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After months of hard work, 12 organisations from across Hastings and Rother that support vulnerable adults in the community came together for a huge event on the STADE as part of the ROOT 1066 festival in October 2016. Developed by the Craftivist Network with artist Caroline Le Breton and coordinated by arts organisation Culture Shift and Hastings Furniture Service, Movement was one of the ROOT 1066 commissioned projects.

Movement provided a platform for individuals challenged to access the cultural life of the town to take part in a major arts festival. Part movement of people, part protest, the project took at arrow as a symbol for the direction people wanted their lives to follow and the things that mattered most.

Movement began as a procession along the Hastings seafront accompanied by the Open Door Drummers led by Jamie Harris. The groups carried spear they had made and banners to make clear their concerns and wishes. Judy Rogers, the mayor of Hastings was in the parade.

The Stade Open Space was set out as a large community tea party, with tables arranged round a stage, chairs of all sorts and sizes provided by Hastings Furniture Service, refreshments from the Roebuck Centre and craft stalls. Each group ceremonially placed their spears in bases on the Stade to decorate the space.

Performers for the afternoon included Seaview Choir, Hastings Voice Squad and Arts Connect’s Delta 7. In addition, community music organisation Rhythmix managed the stage area and delivered two drop-in music sessions.

Inside the Stade Hall was a mesmerising installation of 380 silver hanging arrows, made by participants and installed by artist Caroline Le Breton. Each arrow was inscribed underneath with the thing that mattered most to that individual. Words included; home, health, homes, opportunity, to be needed, to be positive, love, travel and much more.

Who was involved?

  • Artist: Caroline Le Breton
  • Autism Sussex, Glyne Gap Faculty, Active Arts and Mencap Open Door (Hastings and Bexhill Mencap), Hastings Furniture Service, Greenwood Respite Hotel, Little Gate Farm, Parchment Trust, Seaview, Beeching Park and Conquest Day Centres
  • Businesses supporting the event: Brewers, Sussex Plumbing Supplies, M&W Residential Sales and Lettings

More information on the ROOT 1066 Festival.

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It looks fantastic. What a wonderful way of bringing people together through art! Really lovely!

Audience member

Lots of people working together to make something really beautiful and meaningful.

H&B MENCAP

It’s lovely here – is my first time here and I love it. I am happy here.

Participant

I really enjoyed being in the parade and seeing all my friends from Little Gate Farm.

Participant

The Stade Open Space was blessed with such a fantastic afternoon of community entertainment, ranging from energetic drumming and songs from local groups, a colourful ‘Movement’ procession and a stunning exhibition of arrows. Thank you to Culture Shift, Caroline Le Breton and all of the groups and organisers involved in bringing this wonderful community event to the heart of the Old Town.

Councillor James Bacon, Old Hastings Ward