HIFEST Hastings illustration festival

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Even before I visited Hastings for the first time last month I had heard about the flourishing illustration community living and working in the town. The Hastings illustration festival- HIFEST promises to showcase the local talent as well as exhibiting internationally renown illustrators from further afield and with plenty to see, watch, hear and buy it looks to be a super day by the sea. And if you are visiting Hastings for the festival I highly recommend a trip on one of the two funicular railways.

What: Stalls, talks, workshops, live drawing, screenings, and students GIF projects celebrating illustration. There are a huge variety of briliant guest illustrators from across the UK taking part in the live drawing. Workshop highlights include ‘Let’s make a collage booklet’ with collage extraordinaires Martin O’Neill & Paul Burgess and Christmas card making with the witty wonder Gemma Correll. Talks include Lawrence Zeegan discussing his brilliant new book ’50 years of illustration’ and panel discussion ‘Illustration online’ where “top illustrators will discuss how they have used social media platforms to develop personal projects, build audiences, gain the attention of clients and create highly successful careers in the world of illustration.”

When: Saturday 6th December 2014. 11am-6pm

Where: The Atrium, Station Plaza, Station Approach, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1BA

More information: on the blog, website, facebook & twitter.

Credits: Quote and image from the HIFEST website (although I’m not sure who created the illustration)

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