Nudes gather in Hastings in a bid to attract top photographer to the town

Nudes gather in Hastings in a bid to attract top photographer to the town

Nudes gather in Hastings in a bid to attract top photographer to the town

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Up to 30 hardy exhibitionists braved bitingly cold wind and rain to bare all in a naked flash mob on a beach.

The stunt was staged in Hastings in an effort to attract acclaimed photographer Spencer Tunick to the seaside town.

The resort's Jerwood Gallery is on a three-strong shortlist, alongside venues in Folkestone, Kent, and Brighton, vying to host American Tunick, famed for mass nude photoshoots.

Against the backdrop of Hastings' fishing boats in the Old Town area, people disrobed in an attempt to win the public vote contest, organised by Culture 24.

Among those who took part was new mother Hannah Corke, 25, who said afterwards: "I thought it was really funny.

"It hasn't been done before. I gave birth five months ago and it's quite liberating to get naked in front of lots of people and get rid of that post-pregnancy fear."

Fellow participant Sam Wickham, 43, said: "I gave birth six months ago and I also thought it would be liberating.

"My body is probably not in the best shape, but I'm happy to show it off. There was a lot of camaraderie."

The Jerwood Gallery is up against the Georges House Gallery, Folkestone, and Brighton's Royal Pavilion and Museums to secure Tunick for a photoshoot during the Connect 10 Museums at Night Festival weekend in May.

Gallery director Liz Gilmore said: "Hastings is so celebrated for its special festivals, including Jack in the Green, Pirate's Day and Hastings bonfire.

"The culturally-rich and quirky traditions of Hastings and actual site location would make a wonderfully fitting context for this one-off event."

 

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2:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Metro Reader says...

The resort's Jerwood Gallery is on a three-strong shortlist, alongside venues in Folkestone, Kent, and Brighton
that means the short list is FOUR !
The resort's Jerwood Gallery is on a three-strong shortlist, alongside venues in Folkestone, Kent, and Brighton that means the short list is FOUR ! Metro Reader
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4:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

Metro Reader wrote:
The resort's Jerwood Gallery is on a three-strong shortlist, alongside venues in Folkestone, Kent, and Brighton
that means the short list is FOUR !
No, it means Folkestone is in Kent. So it's Hastings, Folkestone or Brighton for the nude lensman.
[quote][p][bold]Metro Reader[/bold] wrote: The resort's Jerwood Gallery is on a three-strong shortlist, alongside venues in Folkestone, Kent, and Brighton that means the short list is FOUR ![/p][/quote]No, it means Folkestone is in Kent. So it's Hastings, Folkestone or Brighton for the nude lensman. sussexram40
  • Score: 5

5:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

jackthekipper says...

mostly middle aged geezers ,theres a surprise
mostly middle aged geezers ,theres a surprise jackthekipper
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Fri 17 Jan 14

John Fallon says...

Talk about scraping the bottom...
Talk about scraping the bottom... John Fallon
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

I didn't know about it. They should publicise these things so more people can go along to either take part or watch. Also, if they put the word out there might be more women taking part. People aren't going to be interested in seeing 20 bearded men in their 60s naked with just a handful of women - most of whom have flabby bums anyway.
I didn't know about it. They should publicise these things so more people can go along to either take part or watch. Also, if they put the word out there might be more women taking part. People aren't going to be interested in seeing 20 bearded men in their 60s naked with just a handful of women - most of whom have flabby bums anyway. sussexram40
  • Score: 2

8:59am Sat 18 Jan 14

qm says...

Goosebump convention :))
Goosebump convention :)) qm
  • Score: 1

1:53am Sun 19 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

sussexram40 wrote:
I didn't know about it. They should publicise these things so more people can go along to either take part or watch. Also, if they put the word out there might be more women taking part. People aren't going to be interested in seeing 20 bearded men in their 60s naked with just a handful of women - most of whom have flabby bums anyway.
Speak for yourself: some of us fantasise about that particular scenario. Add a couple of midgets dressed as Noddy and I'm in seventh heaven!
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: I didn't know about it. They should publicise these things so more people can go along to either take part or watch. Also, if they put the word out there might be more women taking part. People aren't going to be interested in seeing 20 bearded men in their 60s naked with just a handful of women - most of whom have flabby bums anyway.[/p][/quote]Speak for yourself: some of us fantasise about that particular scenario. Add a couple of midgets dressed as Noddy and I'm in seventh heaven! Roundbill
  • Score: 2

1:54am Sun 19 Jan 14

Roundbill says...

And, for good measure, a bath full of orange jelly - mmmmm...
And, for good measure, a bath full of orange jelly - mmmmm... Roundbill
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