Transnational art project

TALENTED artists from across Europe are in town making temporary work inspired by the coast as part of transnational project Ici et Là-Here and There.

They will be creating video/sound installations, photography, performance and large-scale sculptural installations,open to all, at venues across Hastings and St Leonards. These include The SPACE, The Roomz, Claremont Studios’ project space, St Leonards lower promenade, St Mary in the Castle, Stade Hall, the harbour arm and the seafront.

The project, developed by artist/curator Christine Gist in partnership with Claremont Studios, and Dunkerque artists’ group La Plate-Forme, will run from September 6 to October 6, and also features a series of free events including talks and performances.

The artists’ sound and video installations in the Crypt at St Mary in the Castle feature in Heritage Open Days event from September 12 to 15.

Christine said: “The project is really an artists-led transnational collaboration and it is exciting that this group of artists are inspired by the Hastings coastal environment.

“Several of them have made repeat research visits to the town and we hope it will highlight the wealth of artistic creativity in the area.

“Ici et Là-Here and There will also feature in Coastal Currents, the two week arts festival running in Hastings from September 20 to October 6.

“We are fortunate that the project has received the support of a range of partners which will help to achieve an accessible event for residents and visitors.”

Participating artists are Izabela Brudkiewicz (Eastbourne), Daniel Dowling (Hastings), Delphine Deshayes (Lille, France), Stefan Hoffmann (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Bie Michels (Antwerp, Belgium), Rossella Piccinno (Lecce, Italy), Jini Rawlings (Brighton), Dominika Skutnik (Gdansk, Poland), Holger Stark (Rostock, Germany), Yvo van der Vat (Dordrecht, Netherlands), and Inès Willaume (Lille, France).

Alongside established artists, two emerging artists from Sussex Coast College Hastings are participating along with two students from France.

The project is also part of Dunkerque 2013 Regional Capital of Culture, with Hastings the only place in the UK to participate in this cultural tourism event.

In November and December this year, the project becomes Les Grands Magasins as the artists will take over empty shops in Dunkerque’s town centre.

For information including the full programme of events visit christinegist.wordpress.com.