HiFest will host a weekend full of fun, family-friendly workshops and interactive events to participate in – led by a number of leading illustration professionals.

(Saturday 1st December at Hi-Store)

Sit, chill and colour in this year’s HiFest mascot Quincy Bear! Fun for all the family. Three designs to choose from.
Kindly sponsored by Tombow Pens.

(Sunday 2nd December at Hi-Store)

Throughout the day, call into Alphabetown to draw or write your town suggestions on a postcard for the town noticeboard. Sarah will be there drawing and adding to the exhibition too – come and see the artist at work!

Create your own 3d bird, animal or insect using coloured paper and crayons. Learn how to make your creatures stand up, and then use this technique to make more at home! This workshop is inspired by one of the activities in Sarah’s new book, ‘My RSPB Nature Craft Box’ (Walker Books).

(Sunday 2nd December at The Printworks)

Little Mashers invite you to personalise and screen print your own work of art onto a t-shirt or canvas. Come along and create your own masterpiece. £10 inc all materials.

(Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December at The Printworks)

Get yourself a beautiful, bespoke, on-the-spot ink portrait by the excellent Benjamin Phillips. There are a limited amount of slots available so to avoid disappointment, please book in advance by emailing benjyphillips@gmail.com.

(Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December at The Printworks)
The awesome Print Wagon (Aidan Saunders) is rolling back into to Hastings to offer his unique, freshly pressed linocuts! The first 25 visitors to the Print Wagon stall will receive a FREE special Hastings-themed print.

(November 16th – December 2nd at Hi-Store)

Illustrator Sarah Edmonds is creating a town – come and help her build it! During this lively interactive exhibition, Hi-Store will be transformed into an imaginative Information Centre. Visit and find out more about this work in progress town – see its landmarks, meet the locals
and add your own suggestions to the noticeboard.

Alphabetown is an ongoing project, with a building, location or character for each letter. So far the town has popped up in Worthing, Oxford and Brighton and as it travels around it picks up inspiration from its host neighbourhood. Expect net huts, curious markets, cosy cafes and gigantic clouds in the Hastings edition!

Visitors are encouraged to become architects as well as tourists and add their own points of interest to the growing town. What places or spaces would you build if you could invent or improve a town? You are invited to share the best bits of memorable towns, places you’ve called home and the community that surrounds you. To spark ideas, you can leaf through a selection of previous suggestions.

This interactive exhibition is a journey into Sarah’s colourful mind, with building blocks to play with, postcards to send and workshops to take part in. Put on your hard hat and let your imagination run riot! Suitable for all ages.