Art exhibition will be a matter of give and take

"10 x 10" Image Courtesy of Kate Murdoch
"10 x 10" Image Courtesy of Kate Murdoch

AN unrivalled opportunity to engage with a piece of art is one of the highlights of the Coastal Currents festival programme.

Brought to The Stade Hall by artist Kate Murdoch, 10x10 is an exhibition limited only by the imagination and generosity of those who visit it.

It is an ever changing display of 100 objects (10 squares by 10 squares), and wherever it goes, people are asked to take one object, and leave one in its place.

The only rules are, one swap per person, and the item must fit into the display space 14.5cm by 14.5cm.

The exhibition will be available to view at Stade Hall from September 19 to 21, 4pm to 7pm, then on September 22 between 5pm and 8pm, the swap will take place.

It raises questions of what an object is worth, how much a person wants it, and what they are prepared to give in return.

The work was created by the artist in 2008, in response to a call for art around the theme of trade and currency. She will be giving a talk at the Stade Hall on Wednesday, September 19, at 7pm, in which she will explain the inspiration for her work.

A London-based artist, Kate Murdoch’s work reflects a fascination with the passage of time and the contrast between the permanence of objects and the fragility of human existence.


Coastal Currents festival is organised by Creative Coast on behalf of Hastings Borough Council, and 10x10 is just one of many parts of the programme that need the public’s involvement.

Councillor Peter Chowney, Lead Member for Regeneration, said: “This is the 13th Coastal Currents that Hastings Council has funded, and it’s good to see that the quality, originality and sheer exuberance of this excellent festival is still being maintained.

“Coastal Currents has established itself as one of the best provincial arts festivals in the country, and is all the more special because most of the events and activities are free.

“From music on the Stade Open Space to seafront installations, from artists’ studios to storytelling, there’s an astonishing array of creative talent on display. Sometimes eccentric, sometimes strange, but always inspiring, there really is something for everyone. So get the brochure, get out there, and enjoy it!”

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