Well well well. This is shaping up to be some year for St Leonards. Never before have we welcomed so many newcomers to the town. Folks from London, Brighton, Eastbourne and Kent are relocating here in droves. Whilst some might see this as negative, I believe this augurs extremely well for the future of the town. Expect to see more interesting shops, cafes, bars and galleries in the near future. What with the rebuilding of the pier and the new Bexhill link road, things are indeed looking exceedingly positive. St Leonards has had a longer wait than most for recognition of its unique charms, but it looks like the time has finally arrived. Yes folks, its a time of change here. And change for the better.
In 2007 Jonathan Cole was tragically killed in an accident in Cambodia at the age of 44. In his Hastings studio he left behind a large collection of paintings spanning more than twenty years. Seven years on this exhibition will both introduce Cole’s late works to a new audience, and serve as a timely opportunity for those familiar with his work to see it again in a new context.
Along with the Publication, Hocus Pocus, that accompanies the exhibition, many of the paintings will be available for sale with the profits going towards the Jonathan David Westlake Cole Memorial Fund, which will be used to set up an annual art prize for a student at Hastings College of Art
Jonathan Cole exhibition @ Claremont Studios 48 Kings Road. Thurs to Sunday 11 – 4 until 3rd May, by appointment only.
Hi Folks. Its been a long time. Too long in fact. But its cool. I’m back now and the way things are taking off around here, it’s going to be a busy year :) So, without further ado, I’d like to start off with the new St Leonards market, which will be held at Crystal Square car park (end of Kings Road), every Saturday from 19th April. This is a very exciting time to be here, as we are now seeing rapid change in Kings Road. As you know, I have always believed it is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of St Leonards, and it would appear that others are now beginning to agree. So here’s to what I think will be a momentous year for central St Leonards :)
If, like me, you like a glass or two of vino of a winters evening, you will be most pleased to learn that a new boutique wine shop has opened on good old Kings Road. Yes folks, we now have our very own local wine merchant. And we’re not talking about the mass produced stuff either – I tried the Rioja Lanzado the other night and I tell you it was the best Rioja I have ever tasted :) Argentinian Malbec, Chilean Cabernets, French Merlots, Chianti, Tempranillo, Syrah, Garnache – a great selection of hand picked independent labels. I intend to become a regular! They’re called Phoenix and Plum and they are located at 13 Kings Road. Check it out :)
Hastings Arts Forum will be hosting The Big Draw 10 – 4 Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th.
At the preview on Friday the walls of the Forum will be covered in paper for everyone to draw on. Everyone Can Draw!
The Big Draw was initiated by Quentin Blake in 2000 and has since grown from 160 events in the UK to almost 1,500 worldwide. Big Draw events use drawing to connect people of all ages with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces and the wider community – in new and enjoyable ways. The overriding principle of The Big Draw is that Everyone Can Draw!
The Big Draw is for families with children, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and really anyone who wants to be involved in a fabulously fun day of drawing, painting and generally creating art.
Sounds good to me :)
Just to let you know I am still in the land of the living. Humble apologies for not keeping you up to speed with the latest on Kings Road, been a busy old summer what with school holidays etcetera. Anyway I am on the case now, preparing some tasty morsels for you to digest over the coming months. In the meantime, I hope all you loyal followers are keeping well, and remember, keep promoting St Leonards. We have to shout to be heard these days :)