2014 The SPACE 2

Dan Bass

‘Dan Bass: Work’ featured the Margate based artist who created two interventions as part of PhotoHastings 2014. Intrigued by the Hastings author Robert Noonan who adopted the pen name of Robert Tressell, Bass gave an acknowledgement to the author through his installation at The SPACE which utilised trestles as support structures for his colour photo montages which called attention to aspects of daily work activities.

‘Dan Bass; Work’ extended to The Kiosk on Bottle Alley, St Leonards.where 3 photo montages were installed.

The installations were on site from 26 September through mid-November 2014.

Johan Muyle

Belgian artist Johan Muyle’s intervention ‘Has Left The Building’ was presented in a unique location at St Benedict, Pevensey Road, St Leonards-on-Sea in September 2014. This private home & bed and breakfast evokes the Victorian era with its interior decor in the flavour of the 19th century. Muyle discovered St Benedict on his first research visit to Hastings &, with the support of the owners, inserted his motorised assemblage sculptures & objects within St Benedict’s eclectic collection of artefacts & religious iconography.

‘Has Left The Building’ was in situ from 9-21 September & was a highlight of Heritage Open Days events.

Included in PhotoHastings 2014, Muyle’s October exhibition ‘Fortunately thoughts are silent’ at Electro Studios Project Space (ESPS) in St Leonards featured motorised sculptures, photography & objects, all characterised by dialogue & unique interconnections within culture & society.

Maurice Meewisse
Aiming to de-romanticise driftwood, Meewisse’s intervention addressed methodology, classification and discipline. At the end of the project – a return to romanticism as Meewisse floated small driftwood pieces at high tide from Winchelsea & Cooden beaches, sending them on a new journey.
Niels Post
The SPACE 2 – ‘On Spam, Lectori Salutem #2’
Bottle Alley – ‘On Spam, Comment Spam #20’
Rotterdam based artist Niels Post’s installations opened on 24 April at The SPACE & Bottle Alley, they will remain on site till 29 June.
For several years, internet spam has been the main source material for most of Post’s projects. He appropriates it to create wall-based sculpture, installations & interventions both in the street  and in a gallery context. Sometimes site-specific, sometimes site-adjustable.
His St Leonards interventions are supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam, Hastings & St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust and Community First through the Community Development Foundation.
Colin Priest
The SPACE 2 – St Leonards Foundary
Priest created a temporary place-specific project which referenced St Leonards’ architectural heritage. Priest’s participatory intervention took the viewer on a journey where they could discover and frame their own interpretations of St Leonards-on-Sea. On 22 March at St Leonards Parish Church, Priest was ‘in conversation’ with Christine Francis of Burtons’ St Leonards Society to discuss and reveal St Leonards’ ‘lost’ architectural heritage.
‘St Leonards Foundary’ received the support of The National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts Programme, University for the Arts London, Hastings & St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust & Community First through the Community Development Foundation.