New festival puts artists in the picture

A new photography festival will be held in and around Hastings and St Leonards this Autumn.

PhotoHastings has won funding from Arts Council England, becoming the South East’s newest, most exciting event.

The photographic season launches in October and November and will boast exhibitions, events and workshops in and around Hastings and St Leonards, with some events even further afield in Brighton and London.

PhotoHastings, which is run and delivered by Photo Hub Group, has also attracted funding and support from Fairlight Arts Trust, East Sussex County Council, the Photography and Archive Research Centre (PARC) at University of the Arts in London and Metro Imaging.

There will also be a film festival accompanying the season, with films from internationally renouned photographer Martin Parr, and the newly-released ‘Finding Vivian Maier” about the US nanny who secretly hotographed thousands of images.

The borough’s arts and culture officer Michael Hambridge said: “Hastings produces photographic talent which is truly international.”

PhotoHastings coordinator Cathryn Kemp said: “Photo Hastings is designed to be a democratic season, in the spirit of Hastings and the region we all love and work within. At the same time the emphasis on the exhibitions and workshops will be to promote artistic excellence within the region and offer opportunities for anyone to join in and participate. PhotoHastings is an incredibly exciting opportunity for photographers in our region to show their work alongside established and emerging names.”