St Mary in the Castle
St Mary in the Castle is fantastically unique. A neoclassical-fronted church, it is a grade II listed building. In 1998, funding from Hastings Borough Council and English Heritage ensured its ascendance into an arts centre.
Its crypt remains one of East Sussex’s most enigmatic exhibition spaces. Its auditorium stages popular and classical music, theatre and opera. It screens classic and arthouse cinema. And it hosts talks – notably from the Leader of the Opposition in May 2016.
St Mary in the Castle is being used as a venue for ROOT 1066, where internationally-acclaimed academic Professor Gale Owen-Crocker will be giving a talk on the Bayeux Tapestry. The calibre of the artists that have already performed at St Mary in the Castle is very high. The Fall, Television and Fairport Convention are among these artists.
In 2015, a ten year lease was signed to consolidate its tenure as an arts venue, and its artistic development promises to be exciting.
Featured image: (c) Abi Riddihough. Cannot be used without permission. The image will appear in the Sneeky Peek Picturesque Guide to Hastings & St Leonards, which will be available from 27 August.