Press Releases week beginning 02 July 2018
Historical objects inspire contemporary work in new show at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
New work by SoCo Artists
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery 5 July - 30 September
It's fascinating to see where artists find their inspiration, and visitors are invited to join these creative journeys in a new exhibition at Hastings Borough Council's Museum & Art Gallery.
Kim Forward, lead councillor for Arts and Culture said, "The museum was set up to inspire and has wonderfully eclectic collections. It's fantastic to see so many of our locally-based artists respond to them with such enthusiasm and imagination. It will certainly make us look at some of our favourite objects in new and different ways. As always, entrance is free."
Members of SoCo Artists were set the challenge of responding to either particular objects or the idea of 'collecting' in whatever way they chose. 14 artists were eventually selected to develop their work, and the results are now on display. These are: Oona Ball, Sinéid Codd, Roz Cran, Jean Davey Winter, Maggie Henton, Sue Johnson, Alex Leadbeater, Mary Morris, Kathleen Mullaniff, Jim Northover, Carly Ralph, Helen Scalway and Charlotte Snook.
From fossils to Samurai armour, and seaside souvenirs to the American Plains, inspiration has come from every corner of the museum, resulting in some impressive and intriguing paintings, textiles and mixed media works.
Free exhibition events:
SoCoWalk & Talks
21 July, 2pm & 15 September, 11am
Join SoCo Artists for these tours around the museum, to hear about the new works they've made in response to the 'collections' theme and how this process is informing and developing their practice.
A free exhibition leaflet gives more information about the inspiration behind each artist's work, and a full colour catalogue is available in the museum shop.
Hastings Council plans to clean up
Hastings Borough Council is considering developing an in-house street cleaning service and bulky waste removal when the current contract ends in 2019. On Monday (2nd July) its cabinet voted 6 in favour, 2 abstentions to recommend to full council that street cleaning is carried out by the council's own staff.
Residents and the Council share their unhappiness at the current contract. Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the environment said, "This is a priority issue for our town. A densely populated town like Hastings is extremely reliant on clean streets. Bringing the contract in-house would enable the council to react quickly to problem areas, for example, clearing overflowing litter bins on the seafront during bank holiday week-ends rather than reporting it to the contractor and relying on them to deal with the problem."
The new service would be operating seven days a week, and will offer staff and management training with our enforcement services that would enable them to better address issues such as breaches of trade waste rules and littering that comes from takeaways and cafes.
The new service will also allow a more cost effective way of delivering bulky waste and fly tip removal. As council staff they will also be redeployed during severe weather to help clear snow and ice from public areas. Managers for the new service will also be considering extending the service to offer to other public sector partners such as Optivo, who operate large areas of social housing in the own. The refuse and recycling service will continue to be provided by a contractor, procured through the East Sussex joint waste partnership.