A PHOTOGRAPHIC EVENT IN HASTINGS HISTORIC BUILDING

The Memorial Studio. 2nd Floor, 7 Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DJ.


The Memorial Studio. A Portrait of Hastings 2022.

A long secret Victorian studio will open its doors this October to make portraits of communities, residents and visitors in Hastings.

Purpose built as a photographic portrait daylight studio in 1864, The Memorial Studio was an attraction in Hastings for 54 years until 1918 when it disappeared for over a century. It survived as, among many other things, storage for British Telecom, an insurance company office and a workshop making orthopaedic supports. Artist Beatrice Lacey took it over as her studio in 2012 removing the false ceiling that had long concealed the North skylight.

A RARE SURVIVAL OF THE BIRTH OF TECHNOLOGY

The Memorial Studio is a rare survival. More than a thousand photographic portrait studios were established in the UK between 1839 and 1901, only around two dozen are known to remain.
in its time the modernity of invention was cutting edge,



PAINTING STUDIO FOR ARTIST BEATRICE LACEY[ FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS /b]

In 2022 Beatrice invited photographers Toby Shaw & Alex Brattell to collaborate in exploring, reviving and celebrating this exquisite space. The Memorial Studio will temporarily re-open As an exhibition about portrait photography and functioning portrait studio offering sittings to the public , following the tradition from 104 years ago , booking sittings and welcoming passing visitors for individual and group photographic portraits.

Toby Shaw and guest photographers will offer free sittings including a free still or moving image file. Cartes de visite, cabinet cards and framed portraits will be available to purchase. When the studio is not booked visitors will be invited to contribute to the The Memorial Studio project by making their own portraits and selfies.

Cutting through time, a changing exhibition in the studio's waiting room will showcase the studio's activities and history just as it did in the nineteenth century. The visit to the photographer's studio, a formal and intimate moment of recording presence and identity for posterity whilst also connecting us with our past, is now in danger of becoming forgotten as an experience and an event. An experiment with time, The Memorial Studio will be inspired by the past to record the present, creating memories for the future.

The exhibition and studio will be open 12-5, Fridays to Sundays throughout October. Free entry. The studio can be booked for sittings from noon to 3pm and will be available for viewing and photographing from 3pm until dusk.

The Memorial Studio. 2nd Floor, 7 Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DJ.


We apologise for no disabled access, there are three flights of stairs (originally the trade entrance, the main entrance in Robertson St no longer survives).

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