Soco Talks

Hew Locke Artist Talk, presented by SoCo Artists


photo © Indra Khan


Saturday 17 September

2 – 3.30pm

fully accessible

£5 entrance, on door


Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

John’s Place

Bohemia Road


TN34 1 ET


Hew Locke’s work addresses recurring themes of visual expressions of power, trophies, globalisation, movement of people and the creation of cultures. He uses a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, photography and sculpture and extensively found objects and collage. His large scale sculptural works are constructed from everyday materials ranging from mass produced toys, souvenirs, cake decorations, sequins and plastic flowers. Locke exhibits his work widely both nationally and internationally, the most recent exhibition at Tate Britain being ‘Artist and Empire: Facing Britain’s Imperial Past’.

We are making a new collaborative and experimental work, Sea Crossing, in response to Hew Lock'e installation, For Those in Peril on the Sea (Folkestone Triennial 2011), and invited Hew to give this talk in Hastings. He will speak about the significance of his collection of made and found boats and the installation in Folkestone, as well as about his other works, interests and his concerns.


SoCo Artists Sea Crossing installation is at Electro Studios Project Space, 1 and 2 October. See Exhibitions for more information.


Both events are part of the ROOT 1066 International Festival of Contemporary Art







Glasshouse Talk, The Garage, July 2014



Friday 18 July

7pm for 7.30pm at the Garage, Horse & Groom, Mercatoria, TN38 0EB

Entrance: £3 for SoCo Artists and Greenhouse Group members, £4 others

Last year, SoCo's Garden in the Garage exhibition for Coastal Currents 2013 was largely considered the best group show across the Festival! It contained drawing, painting, installation, digital photography - all based on gardens / gardening. The successful project process for producing this cohesive exhibition included meetings and an evening event as well as drawing workshops. As part of our talk we will be showing images from last years exhibition, including the marvellous contribution from Moveable Feast!

This year, Glasshouse in the Garage will present new experimental works based on Alexandra Park, its environs and the 1920's greenhouse. Our exhibition, as a well publicised event for Coastal Currents, brings awareness to the work of the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group, across the local community and beyond.

Dr Phil Askew, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Horticulturalist 
Since 2008 he has led the design and construction of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a centrepiece for the 2012 Olympic Games and subsequently its transformation into the largest new urban park constructed in the UK for over a century. The talk will focused on the design and construction of this -  a unique new park both in the UK but also globally.

Linda Pearson, Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group
Linda will give an overview on the aspirations of The Greenhouse Group, who are working on the restoration of the 1920's greenhouse and planning it's new future as a community resource. She will and to promote community awareness in both Hastings and St. Leonards as the park links the two areas.

Find out more about the project at:

SoCo Artists
A presentation revisiting the experimental work of 2013's exhibition, Garden in the Garage. SoCo Artists have been holding meetings at Alexandra Park over the last few months and some artists will talk about the work they are developing.





Art & the Feminist Revolution by Xaverine Bates, July 2013


Xaverine Bates    Still from Steamed up, a performance for Domestic Disturbance (2013)


7pm for 7.30pm, Friday 12 July at the Bullet Coffee House, Robertson Street, Hastings TN34 1HT

£3 entrance

riart Grrrls founder Xaverine Bates will give a whistle-stop illustrated tour of feminist artists that have shaped our consciousness & political awareness, which will be a selection of personal favourites, rather than a comprehensive art history lesson. She'll be talking about the intersection between art & activism in the current wave of contemporary global feminism with reference to activist artists such as Pussy Riot, Yoko Ono, Spartacus Chetwynd & Molly Crabapple amongst many others. She'll explain the impetus behind initiating riart Grrrls: Hastings & St Leonards' feminist arts collective, the power of online activism and will highlight rG's plans for future events, such as Hastings Ladyfest for International Women's Day 2014.

For more information, / /

Image   Xaverine Bates     Knitting the Shreds (2012)

                                                                                                                                    photograph © Alexander Brattell

Gardens and Plants with Phil Askew and Nicole Collomb, April 2013

Friday 12 April at 7pm for 7.30pm, Bullet Café, Robertson Street, Hastings. Free entrance.

The Gardens and Plants Drawing Project is relaunched with talks from two expert landscape architects:

Phil Askew was responsible for the landscape architecture for the entire Olympic site. Phil has a background in horticulture, landscape architecture and urban design. Using a combination of best practise science / ecology and horticulture he managed the transformation of acres of derelict wasteland into the many spectacular spaces which formed the Olympic Park.

Nicole Collomb was an initiator of MOVEABLE FEAST, the community garden in Western Road, St Leonard's. See

Mary Hooper will talk about the Gardens and Plants Drawing Workshop coming up at the Beacon on Saturday 27 April. (See Workshops for bookings and further information.)

Talk in conjunction with the Making Waves Exhibition at Stade Hall, April 2012


Wednesday April 11th
Jean Davey Winter will trace the development of her work from the paperworks of the late 80's through a diverse range of materials and processes, both two and three-dimensional, leading to her current focus on painting.

Wednesday April 18th
Alex Leadbeater will take her audience on a journey through her early professional practice and to venues as diverse as Sao Paulo and Milton Keynes and demonstrate, with her most recent work, how living by the sea has changed her work and her outlook.

£4 admission charge (to include refreshments)
Open to all
Both talks
Venue: Stade Hall


Robert Mucci, Japanese textiles and the kimono, January 2009


SoCo ‘In Conversation' Thursday 29th January 7- 9 pm

Japanese textiles and the kimono

Robert Mucci shows items from his extensive collection of 19th and 20th century Japanese textiles and garments, in a talk on the history and symbolism, the sensuality and creativity, the workmanship and skill involved in the fabrication. This is a rare opportunity to see these amazing textiles at close quarters. Some of these are ‘museum quality', all are visually splendid. 

An example of garments on show: ‘Lozenge Diaper. Stitchwork on hemp. Kogin Type, end of Edo period (1801-1868). The patterns are hand embroidered in white cotton threads on dark blue hemp cloth in a technique which involves crossing of the threads over and under regular numbers of warp and wefts, each motif requiring a specific system of counting. Repetition and combinations of these motifs give rise to a rich variety of design. This coat is Quilted Sashiko method of sewing together one or more layers of textile, sometimes rags, that is strong and warm.

This cloth is embroidery work by women of agricultural villages in Aomori and Akita Prefectures. To ensure a good marriage it is essential for her to learn the Kogin technique. Training began at an early age and by the time of marriage a woman would have woven a number of kimono for herself and her husband to be'.  

The Beacon , 67-68 St Mary's Terrace, Hastings TN34 3LS ( for downloadable map) 

£5 (£4 SoCo members) includes glass of wine. For booking, please see contact details below.  

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please phone Judy on 01424 431305 or email to book or for more information. 

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