The Hastings and St Leonards Revealed Residency was part of the Creative Landscapes project: working with Deaf and disabled people in Hastings and Gosport to explore accessible and creative approaches to heritage. In 2009/10, the project focussed on developing new programmes of events for Heritage Open Days, a national annual event, and commissioning disabled artists to deliver participatory residencies that took local heritage as their inspiration.
The residency had three main aims:
Over the three month residency, artist Lynn Weddle worked around The Stade in Hastings, using photography to explore the area, the people who work there and the changes it is currently experiencing. She:
The following year, 2011, The Stade Education Project hosted an exhibition of Lynn’s photographs of the people of The Stade for Heritage Open Days. The exhibition at the new community hall attracted over 700 visitors.
‘The residency was a great opportunity which I have greatly enjoyed. It is quite rare to get a budget to go and make my own work, alongside the participatory work. I got so much from the experience that I can take with me for future work, which is so very exciting.’
Lynn Weddle, Artist.
‘My photographs show the changing of The Stade…the building of the controversial Jerwood Gallery and the removal of the coach park and also what remains on The Stade which still makes it popular with tourists who return every year…’
Alun, Project Participant.
‘I enjoyed walking on The Stade. It was good fun to be by the sea’.
Jordan, Project Participant.
For more information on Creative Landscapes contact the Project Manager: Esther Gill email@example.com