Bob Humm: The Doors building – At Home 2017
Tempo Arts is based in Hastings. We initiate and deliver projects and events in East Sussex and beyond which specialise in the contemporary visual arts, artists’ film & video, performance and sound. Artists’ temporary interventions take place within the public space and involve free activities such as artists’ talks, workshops and film screenings, bringing artists and audiences together.

We work with emerging and established artists supporting their research and professional development through opportunities to create new work for specific sites, often outside the gallery context. Many of our projects take place in an outdoor site – The SPACE in St Leonards-on-Sea which encourages the production of work informed by its location, place-specificity and the town’s unique architectural heritage. To support artists’ practice, we have developed a working partnership with Espace 36, an arts association and project space in Saint-Omer, France. This cross-border collaboration has presented French artists’ work in Hastings and St Leonards and opportunities for South East based artists to create new works in France.

We aim to devise free creative opportunities for people with limited access to engage with high quality and innovative arts provision and in doing so to promote healthy creative communities. Many Tempo Arts projects involve people who live in areas of deprivation or who have challenging life situations. Projects in the public space demonstrate that the contemporary arts can enhance the urban landscape and make a positive contribution to people’s lives. We work with a range of partners and organisations to deliver arts projects and actions which benefit the local community, visitors to the area and a wide-ranging arts audience.

Our projects and events have received support from numerous public and private sector organisations including The National Lottery through Arts Council England, The Big Lottery Fund through Awards for All, Kent Community Foundation, Kent County Council, Shepway District Council, Sussex Community Foundation, Community Development Foundation, Hastings Borough Council, Community Partnership Fund, The Foreshore Trust and The Henry Moore Foundation.
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For more information about Tempo Arts and updates on current projects, please contact Christine Gist on +44 788 144 1120 or email

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Tempo Arts encourages and facilitates access to and participation in contemporary art projects
"Art is a guarantee of sanity" Louise Bourgeois
Field Laboratory 2011 © Nicholette Goff
Watchtower 2011 © Sharon Haward
Layering Landscape project
at Romney Marsh Visitor Centre for Folkestone Triennial Fringe