The Buddy Open Space is a new shop concept showcasing the talents and creativity of refugees and all people seeking refuge and safety.

Located at 19 Grand Parade, St Leonards on Sea, the shop will be a centre for workshops, exhibitions, sharing knowledge, and sharing food and drink!

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 will also host a range of workshops and be available for hire for events and pop-up activities. The aim is to feature artists who are not usually able to show their work, but all enquiries about hiring the space are welcome.

OPEN is a collaborative space, working alongside the other businesses present onsite. Yard & Quarter, Hairdresser James Nash, and 55 Prints, a new screen-printing company, will continue to operate out of the space. There are three desks to hire to the rear of the property, two of which are currently available for hire.

For general enquiries you can contact our Café Manager Khadija via email on

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