Call for Coastal Currents artists

THE town’s biggest arts festival is back and is looking for artists to build on recent success and make 2012 the best yet.

Coastal Currents takes place across 1066 Country in September but the clock is ticking for anyone who wants to be part of the event.

And with organisers Lorna Crabbe and Sarah Yates once again aiming to showcase the best and brightest local talent - as well as work from further afield - there are opportunities aplenty for creative types working in almost any media to take part.

“This year’s festival aims to highlight key locations, histories and new cultural developments around our characterful, creative and resilient town,” Miss Yates said.

“We want to provide an exciting platform for artists, residents and visitors to explore and celebrate our thriving creative communities.”

The team behind the festival want to hear from artists who have taken part before as well as up-and-coming creative types who want to take part in the open studios programme or have a show or performance included in the events listings.

“This year the festival starts with Spotlight, a big outdoor procession from St Leonards to the new Stade Hall,” Miss Yates said. “It will feature performances, interventions, interactive events, guerrilla projections, sound installations and illuminated bikes. We are inviting artists to submit ideas and a selection panel made up of artists and curators will select up to 10 projects to take part.”

The deadline for artists to apply for this year’s Coastal Currents is June 3. Forms are available at or by emailing

From May 28 Miss Yates and Miss Crabbe will be setting up a Coastal Currents office at the new Stade Hall. It will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm, for artists to come and discuss their projects.