The Tree Of Life

The Tree Of Life

A period unlike any other, the pandemic has quickened our awareness and appreciation of the natural cycles of life. Renewal, regeneration in an emerging new reality, The Tree of Life looks at the ways in which artists draw upon trees and their metaphorical association with family and personal relationships to reflect upon nature, the human condition and the fragility of life.

Three years ago, we asked asked over twenty artists to contribute to Self Comes to Mind, which looked at the self-portrait in the digital age and in turn we asked them to invite another artist with the stipulation that age and profile was irrelevant. Using the same curatorial format, we are so pleased and grateful that over fifty artists, aged from 13 to 88, some with international reputations and some who have never exhibited before, have agreed to take part and embraced the theme and the opportunity to re-engage with friends, family and colleagues. The occasion also marks the opening of Landing, the new first floor gallery at Electro Studios Project Space, an unforeseen space which emerged hidden in plain sight during the months of lockdown.

Colin Booth

Opening: 6-9pm 17th September 2021
Open: 1-6pm Saturday & Sunday 18th-19th/25th-26th

All welcome

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL

The nearest rail station is West St Leonards on the Charing Cross line. Change at Warrior Square or Hastings if travelling on the coastal line. It's a few minutes walk down the hill to Seaside Road.

Instagram: @electro_studios_project_space


Oceanic Feelings

Oceanic Feelings

Oceanic Feelings is an exhibition and collaboration between artists Becky Beasley @beckybeasleyuk w/ Beatrice Tailby Hardstaff @beatrice_th, Clare Burnett @clareeburnett, Leah Clements @leah_r_clements, Sam Smith w/ Project Artworks @projectartworks & curator Mariana Lemos @marianaamlemos

The project is spurred by a desire to recognise embodied experience as a source of knowledge. Thinking of feeling as a way to break free from the mind and body divide, and to connect us to the world: feeling as one, whole, but also dispersed and multiplied like water.

Generously supported by @aceagrams
Image Designs by the talented @riked

Exhibition: 4 - 5th September 12 - 5pm
Opening: Friday 3rd September 6 - 9pm

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL

The nearest rail station is West St Leonards on the Charing Cross line. Change at Warrior Square or Hastings if travelling on the coastal line. It's a few minutes walk down the hill to Seaside Road.

Instagram: @electro_studios_project_space



Treatments : What We Find and What We Bring

Sophie Shaw
A mysterious set of glass plate negatives found by chance inspires this meditation on the elusive nature of the past and the power of legacy. This exhibition of prints and paintings provides a glimpse into an ongoing project, which brings rigorous research together with a little bit of fantasy.

Due to COVID-19 only six people will be able to be in the exhibition at any one time. You can avoid any possible wait by booking a time slot here:

You're also very welcome to just turn up and we'll get you in as quickly as possible.

We'll also be asking that you follow government guidelines by wearing a mask at all times when inside the exhibition (unless you are exempt) and by keeping at least 2 metres from anyone who is not in your bubble.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Preview: Saturday 10 October 1 - 4pm
Opening Hours: 10/11 October 1 - 6pm

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL




Paintings - Installation - Performance - Films

Private View: Sunday 20 October 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Tuesday 22 October 5-7pm
Open: 17 - 22 October 2019, 1-6pm daily

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL

If the work is not shown, who is it working for ?…. When the word ‘work’ itself becomes the artist’s work… The emotional impact of unpaid work …



Man Sized

Crowley Calling

A mixed media group exhibition influenced by modern day occultist and magician Aleister Crowley

Friday 27th September 6-9pm

Open Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th 11-4pm

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL

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Part of Coastal Currents 2019
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Man Sized

Man Sized Residency

Exchange Project in collaboration with ESPS

Three days of exhibition, conversations and performances to present a multitude of attitudes and perspectives on what each considers a man to be.

MAN-SIZED: What's the size of your man?
"In our current social climate that questions, with varying levels of severity, how males perform masculinity, Exchange project has gathered together a group of skilled and diverse artists to tackle the extremely slippery question of "what it is to be a man".

'Man Sized' residency, in collaboration with ESPS, will be held for a week, and consist of Joshua Vaughan, James Sirrell, Lawrence Blackman, Ben Brownton, Denisha Anderson culminating in a PV and two days of conversations and performances to present a multitude of attitudes and perspectives on what each considers a man to be"

preview friday 13th september 6-9pm
saturday 14th 12-5pm
sunday 15th 12-5pm
Artist’s talk on the theme of Man-sized and Modern Masculinity
- Saturday 14th 3pm

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Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL
Instagram @electrostudiosprojectspace


Time Spins

time spins

site specifc interventions

christian gode & elisabeth sonneck

preview friday 26.07.19 6-9pm
exhibition open 27, 28 july 1-5pm and by appointment until 11.8.19
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Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL
Instagram @electrostudiosprojectspace



Repeat after me



The paintings in this show have been made out of my searching between personal and wider collective concerns and often in response to the misuse of power. Images coalesce and arise from my experience that healing is possible at many levels.

Private view: Friday 24th May 2019, 7 - 9pm
Exhibition open: Saturday 25th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019
Daily from 1.30 - 7pm

Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea
TN38 0AL
Instagram @electrostudiosprojectspace



Repeat after me


The war to end all wars that wasn't. WW1. The supposed dawn of a peaceful age foreshadowed instead a century of repeated conflict; global migration; technology; memory; megalomaniacs; murderers; mercenaries and money makers. On show are works including film, poetry, photography, painting and sculpture.

Susan Hamer
Susan Harbage Page
Andy Masheter
Maslen & Mehra + Shuby and Delete
John See
Rachel Williams
David Wood
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SoCo Feet Ghost Socks 2018 Carly Ralph


South Coast Artists
an experimental installation by SoCo Artists & friends
Electro Studios Project Space, Seaside Road
St Leonards on Sea TN38 0AL

22 and 23 September 11am-5pm Private View: 21 September 6pm-8.30pm
Feet are the things that hold us upright and allow us mobility.
SoCo Artists and friends present a diverse collection of Feet, made from a variety of materials including wood, paper, ceramics and textiles.
SoCo Artists is a group of professional artists based in East Sussex. The project encourages Artists to experiment and to work outside their usual practice.



Self comes to mind


Opening night Friday 7th September, 6pm-9pm

Exhibition open 8 & 9 and 15 & 16 September, 1-5pm or by appointment



memorial device


Preview Friday 31 August 2018, 4pm-9pm

Exhibition open 1 and 2 September 2018, 10am-8pm

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on the fly
on the fly


site specific interventions
Elisabeth Sonneck & Christian Gode
Preview Saturday 21.07.18 5-8pm

Exhibition open 22, 28 & 29 July, 1-5pm and by appointment



Ghost Mantle





Legally High


A road suggests something hard and tangible, which if we follow it for long enough, will take us to where we want or hope to go. A sea road, in contrast, suggests something invisible to the human eye, something intangible that exists more in the imagination.

Roads are lines drawn: concrete and simple to understand. The sea is a state of flux, fed by rivers and drained by atmospheric condensation in an endlessly repeated cycle of disparate elements. Yet, the sea is traversed by shipping lanes and these maritime highways are as clearly defined as any road map and just as fixed in their marking of linear space and measured distance.

The artists in Sea Road take the idea of the sea road as a metaphor for the invisible roads that connect our island to the land mass of Europe and the invisible 'ties' that connect each of us to everything that surrounds us.




Legally High

Legally High

Preview Friday 8th September 6-8pm

States of aesthetic intoxication are soon to be on offer at Legally High, an exhibition of five contemporary artists at the Electro Studios Project Space in St Leonards-on-Sea.

Legally High showcases the work of Alexandra Drawbridge, Gerard Hemsworth, Charles Koning, Anne Parfitt, and Toby Tatum.




Electro Studios Project Space
Seaside Road
St Leonards-on-Sea
TN38 0AL

Exhibition open: 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th September 2017 from 12-5pm




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Masks, an experimental installation

Masks: an experimental installation
by SoCo Artists for Coastal Currents 2017

Masked Private View Friday 1 September 6 - 8.30pm

11am - 5pm Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September

Masks have been used as protection, disguise, performance and entertainment since antiquity. SoCo Artists and friends present a collection of masks made from paper, wood, plastic, textiles, found materials, images and objects. SoCo Artists is a group of professional artists, based in East Sussex. The project encourages artists to experiment and work outside their usual practice. This year we invited artists across Hastings and St Leonards to become involved, through the local network, Hastings Creatives.




Disa Wallander

Colin Booth


Hermione Allsopp,                                          Alessandro Raho,

Pot Cluster                                                     Simon


Susan Ormerod                                                                                   Andrzej Jackowski                               Dan Howard-Birt

A Little Death                                                                                       The Voyage                                         Celestine (Delacroix at Champrosay)


At ESPS in April 2013 the students from the BA course in Illustration at the University of Brighton put up a show of their work. They were asked to respond to the theme of Margaret Thatcher (this being the week of her funeral) using found ephemera and working with collage.

The students came up with an eclectic response to the brief with work that included humour, political angst and some surreal manifestations of Thatcher's  influence on modern political and social history. There were also lectures by Peter Quinnell and Martin O'Neill, both Hastings based Illustrators and the whole event was organised by Paul Burgess and Jim Stoten from the University of Brighton.

Peter Quinnell – lecture




Richard Henley

video by Andrew Felton



Artist performance during opening preview night:

Friday September 27, 6-8pm. 

General Exhibition/Installation opening times:

Sat & Sun Sept 28-29 12-4pm

Friday Oct 4th 6-8pm

Sat & Sun Oct 5-6 Oct 12-4pm

Or by Appointment


Broken Roads and Shrinking Magic

Hermione Allsopp and Joe Packer

This exhibition brings together the work of two artists, whose work, whilst being distinctly different; contain some areas of common ground. Both the paintings of Joe Packer, and the sculptures of Hermione Allsopp, are works that evolve through an intuitive making process.  From sharing a studio the work has developed a natural conversation, this exhibition is an attempt to explore the relationship between the work, outside of the studio environment.



7th-8th September

An exhibition of key pieces from an ongoing body of work 

relating to themes of violence and the relationship 

between religion, art history and the contemporary world.


Motion In Form

is a series of short exhibitions and performance events by seven artists that predominantly work with analogue film and installation. They will each install a new work, or new composition of works at the Project Space at various points from the months of July through to October 2013.

The remit is purely to explore the sculptural possibilities of film installation within the project space. This will be an opportunity for the artists to experiment with the methodologies and material of celluloid film and projected light, as well as the expanded cinematic qualities of film as performance and form.

A full listing of the artist’s information and event dates will be posted here:


A weekend event of artists' film and moving image curated by Niels Post and Sharon Haward                    

Friday 25 April 18.00-21.00 at ESPS

Rotterdam artist Niels Post discusses his artistic practice & curatorial projects followed by a special compilation programme of 'The Rotterdam VHS Festival'. This artists-led event was initiated in 2001 by four artists, including Post & includes a range of work from narrative & mini-documentaries to performance & animation. The festival selection is based on the artists' personal tastes and preferences & is therefore completely unreliable & un-trustworthy.

Saturday 26 April 18.00-21.00 at ESPS

'The Mirrored Edge' is an intervention of artists' video & sound works curated by Hastings artist Sharon Haward. The works reflect artists' impressions & ideas about the tensions between utopia, a place where an instinctive harmony between humanity, nature & the environment exists, and dystopia, where a dehumanised society exists under the thumb of corporate uniformity, environmental disaster & a decline in society.

All events are free – refreshments available

Info: +44(0)788 144 1120

The artists' events are initiated by Christine Gist on behalf of Tempo Arts Ltd with the support of The National Lottery through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts programme, Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam and  Community First through the Community Development Foundation.




Foule Parlement

A group exhibition curated by Ros Faram with work by painters including Iain Nicholls, Jacqueline Utley,

Brian Cheeswright, Lee Maezler, Aly Helyer, Mikey Georgeson & Ros Faram.

Private view: Friday 10 April 2015, 18.00-21.00

Open Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April, 13.00-17.00                                                               


Blue Tide: Magnus Ayers, India Boxall, Rupert Dorey, Bronte Dow, Collette Freeman, Maudie Gibbons, Rosie Haward, Eugene Watson, Jaf Yusuf


Saturday 2 May & Sunday 3 May 2015

Open 11.00-17.00

Private view: Saturday 18.00-21.00

Blue Tide is concerned with the status, tangibility and psychology of the screen, engaging with history, narrative and the anxiety of the everyday. Our interventions, representations and appropriation along with our travels to and from Hastings pulsating and forming liminal, digital and physical space. Probing to create dialectical relationships, encourage political enquiry and dissent as a means of activity and understanding


'I'm Not Even Trying no. 2'

Jeb Haward lives and works in Hastings. His work explores the problem of image making: what arises and what is it's purpose in the field of drawing or painting? What does it suggest metaphorically and are the pictorial relationships edgy enough to go beyond his expectations and his last attempt?


Nathan Burr and Louis Buckley

A Hundred-Mile Conversation

Thursday 2 July 2015 from 19.00-21.00

A Hundred-Mile Conversation (60 mins) will be followed by a Q&A session led by Nathan Burr

With A Hundred-Mile Conversation Burr and Buckley set out to look for associations between landscape and suicide – and to explore whether walking could facilitate cnversations about this sensitive issue. As the artists travelled along the South Downs Way.


Altered States

Sat 29 August from 6pm – 10pm

Sun 30 August from 2pm – 6pm

Altered States is an immersive multi-screen show of the latest experimental film and video work

curated by the Hastings-based filmmakers Toby Tatum and Mark French. Altered States features

moving image by over seventy of the most fascinating international moving image practitioners

working today, much of it unseen in the UK.

Michael Woods, Sandra Crisp, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Diego Barrera, Ellen Wetmore, Maximilian

Le Cain, Ema Čulík, Duncan Reekie, Helga Fannon, Alex Carmichael, Helena G M, Leslie Supnet,

Juliette Liautaud, Patrick Rowan, Theo Tagholm, Sandra Bouguerch, Philip Sanderson, Guli

Silberstein, Lucinda Wells, Shaun Blezard, Sirin Bahar Demirel, Maria Niro, Grant Petrey, Mike

Stolz, Alex Dickson & Greg Adsley, Eden Mitsenmacher, Tessa Garland, Joseph Curran, Anita

Spooner, David Ian Bickley, Laura Focarazzo, David Asher Brook, Jeannette Louie, Laurel

Beckman, Josh Weissbach, Stephen Broomer, Dalia Huerta Cano, Andrew Littlejohn, Joel Cahen,

Peter Rose, Helen Flanagan, Juan David Gonzalez Monroy, Enrique Piñuel, Stuart Pound, John

Davis, Alex Hovet, Disinformation, Ben Barton, Michael Fleming, Margarida Sardinha, Richard

Ashrowan, Brice Bowman, Demian Skogr, Zachary Finkelstein, Asha Tamirisa, Nicholas Bunch,

Gabriel Rud, Hans Lucas, Alisa Berger, Mirjam Bromundt, Pako Quijada, Josh Yates, Harold

Charre, Evguenia Men, Michael Betancourt, Jason Bernagozzi, Mark Street, Chiara Ambrosia,

Rui Hu, Kera MacKenzie, Caryn Cline, ana b. & nuno m. pereira, Callum Costello.

Altered States continues at Butlers Gap, George Street, Old Town, TN34 3EE on Sat 5 September

from 8pm

Altered States forms part of the Coastal Currents curated programme. For more information about

the Butlers Gap screening and other Coastal Currents film events please visit:


“Transit-Movement Through Space”

12 & 13 September 2015

Open Saturday 11-5 & Sunday 12-6

Elise&Mary – Elise Liversedge & Mary Hooper set up camp at ESPS to show a series of moving images made over a period of 2 years, screened alongside a new audio soundtrack, made especially for ESPS

                                                                              ‘transit – movement through place’ –1- Forth Bridge



Kiss Chase

Hermione Allsopp, Paco de Quesada, Alexandra Drawbridge, Gerard Hemsworh, Russell Miller, Anne Parfitt, Geraldine Swayne

Open Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 September from 13.00-17.00 & Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 September from 13.00-17.00

Preview: Friday 18 September 18.00-21.00

Kiss Chase is an exhibition which showcases seven contemporary artists who work in a variety of media including painting, film, printing and sculpture. The works reflect on childhood through approached ranging from humour and irony to the uncanny and the subversive, resulting in a compelling show that is at times intriguing and unsettling


A weekend event featuring interventions by sculpture students at La Cambre École Nationale Supérieure des Arts visuels, Bruxelles in collaboboration with Johan Muyle, Head of Sculpture.

Estelle Cernichowski, Philippe de Chirée, Julien Dumond, David Ek, Romane Gérard, Antoine Jacqz, Camille Lavier, Gabrielle Lerch, Laurent Quentin, Capucine Tirfort, William Waseige

Launch event on Friday 9 October 2015 from 18.30 – 21.00

Open Saturday 10 October from 14.00 – 16.00



As If They Existed

During winter 2014/15, to correspond with Turner Contemporary’s spring 2015 exhibition Self, artist and writer Felicity Allen undertook a residency at Turner Contemporary which explored how women’s work in the arts continues to shift ideas about artistic practice and how to record it.

As If They Existed is a new film by Felicity Allen, made with artist Tom Dale. Throughout her residency at Turner Contemporary, Allen painted portraits of influential women working within the arts. The film records the development of the work and the conversations shared between Allen and her sitters.

As If They Existed was commissioned by Turner Contemporary 



EVICTION David Murphy

David Murphy lives & works in St Leonards-on-Sea. In the 1970s he lived in Cornwall amongst fellow painters such as Roger Hilton, Terry Frost, Bob Bourne, Lesley Illsley & others.

During his career Murphy has exhibited at Newlyn Art Gallery, Battersea Picture Gallery, Gallery 7 in Gothenburg, Sweden & Hastings Arts Forum. He has works in private collections in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, West Indies, USA & Canada.

Murphy’s recent paintings explore simple forms & colour – the work has always been political & his solo exhibition at Hastings Arts Forum in 2012 was titled ‘The Emptiness of Capitalism’.


Coffee & Peaches

New paintings by

Dan Howard-Birt curated by Jacqui Hallum

These are paintings of things on top of other things. Proxies, surrogates, containers, histories. One on top of another in small piles.





Lignes De Fuite has been realised using public funding from The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex Arts Partnership

© Guy Lemonnier/Conservatoire Nominal des Arts et Métiers 2016




Sea Crossing

An experimental installation by SoCo Artists: part of the ROOT 1066 Festival of Contemporary Arts

Electro Studios Project Space

Seaside Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0AL

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