Photographers’ work to benefit Hastings fishing

Fred White, fisherman from Hastings. Picture by John Cole
Fred White, fisherman from Hastings. Picture by John Cole

Photographers will be showcasing their work this evening (Friday) as part of a week-long exhibition to raise money for the Hastings fishing community.

Three Way Split is a new annual event sponsored by Hastings Arts Forum where a third of all proceeds from the sale of artwork will be given to a nominated charitable organisation within Hastings and St Leonards.

This year’s donation will go to Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society (HFPS), with each exhibit being sold for a fixed price of £100.

HFPS was set up in 1830. It supports fishermen and the industry and protects the medieval rights of fishermen to work from Hastings’ stone beaches.

Mr Cole said: “Although I have been documenting Hastings fishermen and women since 1991, this is still a work in progress. Fishing in Hastings has always been a family business, with some of the family names going back more than 800 years. But this financially precarious and often dangerous profession is in danger of disappearing altogether because of the restrictive quotas allocated to Hastings fishermen. However, with continued support from the local community and our politicians, the Hastings fishing industry can survive for another 800 years.”

Mr Leale said: “My photos are a selection of portraits of places I have been and people I have seen. There is no ‘grand’ project here, simply pictures and people that have appealed to me. In fact, many of these were just happy chance, serendipity. I was on a bus when I saw the Telephone Girl and had a brief moment to capture the image. Likewise for Mirage Dubai. I was travelling in a car bowling down the motorway when this city rising from the desert sands came into view. Happy chance, snapshots, portraits of a time and a place.”

Mr Shanks said: “I feel that part of portraiture is about capturing a likeness, finding the different, possibly unique qualities of the subject and offering them in an appropriate setting for the viewer. My subjects are buildings, exteriors and sometimes interiors, selected not because of great architecture, but simply because they impress me.”

The artists will be holding Walk & Talk sessions about the show tomorrow (Saturday) and on Saturday, March 7, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm starting at Reception in Gallery 1. These are sessions designed to help visitors understand what was behind the exhibits on show, why the artists chose their work and answer any other questions people may have. This evening’s opening night is from 6pm to 8.30pm.