PhotoHastings 2023

Taking place throughout September, October and into November, since 2010.

We decided to extend our annual October photo season into September this year as it coincides with Coastal Currents and the Turner Prize at Towner in Eastbourne. There will be a larger footfall of people visiting the area and it’s a good opportunity to promote contemporary photography in the area. We are currently working on a detailed listing with images and online galleries, in the meantime we present our program as a text listing.

To stay in touch with all our events please subscribe to our newsletters and ezine, and we hope that you get to see some of the inspiring photography that makes up the PhotoHastings season.


September & October at St Andrews Mews, Hastings

Gallery 1 will be open Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
St Andrews Mews, Waldegrave St. (off Queens Road), Hastings, TN34 1SP
5 mins walk from Hastings station, Alexandra Park, and the seafront

PhotoHastings will be in Gallery One, upstairs in The Mews with 8 independent rooms for showing our members and friends work, we will be changing exhibitions every 2 weeks with an open evening to celebrate each new installation. This gives our exhibitors a unique opportunity to show complete projects, as such there will be 19 solo shows and 3 group shows during our residency. Our residency forms part of the new owners generous free opening of spaces in The Mews, for artists and makers this year. We are excited by the potential of the space and to be a part of this new endeavour.

There will be a small shop with photographic cards and books, as well as hung work for sale throughout the gallery. There will also be a wide range of refreshments available from the amazing vendors in The Mews, as well as lots of other arts events happening simultaneously within The Mews.

Mews 1
September 7-10 and 14-17 – Open Evening Saturday 9 September 6-8pm
Tracy Jones, Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones, Tim White, Richard Butchins, Joe Charrington, Louise Whitham and Patricia Webb.

Mews 2
September 21-24 and 28-1 (Oct) – Open Evening Saturday 23 September 6-8pm
Sophie de Roe, Agnieszka Szuba, Alison Beetles, Richard Butchins, Justine Devenney, Frank Francis and Sinéid Codd.
+ PAGAN – Group show responding to divine and ancestral energies in the landscape and the sensations of living in our everyday world: Sinéid Codd, Jude Montague, Alison Bettles, Tracy Jones, Ian M. Land and Clare Land.

Mews 3
October 5-8 and 12-15 – Open Evening Saturday 7 October 6-8pm
HERE, NOT THERE – Group show throughout all the galleries: Dan Percy, Neale Willis, Gary Willis, Imogen Bloor and Derek Cottrell.

Mews 4
October 19-22 and 26-29 – Open Evening Saturday 21 October 6-8pm
Jude Montague, Ian Land, Lauris Morgan-Griffiths, Alex Brattell, Amanda Thomas, Caoimhe McDonnell and Toby Shaw.
+ BETWEEN STATES – Group show curated by Alison Bettles – presenting a new perspective on two- and three-dimensional space, exploring the tensions and transformative qualities that are created between the flatness of the photograph and the volume of the sculptural.

September at The Electric Palace

PhotoHastings: The Light Will Shine through Them
11am Sunday 10 September – book your ticket through the Electric Palace website

Photographers explore moving from still images into moving pictures. Developed and selected by Jude Montague and Matt Armstrong with an open remit, these moving pictures explore new themes and look back at recent years of activity revisiting some of the diverse projects created by photographers and filmmakers associated with the Hastings area. Plus, a session to discuss the work with the makers.

September & October at Electro Studios Project Space (ESPS), St Leonards on Sea

Galleries will be open Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Electro Studios Project Space, Seaside Road, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0AL

This year we welcome the inclusion of Picnic, who will be presenting photographic works by young adults working with a photographer/facilitator. We are also pleased to be working with Sullen Riot Curation, presenting an open call exhibition to all local photographers with a professional practice and mentoring package.

September 28-1 (Oct) – Open Evening Tbc
Landing Gallery – SMALL STORIES – Andrew Moran and David Fowler create a single mixed media art piece of 50 parts, using still life painting and photography.

October 5-8 – Open Evening Friday 6 October 6-9pm
Landing Gallery – STILL LIFE – Andrew Moran and David Fowler
Main Gallery – WHEN THE DUST SETTLES – Group show curated by Alison Bettles – Twilight is the space between the familiar and unknown, the comfortable and sinister, as light and dark meet and become one. This time between times has for centuries been an inspiration for artists interpreting the transient subtleties of diminishing light as it succumbs to darkness. When the Dust Settles explores this liminal moment.

October 12-15 – Open Evening Friday 13 October 6-9pm
Landing Gallery – THE MINDS EYE – Group show presenting abstract photography curated and devised in collaboration with Sullen Riot Curation
Main Gallery – THE MINDS EYE – Continues

October 19-22 – Open Evening Friday 20 October 6-9pm
Landing Gallery – PICNIC – Group showing of works created by young people in Hastings as part of a project mediated by PICNIC
Main Gallery – ‘and the sooner the better!’ – Group show curated by Neale Willis – The term ‘AI’ positions technology in opposition to the natural world. But are they coming to help us, to free us of our labours? Let us think of them as they learn for themselves and remember their mistakes, as they think of us.

October 26-29 – Open Evening Friday 27 October 6-9pm
Landing Gallery – PICNIC – Group showing of works created by young people in Hastings as part of a project mediated by PICNIC
Main Gallery – ESCAPISM – Group show curated by Amanda Thomas – An extraordinary photography exhibition that can transport you into enchanting realms of liberation and reverie. Step into a world where reality fades away, and the boundaries of imagination expand.

October online @photohastings_gallery

A curated Instagram gallery extending our website galleries, curated by Tracy Jones @photohastings_gallery

October at Hastings Arts Forum (HAF), St Leonards on Sea

Gallery will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Hastings Arts Forum, 20 Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea TN38 0DX

October 2-15 – Open Evening Friday 6 October 6-8pm
THE DISOBEDIENT EYE OF THE FIRST AGE – Louise Whitham and Patricia Webb

October 31- 5 (Nov) – Open Evening Friday 3 November 6-8pm
SOLO SHOW – Anne Lydiat

October Photology Talks at The Pig, Hastings

Talks will take place on Mondays 8-10pm, £5 on the door (fees are passed to the speaker)
The Pig, 37 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JL

We welcome back our ever-popular series of photology talks in a pub, now in its 11th year, organised and presented by Alexander Brattell.

TALK 1 : October 2 – Richard Butchins, photographer and film maker

TALK 2 : October 9 – Emily Allchurch, artist

TALK 3 : October 16 – Prof. Annebella Pollenn, cultural historian

TALK 4 : October 23 – Arpita Shah, photographer

TALK 5 : October 30 – Martin Hartley, polar photographer

October online @onetotengallery

A scaled down exhibition space on Instagram designed and curated by Sharon Haward @onetotengallery

Our members regularly exhibit throughout the year and stay in touch with opportunities and activities via our ezine, member newsletters, social events and social media. If you would like to discover more about PhotoHastings; subscribe to our ezine, connect with our social media, support and join our membership, or contact us directly.