Soco Exhibitions, Installations and Reviews

Miscellany 3, Hastings Arts Forum



Miscellany 3 is our members exhibition, held at Hastings Arts Forum.

Dates: 14 - 26 November with a Preview on Friday 17 November, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Hastings Arts Forum, 36 Marina, St Leaonards on Sea, TN38 0BU

Visit HAF site: Hastings Arts Forum

Masks: an experimental installation, Electro Studios




Masks have been used as protection, disguise, performance and entertainment since antiquity. SoCo Artists and friends present a collection of masks made from paper, wood, plastic, found materials, images and objects. This is our second experimental installation, following on from last years hugely successful Sea Crossing.

The success of our experimental installation projects is that they give artists the chance to experiment with working outside their usual practice.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 3 September

11am – 5pm each day

fully accessible, though parts of floor are uneven

Electro Studios Project Space (ESPS)

Seaside Road

St Leonards-on-Sea

TN38 0AL


SoCo Artists Showcase 2, Hastings Arts Forum



SoCo Artists Showcase 2 opens at Hastings Arts Forum on Tuesday 13 June and continues until Sunday 25 June 2016.
Private View Friday 16 June 6.30-8.30pm

Our first SoCo Showcase in 2016 was very well received and proved to be an excellent process allowing for artists to develop new work or consolidate a body of work. As a result, we are delighted to hold SoCo Showcase 2. The eleven exhibiting artists selected from our membership are:

Katherine Reekie, Adrienne Hunter, Carly Ralph, David Reeve, Gillian Metcalfe, Helen Scalway, Sally Cole, Jill Hartman, Jean Davey-Winter and, working in collaboration, Lynne Bingham and Suzy Watts.

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Miscellany 2 at Hastings Arts Forum

15-–27 November 2016
SoCo Artists present a diverse collection of work.

Preview: Friday, 18 November at 6:30-–8:30pm

Miscellany 2 is SoCo Artists second Annual Show at HAF. The range of media and talents of our members come together to create a diverse and exciting show.

Hastings Arts Forum
36 Marina, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0BU
Phone 01424 201636

Sea Crossing at Electro Studios



photo © Carly Ralph



Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October


11am – 5pm each day

fully accessible, though parts of floor are uneven

Electro Studios Project Space (ESPS)

Seaside Road

St Leonards-on-Sea

TN38 0AL


A fleet of vulnerable boats, suspended in space and time, are captured in the act of sailing through the gallery, towards their future, an unknown destination. These are fragile boats, made from paper, wood, plastic, textiles, found materials and objects, each taking a metaphorical and perilous journey to cross the sea.

Sea Crossing is a collaborative and experimental installation by SoCo Artists, made in response to For Those in Peril on the Sea, a work by
 international artist, Hew Locke, shown in the Folkestone Triennial (2011). As part of the project, we are hosting and Artist Talk with Hew Locke at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery at 2pm on Saturday 17 September, £5 entrance on the door. See separate Talks for more information. Not to be missed!

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

Visit our News page for images of the resulting installation and feedback from visitors, including Hew Locke.


SoCo Artists SHOWCASE will open at Hastings Arts Forum on Tuesday 14 June and continues until Sunday 26 June 2016.
Private View Friday 17 June 6.30-8.30pm

We hope to see you at this new venture for SoCo Artists. This is the first curated show, we have selected 11 artists from those members who submitted a proposal.

Please visit Questions and Answers about their practice from our 11 artists on this wordpress blog.
Also visit our facebook page.

Miscellany Show at Hastings Art Forum

Miscellany: SoCo Artists, 17th-29 November
SoCo Artists present diverse collection

Preview: Friday, November 20 at 6:30 - 8:30pm

SoCo Artists Miscellany at HAF is our Annual Show for members. A rich mix of talents and media will make for an interesting and challenging show in this seafront gallery.

Hastings Arts Forum
36 Marina, St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 0BU
Phone 01424 201636

Opening times 11am – 5pm daily  (except mondays)

The Language of Green

Exhibition dates: Thursday 23 April to Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Open: 11 00am -5 00pm daily.  (Closed Monday 27 April.)  

Venue: Crypt Gallery, St Mary in the Castle, 7 Pelham Cresecent, Hastings, TN34 3AF (Entrance street level).



We are pleased to announce that The Language of Green exhibition by SoCo Artists, shown recently at St Mary in the Castle, is to have its life extended at the Conquest Hospital,

Hastings. The exhibition will open on 11 June 2015 and run until 19 August and contain selected specific works from the St Mary in the Castle hanging.

SoCo at the Stables: Unwrapped, December 2014

Unwrapped Show
Lepus Cuniculus © Lynne Bingham

SoCo Artists is delighted to be exhibiting at the Stables, we present new and surprising works in celebration of the Winter season.


Exhibition Dates: Monday 1 - Monday 22 December

Open: Monday – Friday from 10.30am – 2pm and 6 – 8pm; Saturday 10.30 – 2pm and prior to performances.  

Venue:  The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3BD

Visit Stables website for info:

Glasshouse in the Garage, Coastal Currents Festival, September 2014


design: Debi Angel


As part of the Coastal Currents Arts Festival 2014, SoCo Artists present new experimental work based on Alexandra Park and its 1920's Glasshouse, bringing attention to the restoration work of the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group. (Scroll over to find out more about their project.)


Where: The Garage, Mercatoria, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN38 0EB (next to St Clement's Restuarant)

Open: from 11am – 5pm on Friday - Sunday 5 –7 and Thursday - Sunday 11 –14 September

We are delighted that Maheswari Annadurai (Lakshmi) of the Lakshmi Mahal on Western Road, St Leonards will be joining us again to make decorative Kolam chalk drawings onto the floor around the doorway and in the installation space.

This youtube clip from South India gives some idea of Kolam drawings:





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