WORKING WITH LOCAL ARTISTS
In September 2019, we held an exhibition called People and Place as part of the Coastal Currents festival. It drew together the work of eleven local artists and photographers in three projects that celebrate the iconic Observer Building – Four Lenses, Made in OB and Bricks and Pieces
The artwork reflects on the past, capturing the rich stories that make the building so unusual, and looks to the future, giving insight into the OB’s current revival as a thriving community hub.
This was the first event in the Observer Building since its closure in 2016 and it couldn’t have happened without the efforts of the artists and volunteers across the community who have brought it to life. White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make the exhibition happen.
BRICKS AND PIECES
Thanks to the donations of 244 supporters, we raised over £10,000 to contribute to the concrete repairs of the entire internal frame of the Observer Building, 5000 square metres in total. This essential repair work is due to be completed in mid-September and will protect the building from further damage for generations to come.
To thank these generous people, as a symbol of the fabric of the Hastings community, a unique artwork has been created by local artist, Janey Moffatt, alongside some of the donors, and includes the names of everyone who donated over £5 to the project. A huge thank you to all these supporters who are showing the building the care it needs after 34 years of dereliction
FOUR LENSES PROJECT
The Observer Building and its surrounding neighbourhood are saturated with untold stories.
The Four Lenses project brings together the work of four local photographers – John Cole, Jonny, Thompson, Cathy Teesdale and Benedict Stenning.
Each practitioner has made a unique collection exploring the fine grain of stories from this regenerating neighbourhood.
A selection of works from the four photographers’ collections is displayed here.
John Cole – Unsung Heroes
Benedict Stenning – Banging Out
Jonny Thompson – Colourful Characters
MADE IN OB
On a sweltering June day this year, a group of local artists went on an exclusive field trip inside the empty, atmospheric Observer Building as creative inspiration.
The group spent time in the enormous open plan second floor, with its grand heritage windows, decaying graffiti-adorned walls and dusty floors. They were even brave enough to explore the eerie warren of tunnels in the building’s basement, used as air raid shelters during World War II.
This is a selection of the diverse works inspired by the OB, created by some of those artists.