Life on the outside of society

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Community Arts company, Radiator Arts, joins forces with local charity Seaview to present an exhibition about a hermit who lived in Ecclesbourne Glen cave for 12-14 years until his death in 1904.

John Hancox was a professional draper who fell on hard times and ended up living in the cave in Hastings Country Park. John was regarded by locals as a solitary, well-presented and peaceful man who would sing to himself in the woods. He made a home, tended his allotment and scraped a living by being a market gardener. Many of the service users at Seaview will recognise this story and the sequence of events that can easily lead to homelessness. It is a story that resonates and as relevant today as it was 112 years ago.

Seaview and Radiator have been working together exploring the themes around homelessness and feeling on the edge of society through a series of workshops which has resulted in some inspirational, art work, poetry and sound recordings which will be presented as an Installation.

The free event will be held at The Stade hall in Hastings Old Town over the weekend of April 2-3 from 11-5pm.