The Beeching Road Early Career Studio Programme is a year long subsidised engagement with Flatland Projects with access to a free creative, learning development programme that is designed to make Bexhill-on-Sea a viable location to provide makers a route to sustain a career in the visual arts.

This programme is designed for creatives who self-identify to be in their early career and aims to eliminate the common barriers which affect an individual’s progression into a creative career. Through collaborative learning, and a focus on developing skills to work with community groups, the intention is for the selected artists to gain essential skills for a sustainable studio practice.

Throughout the year long programme participants will engage with a national network of arts professionals; through creative mentoring sessions, learn how to deliver an artist-led workshop, and then through delivery of workshops within the local community, they will develop an exhibition with Flatland Projects in late 2022 / early 2023 at Beeching Road Studios.

Alexi Marshall (b. 1995, London, UK) is a Hastings-based artist who graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2018. She works in print, fabric, drawing and embroidery, investigating themes of womanhood, folklore and regeneration. Linocut printing is a recurring medium in Marshall’s practice. The hand is always present; handmade, hand sewn, hand carved, hand printed, hand bound. The traces it leaves – slippages, scuff marks and fingerprints are often visible and embraced. Her prints and drawings convey a temporality, as lines, bodies, and worlds fold into each other to create theatrical tableaux and morality plays driven by storytelling and other worldly narrative.

Babalola Yusuf (b.1992) Lives and works as a Youth Worker in Hastings, Studied Building Surveying at UWE, and recent projects include: ‘Pioneering Places’ : a cultural regeneration project with Turner Contemporary & Ramsgate Arts Primary School.‘Gathering Container’ a group show with Common Clay and Flatland Projects & ‘Tree Of Life’ a group show at Electro Studios Project Space.

Miroslava Vecerova (b.1985) from Prague, Czech Republic, lives and works in St Leonards on Sea. She studied Photography at the Camberwell College of Arts in London (BA) and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (MA). Drawn from her experiences growing up in Central and Eastern Europe her multifaceted work often references vernacular approaches to the environments and other species like animals, plants, minerals and the unknowns.

Richard Phoenix (b. 1981) works in Hastings and London and was part of the Conditions Studio Programme in Croydon from 2018 – 2021. Recent projects include ‘Helping Hands’ at Sanford Vitrine, ‘RIDE’ with Big Rat Studios, ‘Zoomin’ with Robin Smith’ on Skelf , ‘The Drum Also’ at Conditions project space. He has been Associate Artist for Heart n Soul since 2015, artist-in-residence within Tate’s Schools and Teachers department in 2019-2020 alongside facilitating projects and giving talks at South London Gallery, Cubitt Gallery, LCC and Goldsmiths. He also published D.I.Y. as Privilege: A Manifesto with Rough Trade Books in 2020.

Tommy Camerno (b.1992) is an artist based in London. He is graduating this summer from the painting masters at the Royal College of Art and previously studied at UDK in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include: A Line Made by Walking, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery, London (2022) Ecarlaté, Antoine Schafroth, London (2022) Crafting Ourselves, The Courtauld LGBTQ+ Society, London (2022), Domestic Limbo, Antoine Schafroth, London (2021) Plan View, Cell Studios, London (2021) Hyperbole, Galleria Nicola Pedana, Naples (2021) The Edge, The Columbia, London (2020) Against the Wall, HVW8 Gallery, Berlin (2020).

William Bartlett (b.1994), is an artist who is based in Hastings, East Sussex and graduated from the BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018. Since then they have exhibited as part of the Deptford X Festival, London in 2018, and exhibited as part of a two person exhibition at Flatland Projects with Jaf Yusuf in 2019 as the inaugural exhibition at the Source BMX Park in Hastings.

The Early Career Studio Programme is now closed for applications – please look out for future opportunities.