OBX is the Creative Technology hub for Hastings Commons. We are based on the mezzanine floor in the Observer Building. We work with local communities and artists to run workshops, talks, exhibitions and arts projects. We explore opportunities presented by creative technology to build stronger communities, develop great art and talent and support employment potential. We aim to be led and inspired by communities local to our building.


What We Do

Motivate X

Working with Motivate Youth Forum, OBX are helping to set up MotivateX: a series of satellite creative technology hubs embedded within communities of young people providing access to the tools we use at OBX in their neighbourhoods to make digital art. Motivate is run by Fresh Visions.

OBX Connects

A free programme of talks held on the first Thursday of each month by local and national digital artists on varied topics (so far AI activism, Feminist Crip-Tech, Neurodiversity and video games). The evening also includes community round ups, where people can talk about their own work, find project collaborators and meet other interesting local people.

Printing the Future

In 2022, working with artists Zeroh Studio, we created a mass 3D portrait of over 300 people who live and work in Hastings. Each person was 3D scanned and the manitures were exhibited at the Observer Building. OBX is now working with 3D printed chocolate, to create new art works and kick start conversations about possible future solutions to food poverty. Read more here

Digital Trinity Triangle

The Digital Trinity Triangle is part of the Heritage Action Zone and uses photogrammetry and video gaming to promote the rich heritage and stories of the Trinity Triangle in Hastings. Current plans include aiming to roll out our 'Trinity Triangle' interactive game across Hastings.

Game in a Day

This is a one day workshop where people learn to use professional video game tools through developing a creative outlet for their ideas. The day includes the creation of stories, characters, and backgrounds using industry standard game engines and sound technology. Our last Game in a Day was with young people but its suitable for all ages! For more information about workshops please email obx@hastingscommons.com

E-waste & 100 years of TV

Working with Hastings MuseumHastings Library of Things, Make and Mend and local artists we are setting up a repair café to recycle and redistribute smart phones, laptops and other ‘e waste’ products. Any remaining ‘waste’ will be used to create new digital art works with young people, which will be shown across the town, raising awareness about the history of innovation in Hastings and celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the invention of television in the town by John Logie Baird.

Commoning the Programme

Designed with and for young people and communities in Hastings, we aim to build the local digital arts ecology, initially through training young people in arts programming, who will commission new artworks. These will be shown publicly as part of the Observer Building Centenary Anniversary in 2024, questioning and exploring the future and the next 100 years at the Observer Building. The programme is designed to address the “Power and Pitfalls of Programming" and examines who makes decisions about which art gets shown to the public and how art is valued.

Creative Tech Taster Sessions

One day or half day activities, developing digital confidence through creative sessions in VR drawing, digital design, electronic sound, and 3d model making. Initially we have been rolling these out with groups of young people working with ‘Get Digital’ who support young people with care experience and Motivate, youth forums run by Fresh Visions. For more information about workshops please email obx@hastingscommons.com

Understory

Understory is a tool developed by Onion Collective, for us to map the network of relationships that support our organisations and people. It builds community strength by helping a community to understand itself better. The map enables us to see who we have here in the community, what goals everyone is working towards, and how each of our organisations connect. This information will tell us how to build stronger ties between people and stronger collaborations around our goals. See the Hastings Understory network


Join a Regular Event

18:30 - 20:30

OBX (in the Observer Building)

Free

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10:00 - 12:00

OBX (in the Observer Building)

Free

Just turn-up or email obx@hastingscommons.com

09:30 - 10:30

OB Cafe (in the Observer Building)

Free

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Join our Team!

We're hiring for a Kickstart role...

Find out more and read the full job description here: OBX Kickstart JD 2024

Application form here: Kickstart Application Form (OBX)

Informal Meet & Greet In-Person at OBX to find out more: Monday 22nd of July, 16.00 - 18.00.

Informal Meet & Greet on Zoom to find out more: Tuesday 23rd of July, Midday - 13.00.

Email alex@hastingscommons.com to register your place at either meet & greet.


Projects with Artists

How we can support artists

Can I get in touch?

We are keen to engage with artists operating in the expansive field of digital arts. Our primary emphasis is on scheduled initiatives, but we are open to discovering more about people’s creative practices. Feel free to get in touch with us: obx@hastingscommons.com or come and say hello at our next OBX Connects event (1st Thursday evening of each month).

How can we support your project?

Upon gaining a deeper understanding of your work, we may be able to support your project through a partnership where we provide access to in-kind space, equipment, supporting funding applications, and/or technical guidance. Depending on the nature of your work and our funding situation, there might be a modest financial contribution and sometimes we offer commissions, so do keep an eye out for these.

Why can't we support every project?

Although we have achieved a lot we are a relatively new organisation with many diverse objectives. In addition to fostering the local arts and digital community, our primary emphasis lies in designing and delivering projects that empower young people aged 11-18 to enhance their digital skills and co-design projects with us.

An example of an OBX backed project:

OBX is presently supporting projects that celebrate the Trinity Triangle Heritage Action Zone. One of these projects is "Living Memories," an artwork crafted by artist Emma Harding. Engaging with individuals from various locations in Hastings, including shops, coffee bars, and day centres, Emma has been discussing and  collecting their memories, which she has then cast into ceramic tiles. Collaborating with students from Bexhill College, Emma will also be filming these narratives and projection mapping them onto the tiles at a special event in March 2024.

Partners

I represent an organisation with aligned objectives. Would it be possible to connect?

Collaborating with like-minded organisations to pool resources and expertise for a common vision is a key focus for us. If you have any proposals on how we could collaborate, we welcome the opportunity to discuss them. Feel free to reach out to us at obx@hastingscommons.com  or meet us in person at our next OBX Connects event, held on the first Thursday evening of each month.

Young People

I am a young person interested in getting involved with OBX, how do I do this?

Here at OBX we are developing new projects all of the time. To keep up to date with ways you can get involved:

  • Follow us on social media (Facebook, X and Instagram)

  • Sign-up for our mailing list (bottom of page)

  • Ask a parent/carer/guardian to get in touch with us via email: obx@hastingscommons.com

  • Don't forget to also check out the Hastings Youth Commons for other projects you could get involved with!

"This is the best thing I've ever done!"

(Young Person after taking part in a Game in a Day Workshop)


Partners & Funders

Understory

3D Chocolate

Lee Degiorgio

Get in touch!

Contact Us

We love hearing from you. Email OBX@hastingscommons.com with any questions or thoughts!

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OBX is based in the mezzanine floor of the Observer Building.

53 Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DT.

The floor is fully accessible with lift access.

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