Soco News

The Language of Green on Hastings Online Times

Our very own Roz Cran writes about The Language of Green exhibition at St Mary in the Castle.

Jean Davey Winter: ‘Aereality’ Hastings Arts Forum 21 April–3 May

Jean Davey Winter, SoCo committee member, has a show at the Hastings Arts Forum this month.

Preview: Friday, April 24 at 6:30 - 8:30pm

This work is an ongoing exploration of our relationship to the land, journeys and mapping. The exhibition brings together work from the past three years. Until recently all the photographs were taken from the windows of passenger aircraft, including flights over Spain, the USA and Mexico. However last autumn during a trip to the volcanic island of Lanzarote Jean was fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph from a microlight, providing a completely different experience.

These images form the starting point for a new series of mixed media pieces which will be shown alongside the photographs. Mixed media is used to convey the surface qualities of this extraordinary landscape. The work is less of a literal interpretation, more an aim to communicate something of the sense of movement and spatial ambiguity one experiences. Aerial perspective provides us with an increased awareness of the delicate balance between man and the environment, giving an overview of the marks made upon the earth’s surface by agriculture, transport and urbanisation. However in these recent photographs there is also evidence of the way in which volcanic activity has restructured the land and of man’s response to this barren environment with ingenious agricultural solutions.

A Fertile Pause by Roz Cran

You are invited to come and see work made by Roz Cran during two months as Artist in Residence at St. John’s Church, Brittany Road, St. Leonards on Sea, TN38 on Saturday 11 April 2015  Open 2.30–4.30pm  - all welcome
And there will be a quiet time before and after:
Readings on Silence and Art
A half hour to listen to selected extracts from writings on silence including books by Sara Maitland and Jeanette Winterson
There will be 2 sessions.
1.45pm–2.15pm (doors open 1.30pm) or 4.30pm–5pm
Limited places
Please email Roz by Monday 29 March if you would like to come with your preferred time, and whether you could make either time. Roz will need to balance numbers and will get back to you.

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Upcoming SoCo events and exhibitions for 2013 / 14


© Sinéid Codd, Garden in the Garage


We have a diverse and exciting programme of events coming up, so here, in brief, are some important dates for your diary:

Thursday 4th July, AGM 7.00pm at the White Rock Hotel
Friday 12th July, 7.15 pm at the Bullet Cafe, a talk by Xavarine Bates, 'Art and the Feminist Revolution'
September 1st - 18th POST A POSTCARD fundraising  exhibition and Sale at the Kave Gallery
September 23rd - 30th (second week of Coastal Currents), 'Garden in the Garage' an exhibition of experimental work following on from the Gardens and Plants workshop (publicity image above)
Members exhibition at Trinity Gallery, Nov/Dec
SoCo Artists back at St Mary-in-the-Castle! from 11 - 27 April

SoCo members can read more about these events in the Summer Newsletter in the Members News section.



SoCo Artists AGM, 4 July 2013

This years AGM is at 7pm on Thursday 4 July in the meeting room at the White Rock Hotel.

We do hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM. Apart from the importance of the business in hand it’s an opportunity to meet other members socially.                                       

Please consider joining the committee! We are looking for new committee members, with new and fresh ideas. It is a great privilege and great fun to be able to take part in decision making for SoCo. Lynne Bingham, our Membership Secretary has sent out the forms for proposing yourself or putting another member forward for election.

Art Interventions by SoCo artists Sinéid Codd and Roz Cran for Heritage Open Day, 2012

ART INTERVENTIONS FOR THE WALLED GARDEN is a new group of artists, who are working in response to the Bohemia Walled Garden. Eight Winds of the World by Sinéid Codd and Walls have Ears by Roz Cran have been produced for Heritage Open Day, as the first in a series of temporary works for the Garden by this group.

Date: Sunday 9 September from 10-3pm, along with discussions, stories, tea and cakes.

10.30 - 11.30am Garden Philosophy discussion. See attached flyer for details of other events and map for how to get there.

Bohemia Walled Garden

SoCo artist David Reeve exhibiting at The Stables Theatre Art Gallery, Hastings

Townscapes and Seascapes of Old Hastings is a new collection of works by David Reeve. The beach, boats and buildings of the Old Town are the inspiration for direct observation, visual reality and a move towards abstraction through observation with nature and the play of light and shade.

Dates: 4 June - 28 July 2012    

Monday to Saturday from 10.30am - 2pm and 6 - 8pm

The Stables Theatre Gallery, The Bourne, Hastings TN34 3BD
Telephone: 01424 423221

follow the Stables Theatre link to the Art Gallery page for further information

SoCo Artists in On the Map, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery


Roz Cran and Jean Davey Winter have work in the selected exhibition, On the Map: Historic Maps and Contemporary Map Art. The exhibition brings together a varied selection of maps from the Museum's collection alongside contemporary work, inspired by maps and cartography.

Dates: 10 March - 17 June 2012 (closed Mondays)
Entry: free
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
Johns Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings, TN34 1ET

SoCo Artists in the East Sussex Open 2012 at Towner

Jean Davey Winter and Brian Rybolt have had their work selected for the East Sussex Open 2012.
This popular exhibition, open to all East Sussex artists and makers, takes place in the vast ground floor Exhibition Halls of Towner – the largest display space in the region. The exhibition was curated by Towner’s Exhibitions Curator Sanna Moore with Jane Wo, curator at the De La Warr Pavillion and Mathew Burrows, John Moores painting prize winner.
Expect to see a rich and diverse exhibition of paintings, installation, photography and sculpture.
Dates: 24 March - 29 April (closed Mondays)
Free entry
Towner, Devonshire Park,  College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JJ
The exhibition runs in conjunction with the Eastbourne Festival.

Specialist World Textiles Talks by Robert Mucci

A new Autumn/Winter season of specialist world textiles talks by Robert Mucci at The Beacon:

October 28 Africa

November 18 India

December 9 Japan and Indonesia

£10 ticket (in advance only) includes a themed buffet supper

Click on flyer for more info and booking details:


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