Jonathan Cole exhibition at Claremont Studios

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.

St Leonards Market

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 :)


Fancy a tipple?

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 :)


The Big Draw @ Hastings Art Forum

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 :)

Long time, no post

Hi Folks
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 :) 

The Bikers Shop


Hi Folks. Hope you all well. Thought I’d post a quick update this morning on this relatively new addition to our zany road. Lovely looking shop don’t you think? So now you know where to head for your vintage leathers and skull rings :)

You can open this one….

Hi folks. Another week, another funky new shop opens on Kings Road. May I present Pandora’s Wardrobe. And don’t worry, unlike the Greek myth, you will not encounter all the evils in the world should you venture in. Instead you will encounter some very tasty apparel indeed. Here’s the blurb from the owners themselves :-

We are a designer dress agency based in Kings Road St Leonards On Sea. Pandora’s Wardrobe is full of incredible bargains. We offer carefully selected new and pre owned designer clothing, accessories, handbags and shoes at a fraction of their original cost. Dress yourself from head to toe in top designer brands and look truly amazing without spending a fortune.

Please come in and have  a look around to check out the latest clothing arrivals including a selection of brand new Max Mara dresses at more than 50% off their RRP. Fantastic Mulberry, Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Anya Hindmarch handbags.We are open from 10.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.



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