It survived the night

Most artists are only too happy for their artwork to be kept within the relatively safe confines of a the walls of a gallery. While you might get some idiot with a can of spray paint or a Stanley knife decide to deface it, on the whole such attacks are pretty rare. But Hastings is not known to be the most art loving town in Britain so when Daniel Dowling decided to put his art work on the outside of the Blue Room rather than on the inside, none of us was absolutely certain it would be there in the morning. But it survived; thank you late night Hastings revellers for leaving it alone.

Dan, who is undertaking the third year of a BA Hons in Fine Art at Sussex Coast College, is fascinated by Britain’s industrial heritage. He created the work  specially  for the Blue Room by taking a rubbing  from a piece of rock from the site of the Workington Steel Works in Cumbria.  The few pieces of rock were all  that remained from what used to one of Britain’s major industrial sites. Dan has a personal connection with Workington because his great-grandfather used to be a boiler maker there.  Dan then used the rubbing to create a screen print on pieces of  linen which he has sown together to give the Blue Room its  brand new covering.

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The Blue Room with its new blue covering.
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Daniel and his grandmother Mildred Dowling , whose father used to work as a boiler maker at Workington.
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The repeated image allows for lots of variation

What is interesting about the work is the variety that Dan has created whilst repeating the same basic pattern. It certainly excited interest when he put it up yesterday. His grandmother Mildred Dowling who was there to see this unique memorial to her father also seemed to approve. Provided the work survives another night unguarded, you should still be able to see it tomorrow morning.

 

Off the back of a lorry

How do you set up an art gallery in seconds – well minutes anyway? Answer – you bring in a specially adapted shipping container. This is what happened yesterday at Sussex Coast College when a large transporter arrived outside the college and off-loaded the Blue Room

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Student on the FDA course in Fine Art Contemporary Practice are there to welcome the Blue Room mobile art gallery
The Blue Room is lowered gently
Nearly there
And the doors are opened

Now all we have to do is find some wonderful art to put in it.

The Blue Room featuring art works from students on the FDA Fine Art Course will be outside Sussex Coast College until the end of January 2013.