History, art and fun in Hastings

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Recommended for adults and children, the Hastings Museum in Bohemia Road is definitely a gem to visit, especially at the moment as they have launched two very creative new exhibitions showing work by local photographer Bob Mazzer, and “Together we draw” curated by local artist Sue Tilley.

It is the largest of any contemporary photographer’s work to date which features more than fifty photos of Bob’s collection from observing Hastings and his various travels. Bob has a fascinating insight into society, of his fellow residents and interaction with the natural world around him. He says: “I first visited Hastings thirty years ago and moved with the family to St Leonards. We never get tired of visiting the many rooms at the museum telling different stories of Hasting’s history and I was happy to show my work there.”

“Together we draw” was a virtual class which Sue Tilley ran and enabled many people during lockdown to ease their isolation, wherever they lived. Sue passionately believes that anyone can be creative. She had hundreds of portraits sent to her and this exhibition is a sample of people’s work. Sue also sat as a model and said there was a lot of chatter and laughter during the sessions. This was streamed between March 2020 and March 2021. Isolation Station Hastings, for whom Sue teaches, funded the project.

The photography exhibition will end April 17, 2022 and “Together we draw” will remain till June 5. Both exhibitions are wonderful and a joy to meander through, and the museum also contains other artefacts and history. It is open between Thursday and Sunday, 10am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm. Further information is on the Museum website, or phone 01424 451052.

Image Credits: Heidi Foster .

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