The Observer Building acts as a monument to Hastings’ increasing reputation for excellence in the contemporary arts.
It was built in 1924, and was the office and printworks for Hastings Observer for decades. It has not been used as a printworks since 1985. But after two decades of abandonment it has been ignited into life, and is currently an arts centre.
Community is at the heart of the Observer Building. For example, it staged Sussex Coast College’s degree show in 2016 – blending education, art and accessibility. On Saturdays it acts as a (flea)market/fair/fete - allowing local artists, makers and creatives to display and sell their work.
It is also hosting a ROOT 1066-commissioned exhibition: A New Language. This exhibition brings together international artists as they respond to cultural conflict and language.
Situated on Cambridge Road, it is fast becoming a major landmark in Hastings.
Thorsten Brinkmann, Karl Schrank von Gaul, 2008, C-Print © 2016 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 170 x 120 cm, Courtesy of Feldbuschwiesner Gallery, Berlin
Part of A New Language, on exhibition at the Observer Building for ROOT 1066.