Upstairs at Gallery 1 (with 10 independent rooms)
Open Evening Saturday 23 September 6-8pm
September 21-24 and 28-1 October
Open Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm
St Andrews Mews, Waldegrave St. (off Queens Road), Hastings, TN34 1SP
Featuring solo exhibitions by: Sophie De-Roe, Agnieszka Szuba, Alison Bettles, Richard Butchins, Justine Devenney, and Frank Francis.
+ PAGAN – Group Show
Exhibitions by Room
Room 1. Sophie De-Roe
Room 2. Agnieszka Suzba
Lightforms and Lovesongs (2022-23)
Suzba is a Hastings based photographer and musician.
Using photography to reclaim the connection with the so called ‘real world’, Agnieszka strives to find the meaningful relation between objects and light, pulling light from the darkness like gold and silver threads, she is a weaver, a wave whisperer – forming tangible textures, scratching the surface of water, shaping the unseen, painting with light.
“It’s purely a result of holding the camera and chasing the light. It’s a conversation with my camera, lovingly held in my hands and the unexpected pattern of moving water and light. It writing my siren’s songs to bring back to my life someone once lost.”
Room 5. Justine Devenney
American Photographer Emmet Gowin once said of his nostalgic images “Photography is a tool for dealing with things everybody knows about but isn’t attending to. My photographs are intended to represent something you don’t see” . My exhibition images do not avoid evoking the nostalgia and affection we have for the seaside, but they call for a less blinkered perspective. In these disorientating times we can no longer afford to simply escape into an idealised past. My images seek to draw attention to a range of coastal issues that we chose to ignore. These might be social, economic, or environmental. Tentative swimming in polluted seas, social isolation, post covid amnesia or avoiding environmental issues that are staring us in the face. The seaside is where we go to escape and revel in nostalgia for a false idea of the past. My work calls for an ‘anticipatory nostalgia’ with its grieving for potential lost futures, in the hope that this might encourage more reflection.
This series focuses on the problematic nature of seaside nostalgia and how this blinkers us. The beach is a liminal space.
This image was taken late one evening during a heatwave in June 2023. Three boys tentatively contemplating a swim. The water was warm – their reticence maybe due to ongoing terrible sewage pollution along the south coast caused by Southern Water Company practices. Communities are united in their anger and as a result, activism is becoming more organised and more vocal. But after the curtailed freedoms of pandemic, it seems that young people’s freedoms are being further denied. The water regularly poses a serious risk to health….no longer is a sea swim a carefree pursuit.
The beach should be an unspoilt, precious, democratic space which we all have a claim to, but this freedom feels precarious. The environmental and economic uncertainty we feel now we know will significantly affect the next generation. We ignore social, environmental, and economic challenges at their expense.
Room 3. Alison Bettles
People are inextricably linked to the environmental landscape relating, interacting, mapping, framing or shaping their explorations. Through photographic studies these images are a documentation and exploration from walking, touching, being and connecting to the wild.
Using various image making approaches from digital to camera-less the resulting photographs are an examination of light, scale, texture and perspective exploring something so familiar whilst asking us to slow down, to be still, to look, and look again.
Room 6. Frank Francis
A Journalist that Dabbles
Frank Francis is a journalist who dabbles in photography. He is drawn to the quirky, sometimes whimsical, nature of street life, documenting the ordinary and the less
ordinary around Hastings and beyond.