Tuesday, November 17, 2015


“1067 Mind Invasion” At The Observer Building, Hastings, UK
Major British Survey of Contemporary Collage : 500 Works On Exhibition

Private View – Friday 4 December, 2015 : 6.30 PM

HASTINGS, UK –  “It could be the most extensive survey of British collage in the last 10 years,” says Liz Finch, organizer and artist for the 1067 Group’s major exhibition set to open with the private view on 4 December at 6.30 pm at The Observer Building in Hastings, UK.  The exhibition features the work of 26 artists and runs through 20 December, 2015.

Following the success of the previous Hastings exhibition 10 years ago, the 1067 Group invades Hastings again, this time in a larger, more generous venue. Formerly comprised of East Sussex-based artists and designers, the 1067 Group has expanded to include a handful of internationally known collage artists. The range of works and magic woven by these artists, will clearly rival any London show surveying contemporary collage.

“Each artist will present some 20 works, with the sole restriction that each piece measure 15 x 15 inches square,” says Hastings artist Peter Quinnell.  “The exhibition promises to be a high-quality survey with works ranging from a current interest in geometric abstraction and pop to surrealism and text-infused realism.”

Collage has become a medium as powerful and omnipresent as paint – or wood, metal, or stone sculpture. It is wildly versatile and is often used as an installation component or subject – think wallpaper. The use of printed images, photographs, paper or any material that can be fixed and attached to a canvas or paper support is often recombined in novel ways. Small details can be enlarged; the world explored in minutiae or in odd but meaningful scale. The results of collage works are often politically and sexually charged, and marry reality to fantasy in a way other mediums can’t easily do. 

“For me, collage is another way of essay writing, of spelling, of producing a philosophical (realist) text,” says Paris-based American artist, Matthew Rose. “What is always compelling about collage is its capacity to stack and stagger meaning from a simple paper base. In the 1067 Mind Invasion exhibition, I use paint sample grids to discuss theology and technology.”

The Observer Building is in the heart of the Hastings Art District: Artists, illustrators, film makers, fashion designers often congregate in the commons areas, to meet, greet and exchange ideas that are making the British art world tick. 

Michael Leigh, the British Fluxus & Mail artist from Manchester, notes that “The Observer Building is a magnet for artists and musicians experimenting every which way.  One of the coolest places in England.”  He points out that “1067” is a reference to the Battle of Hastings, which took place in 1066 and put the Norman French in control of the British Kingdom.  “Of course, 1067 is a year late to the Norman Invasion party,” says Leigh.

The poster –1067 MIND INVASION – was designed by Martin O’Neill, renowned British illustrator in editorial and advertising. 

The high resolution PDF poster is free to download:

The 1067 exhibition is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm; the gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. 

Among the artists exhibiting: Matthew Rose, Peter Quinnell, Liz Finch, Nichola Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Richard Heslop, Michael Leigh, Chris Milton, Jennifer Binnie, Christine Binnie, Deborah Stevenson, Luke Pendrell, Paul Burgess, Catherine Denvir, Annie Millar, Shorn Thompson, Bunny, Lucy, Alex Mazari, Tom Bartlett, Jeb Haward, Oska Lappin, Danny Pockets,Robert Sample, Dave Reading, Jo Redpath, Richard de Pesando, Delaine Le Bas, Lorna Crabbe, Jane Marriner, Jason Williams, Rebecca Marshall, Tim Marrs, Gary Neil, Rozenn Le Gall, Marc Deb...

Dates & Venue: 4 - 20 December, 2015. The Observer Building : 53 Cambridge Road, TN34 1DT Hastings, East Sussex, UK

For more information on the show, images or interviews with the curators, please contact: Peter Quinnell – peterquinnell@gmail.com or tel: + 44.142.4423.134