Performance artists set to open exhibition

Homeland Security by Franny Swann, part of the Telling Stories: Hastings exhibition
Homeland Security by Franny Swann, part of the Telling Stories: Hastings exhibition

AN Arts Council-funded exhibition featuring the work of artists from Hastings and Margate is to open with live performances.

Telling Stories: Hastings, also part of the Coastal Currents festival programme, kicks off this evening (Friday) with site-responsive dance artist Yumino Seki performing in the Durbar Hall – the crafted Indian folly at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Yumino who has an international reputation as a Butoh practitioner and performer will be wearing a costume made from a vintage family kimono which she received on a recent trip back to Japan.

Her performance will begin after the official opening ceremony by Arts Council England officer Michael Cooke at 6.30pm. The exhibition will also be unofficially opened by performance cyclists From Pier To Eternity.

The local lovers of cycling will ride their fantastical creations, festooned with lights and wearing the colour red to draw people up from the town and into the heart of the museum at 6pm.

Some of the bikes will play sound recordings taken by chatting to youngsters at The Community Bike Workshop in St Leonards, in a sonic art piece entitled Cycle Babble.

Artists from Telling Stories: Hastings and Radiator Arts joined together to chat to children having their bikes fixed and record their treasured cycling stories. The bikes will play an edited sound piece which includes excerpts from the stories as they ride from Hastings Pier up to the museum forecourt.

Project curator Cathryn Kemp said: “We are all hoping for good weather and an even better turnout.

“The artists who are showing at the museum for the show are nationally and internationally recognised and we should celebrate them sharing their stories with us in Hastings.”

The exhibition will be at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery until January 13, 2013 and features the work of 14 artists. They include Xaverine Bates, Alexander Brattell, Helen Brooker, Samantha Cawson, Helder Clara, Mark Dumbrell, Roy Eastland, Martin Everett, Tracy Jones, Cathryn Kemp, Grace Lau, Franny Swann, Lucinda Wells, Patricia Wilson Smith and guest artist Tina Hill.