Soco News

Sea Crossing, October 2016

Our Sea Crossing installation at Electro Studios Project Space on 1 and 2 October, attracted over 160 visitors over one opening event and two days. As part of the ROOT 1066 International Festival of Contemporary Art and Coastal Currents 2016 it was well advertised. Word also spread through facebook and the event proved to be very successful, not only in terms of visitor numbers, but in the peoples' reaction to the work - see below.

Sea Crossing referenced the installation For Those in Peril on the Sea (2011) by international artist, Hew Locke and we hosted an artist talk by Hew at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery on 17 September, prior to our installation.

Wonderful. Inspiring. Fantastic.      Patrick Nzeli

Amazing variety, funny and touching    Rachel Lever

Feel a bit seasick. Fantastic work.   Adrian Parker

Really sweet exhibition - every boat unique and using imaginative materials.   Carolyn Eaves

Thanks - it really cheered me up!    Sheila Price

Wonderful celebration of the imagination - the more you look the more you see.    Jill Rock

Really lovely boats with lots of character     Ian and Ida Barker


We sent Hew some images of Sea Crossing and his reaction was, "I love the variety of style and approach, and they look great"



SoCo Artists SHOWCASE Private View

The SHOWCASE Private View was fab, so many people and so much praise for the show: both the art and the curation. The SHOWCASE continues until Sunday 26 June 2016, open 11 - 5pm. We held a Discussion Event on Saturday when 4 of our artists, Kathleen Mullaniff, Heather Collins, Sarah Heenan and Helen Scalway, talked about the work.

Showcase Private view

Visit the Showcase website to read Questions and Answers from the exhibiting artists:

Review of Showcase show

HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths dropped in to SoCo's Showcase of eleven artists and found delicacy and robustness at the same time.

SHOWCASE - Questions and Answers from the artists

Questions and Answers from our 11 SHOWCASE artists exhibiting at the Arts Forum in June.

Read more on the SHOWCASE site.

What is your earliest memory of art?
Aged four, drawing on the wallpaper with my mum’s lipstick. (Got into trouble).

Who is your favourite living artist?
Probably Prunella Clough, because, for three months I can go down to the Jerwood to gaze at her gorgeous work which shines with integrity.

What is the most important lesson your have learned about art/being an artist?
That it can restore your soul, and uplift you (in a non-religious sense). And that it is a fantastically satisfying way to communicate with other people.

Which artists have influenced your work?
Many over the years Agnus Martin, David Bomberg, Paula Rego, Oskar Kokoschka, Judy Chicago to name just a few.

What is your earliest memory of art?
In my first class at infant school, my friend Anne Bowtell, taught me how to draw necks on people. I’ve never looked back.

Who is your favourite living artist? And artist from the past?
How can I single out just two? Impossible, but today the names that spring to mind are Cornelia Parker and Agnes Martin; or could I have Mona Hatoum and Eva Hesse.

Helen Scalway to become member of Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities

SoCo Artist Helen Scalway has been invited to become a member of the new Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities, based between Royal Holloway and the Royal Geographical Society, London: and she has been appointed one of two artists-in-residence in Royal Holloway's Geography Department, a residency of eighteen months, working collaboratively on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project titled 'Creative Earth Futures', looking at geohumanities approaches to global environmental change.



We are very pleased to announce that we have selected the artists for our SoCo Artists SHOWCASE exhibition which will take place at Hastings Arts Forum from 14–26 June 2016.

The selected artists are:  Angie Braven, Kathleen Mullaniff, Anny Evason, Helen Scalway, Sarah Heenan, Sally Cole, Maggie Henton, John Hacker, Stephanie Fawbert, John Booth, Heather Collins.

Jean Davey Winter exhibiting in two shows

'Living Landscape'
Six artists whose work is a personal response to 'the land'.
Touring exhibition, currently showing at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 5AX, until 24 April 2016

'Into the Wilderness'
Group exhibition, Chapel Gallery, St.Helen's Road, Ormskirk, Lancs. L39 4QR - 27 February - 9 April 2016

Studio Visit: Jean Davey Winter

We had our Studio Visit No. 3 last Saturday to the home Studio of Jean Davey Winter. Nine SoCo Artists came. This proved to be an interesting introduction to Jean's work and practice. We found out a lot about the process she goes through as she makes paintings from going up in a microlight to survey the land below to drawing with pva. Here is her response to the visit:

Thank you to members who came around last Saturday on a visit to my studio. On a very basic level it was useful motivation to clear the studio and make enough space for them to see the work. I initially felt rather apprehensive about showing work in progress - I have been working on this piece for some time - it began as a diptych, then became two separate paintings. I did consider not showing it as I still wasn't happy with it, but decided it would be a good opportunity to get some feedback.
I am glad I decided to do this as after some slight reluctance to comment - I think it's difficult for members to know how much they should say about the work, but I did specifically ask for feedback which I really found very helpful and the two paintings are now back together as a diptych.
I have responded to some of the suggestions made, but more importantly it made me look more critically and change some of the things I hadn't been sure about but was trying to's now either finished or very nearly finished..............I just need to live with it for a bit.

Jean clearly found the visit helpful and the feedback useful. Look at some photos on our SoCo Artists Facebook page.

Roz Cran will arrange another Studio Visit in February 2016.

Miscellany Show at Hastings Art Forum

Miscellany: SoCo Artists, 17th-29 November

Preview: Friday, November 20 at 6:30 - 8:30pm
SoCo Artists Miscellany at Hastings Arts Forum 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, TN38 0BU
Phone 01424 201636

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

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