Eastbourne’s new art cafe
When I heard something arty was poised to shake up Eastbourne I had to go and check it out.
The new DC1 gallery and cafe at 67-69 Seaside Road has been opened by the Devonshire Collective, which also has new artists’ workshops in the town. (The name Devonshire comes from the Devonshire Ward in which it’s based). The cafe/gallery a smart modern space with exposed brick and sci fi looking air con units and it will be displaying a rolling programme of exhibitions.
It’s a small gallery but with enough wall space to fit a fair bit of art work as the initiative gathers pace. I caught the recent Greenhouse exhibition that had the theme of plants and Irish contexts with photography to woodblock printing included.. Most was displayed in the bright downstairs room.
The work was from established and emerging Irish artists but the collective has also been collaborating with the Eastbourne community. These lovely ceramic tiles were designed, with guidance, by businesses in town to reflect their work.
The cafe offering is basic at present – teas, coffees and cake – but it’s planned to start building up the reportoire. You can rent the space out for functions, workshops and the like and the Devonshire Collective is also thinking of running its own events – anything from music to stand up. A lift between floors means it’s also disabled and buggy accessible.
Artists’ studios and spaces are available to hire at DC2 (137-139 Seaside Road) which has a printmaking facilites at its other two centres – from as little as £25 a week. Already there are animators, a ceramic artist, sculptor/photogrpaher
Look out too for workshops at the Devonshire Collective’s DC3 workshop at 1-5 Seaside Road. There’s plenty on for adults and young people and for children during school holidays, like eco art workshops.
There are regular evening AudioActive sessions running to encourage young people in rap, lyric writing and music production. The next block runs weekly 3 May to 24 May. Check out also the Hey Clay! Mug making workshop at DC2 on 8 April suitable for adults and over 8s at just £5 per person.
Resident Animazing has a children’s claymation workshop this Sat 18 March and this summer will be bringing an exhibition of Classic children’s TV memorabilia to the studios and before that to the Towner Art Gallery on Good Friday April 14.
Looks like all sorts of exciting projects are taking shape and it’s a welcome injection of youthful spirit in what is always seen as a retirement town.
DC1 gallery and cafe, 67-69 Seaside Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3PL, 07845 731281, devonshirecollective.co.uk