Acclaimed artists paint live at streetsmART slam this weekend

Cavernous and atmospheric the old Observer Building in Hastings town centre thrown open its doors this weekend for a unique drop-in event.

streetsmART slam celebrates the world of graffiti and street art. 

Visitors can “watch, try, learn and buy”, with artist workshops, stencilling, spraying and rollering activities, exhibitions, stalls, films, DJ and food, plus live painting from top street artists, Joe Holbrook and Pablo Allison, who will be making new pieces of street art in The Alley behind the building throughout the weekend.

A highlight on Sunday is a workshop with Pablo, an international photographer and graffiti artist his current work documents the progress of migrant trains in Mexico and his workshop will focus on the experience of migrants approaching the US/Mexican border. The workshop highlights the role of graffiti and street art in raising awareness of injustice and inequality. 

Joe Holbrook at work.

“Love it or hate it, graffiti is part of the everyday urban landscape,” says Margaret Sheehy of MSL Projects the Event Producer.

“streetsmART explores how graffiti and street art challenges urban, political and creative barriers,” she says.

As well as watching artists at work and taking part in activities, visitors can browse an exhibition of Hastings’ graffiti by local photographers, eat freshly cooked Mexican food from Home Ground Kitchen, enjoy live DJ sets from ‘Stan’ and buy art and clothes from stalls.

“The event has something for everyone, from professional artists of all types, to those who enjoy looking at street art or who would like to try out some of the techniques,” says Margaret.

Graffiti art at The Observer Building.

Entry is just £1, with activities an additional £3. Participation in Pablo Allison’s workshop is £5.

streetsmART is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council and is presented in collaboration with Stella Dore Gallery, St Leonards and the Observer Building.

StreetsmART will run from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (February 22nd and 23rd). 

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