Promenade

Eight recognized artists with a connection to the region have been invited to donate an image to be made into double crown –sized promenade posters displayed along the seafront in Hastings and St Leonards.

The images will also be reproduced and distributed as 10,000 free collectible postcards in key locations locally and regionally, in the build-up to the festival in August and throughout September.

Promenade was coordinated by Creative Coast and zeroh.

Maggi Hambling is one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary artists. Hambling’s obsession with the sea manifests itself in paint, print making and sculpture. Her iconic and most controversial work is Scallop (2003) the sculpture on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk, dedicated to the composer Benjamin Britten. www.maggihambling.com, www.fullcircle-editions.co.uk

Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair’s Swandown is a travelogue and odyssey of Olympian ambition. A poetic film-diary about encounter and culture. It is also an endurance test and pedal-marathon. In the spirit of Dada it will be undertaken on board a plastic swan-shaped pedallo resulting in the production of a feature length film and installation, by artist and film maker Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair. The journey from Swan Lake in Hastings to Hackney in London will take just over a month. The team will meet all sorts en route, from the Hoi Polloi to the Hoity Toity, from the very old to the very young, along with special invited guests. The pedallo will act as catalyst and magnet for both people and narrative, en route to re-discovering this enchanted British landscape. www.swandown.info

Billy Childish was born in Chatham, Kent in 1959. Initially denied an interview to the local art school, during six months of employment at a dockyard he produced hundreds of drawings that gained him entry to St Martin’s School of Art, from which he was expelled in 1981. Childish then embarked on an artistic, literary, and musical odyssey exploring a broad range of worldly themes including war, history, social protest, art hate, religious philosophy, as well his own experiences with addiction, and sexual abuse. Over 35 years of continual creative activity, Childish has gained a cult status world-wide; writing and publishing over 40 volumes of confessional poetry, 5 novels, recorded over 100 LPs, and painted many hundreds of paintings. Billy Childish has had solo and group exhibitions internationally including New York, London, and Berlin. In 2010, he was the subject of major concurrent retrospectives at the ICA in London and White Columns in New York.

Martin O’Neill is a St Leonards based graphic artist and illustrator who creates collages for a diverse range of international clients encompassing advertising, design, editorial and book publishing. He regularly contributes to the UK and US press and is a visiting lecturer. “If Peter Blake is the Paul McCartney of collage, then O’Neill is its Tom Waits, a pre-digital artist for a postdigital age.” – John L Walters. Editor Eye Magazine. Eye 69. Aardvark is a collaborative creative practice whose cross-genre work currently encompasses printmaking, typography, workshops and singing. Past projects have been a tearoom and gallery, and future plans involve a pop-up art emporium, performance and cake.

Aardvark is the brainchild of Pea and Lesley, aficionados of all things English, both Ancient and Modern. Keep up with the Aardvarks here: aardvarkonsea.com

Ben Flynn, a.k.a. Ben Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti – the form of letters. Originally a ‘writer’ he started his career over twenty five years ago as a vandal leaving his first tag all over London before eventually developing a distinct typographic style. Eine specialises in producing huge letters on shop fronts, his bright, colourful letters have transformed streets around the world in cities including LA, San Francisco, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Stockholm as well as his home city of London.

Jake and Dinos Chapman make iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that examine, with searing wit and energy, contemporary politics, religion and morality. Working together since their graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1990, the Chapmans first received critical acclaim in 1991 for a diorama sculpture entitled ‘Disasters of War’ created out of remodeled plastic figurines enacting scenes from Goya’s ‘Disasters of War’etchings. Arguably their most ambitious work was ‘Hell’ (1999), an immense tabletop tableau, peopled with over 30,000 remodelled, 2-inch-high figures, many in Nazi uniform and performing egregious acts of cruelty. The work combined historical, religious and mythic narratives to present an apocalyptic snapshot of the twentieth-century. Jake and Dinos Chapman live and work in London. They have exhibited extensively, including solo shows at Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, Italy (2010); Hastings Museum, UK (2009); Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover (2008); Tate Britain, London (2007); Tate Liverpool (2006).

Debi Angel fell in love with the luminous light and landscapes of this stretch of coast eight years ago. She moved down here after a thirty-year career in London as a magazine and graphic designer. She was Art Editor of the launch of British ELLE, launch Art Editor of ELLE Decoration and has worked on a wide variety of major glossy titles. Moving down here re-inspired her passion for painting, drawing and print making. She had her own major exhibition of work last year, has contributed work to many other exhibitions and is a passionate supporter of Coastal Currents.

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