My Stade show attracts hundreds of happy snappers

HUNDREDS of art fans headed to the start of a photography exhibition which uses the town’s historic fishing district as inspiration.

More than 250 people made their way to the Fishermen’s Museum in the Old Town to see the mayor, Councillor Kim Forward, and officially open the My Stade exhibition.

She was joined by Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, and three local photographers who pictures beat of competition from more than 50 others to win a recent contest.

Those winning images and the other entries are now on display at the Fishermen’s Museum, the Shipwreck Museum and in the Blue Reef Aquarium cafe.

And artistic-minded members of the public are being invited to vote for their favourite as part of a People’s Choice award.

They have until November 13 to register this preference, with details of how to do so available at each venue.

All the images are part of the My Stade photography competition, launched earlier this year by the council, with the theme: What does the Stade mean to me?

The contest had been carried out under the expert guidance of guest judge Grace Lau, a well known local professional photographer who has exhibited at the Tate Gallery in London.

Cllr Trevor Webb, head of leisure at the local authority, said: “It has been a great success in terms of this being a real community project.

“We have given people the opportunity to have their say, to have a voice about how they feel about the Stade.

“It’s been wonderful to see people’s sense of pride in having their photographs framed and exhibited. I hope even more people will be inspired to take part next year.”

One of the winners Sue Reid described the exhibition as “a unique collection” and Sue Barnes, who also won a prize with her picture Blue Bench, said she was very excited to see her photograph in the exhibition.

The third of the trios, Steve Williams, has since been given a further award by the Royal Photographic Society.

My Stade is one of hundreds of photography events taking place along the coast throughout October and November as part of Brighton Photo Fringe.