Having spent 12 succesful months at 19 Grand Parade, St Leonards one Sea, we are now seeking a new premises. A social space where we can continue to offer support to people seeking refuge across Hastings and beyond.

In the meantime, we have moved many of activities online and are hosting regular events and meet-ups.

Please see our Events Calendar for details.


OPEN, at 19 Grand Parade, launched on 13th June as a community-run creative café and exhibition space with ‘From Hastings, With Love’, for which Grainger has taken portraits of families who have arrived in the area as part of the Syrian Resettlement Project, alongside their Buddies – the local volunteers who, as part of the Hastings & Rother Refugee Buddy Project, have been welcoming them to their new homes over the past 18 months.

Alongside the exhibition space and community café, OPEN also hosted a range of workshops and be available for hire for events and pop-up activities. The aim was to feature artists who are not usually able to show their work, but all enquiries about hiring the space are welcome.

For general enquiries you can contact our Café Manager Khadija via email on khadija@therefugeebuddyproject.org

If you would like to book an event or workshop please click here to complete our Booking Form.