The trail will be a temporary walking tour taking in 10 central locations that have maintained their historical, aesthetic and cultural significance to Hastings.
Hastings born artist Maxine Beuret will photograph each location. These images will be displayed on signs at each of the stops on the trail alongside some historical information and public trail users photographs and artwork.
Two of the chosen places are shown below!
Built in 1890 The West Hill Lift retains its original wooden Victorian coaches, and also runs through a tunnel.
The West Hill itself offers some of the town’s most remarkable views, stretching round to Beachy Head in the west and out across the Channel, the busiest sea lane on the world.
Maxine Beuret is an artist whose practice combines a research-based approach, utilising elements of ethnography and design history, with an expressive response to place and aesthetics.
Maxine works in partnership on themed projects, often lasting several years to create a substantial body of work. Two of her recent projects have been purchased by national museums.
At each trail location In Situ design collective will design a display cabinets to show the photographs, text and relevant historical artefacts. This will create an engaging depiction of each place in its own special atmosphere. Publicity material will encourage people to take new pictures in response to the trail – that will be added to the display.
Sussex University Centre for Life History will be running oral history workshops to train volunteers to interview people involved in the places and record key environmental sounds. These interviews and sounds will be combined with the photographs into short one videos depicting each location, that will then be featured on the trail website.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery curator Cathy Walling will help choose a selection of artefacts from the museum collection that will be displayed to complement the artwork and demonstrate the heritage and social history of each site.
If you have questions, suggestions or comments about the Hastings Heritage Art Trail, or would like to find out more, please feel free to contact us using the details below, of the contact form.
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