We Are Here: A Collective Story

We Are Here: A Collective Story

We are looking gather personal stories from the Black communities of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill to contribute to an interactive audio experience.

Do you live locally and want to share your story with us and the wider community?

It can be a story that connects you to Hastings, St Leonards or Bexhill

A story of your parents or their parents.

A memory or a moment that lives in your mind that is connected to a particular place in Hastings, St Leonards or Bexhill.  

The stories can be joyful or moving, funny or poignant or a simple anecdote linked to a space in our towns. We want to share as wide a variety of stories and lives as possible.

We will arrange for one of our trained volunteers to meet you at a place and time convenient to you (this can also be virtual). They will bring audio recording equipment and have a recorded conversation with you to support you in sharing your story. These will then be edited down and form part of a celebratory map launching during Black History Month*. Where audiences can walk the streets of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill and hear these recorded stories.

This is an ongoing project so please get in touch and if we cannot meet this time around, we will hold your details for the next phase of the project.

All interviewers/story collectors will be guided by Actor/Artist, Anna-Maria Nabirye. Anna-Maria Nabirye is a multidisciplinary artist with several years of experience in creating artwork with communities. She has created projects and facilitated communication work for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albany Theatre, Arts Admin, Southbank Centre, Brighton Museum as well as with community groups, schools and pupil referral units. You can see more about her work here.

*We acknowledge that Black history shouldn’t be contained to a month, this work will form part of year-round activities and celebrations documenting and celebrating Black presence and contributions to the communities of Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill.