I finally made the trip to Hastings last weekend to visit one of my best friends who bought a house down there two and half years ago. I know – two and half years – waaaaaay overdue. She had as she put it “a free house” (her beau was in Italy) although I’m not sure it qualifies as a free house when the occupation of the feline members of the household is so very prominent as it is at Sam’s house. She’s very happy to admit that she is one of those crazy cat ladies – also her words. Along with another of our most bestest of friends who also came along from London, we had a weekend so tightly packed with the sorts of chats you might imagine three old school friends in their early thirties might have, I came away feeling like I’d just had an intensive therapy session – in a good way obvs. It was brilliant.
It was during a saunter round the amazing shops that Hastings Old Town has to offer that I spotted a poster for the ‘Uncommon or Garden’ exhibition, which is on until June 6th. Dubbed as Hasting’s answer to The Chelsea Flower Show, the exhibition celebrates flora and fauna in the beautifully derelict old Observer building. Amongst the pretty, decaying floral arrangements – I’m always a sucker for dried flowers – are some sticking artworks in a wide scope of media, form oil painting, to natural plant fiber weaving to photography and sculpture.
And it’s free to enter so if you’re in the area you should definitely take 30 minutes out of your schedule to call in.
There’s even a little still life area with paper and pencils inviting visitors to sit and draw a while.