what The Stade means to the people of Hastings and how they can show this in their designs.”

There are two categories: young people (16 and under) and adults (everyone aged over 16). And the 20 winning designs will be made into real deckchairs, which will stay in the open space for use by locals and tourists.

The winners will also be presented with one to keep.

For more information, including full workshops details, visit www.hastings.gov.uk/stade_education/deckchair.aspx or email Beatrice Rapley on brapley@hastings.gov.uk. Alternatively, ring 01424 451167.