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DATES FOR  february 2023


11 AM TO 1 PM 2023

Join Karen Arthur in the Afri-Lab as she leads day #27 of the January Challenge hosted by 64 Million Artists 

The January Challenge is 31 days of quick, free and accessible creative challenges designed by different people across the UK - one for each day of January.

Sign up to the January Challenge for free here 


Afri-Co-Lab regular Karen Arthur has designed the challenge on day 27!

Join Karen and 64 Million Artists this Friday at Afri-co-lab to celebrate the stories behind the fabric and clothes we wear - Expect conversation, creative exercises and a whole lot of fun. Her challenge (without giving too much away!) is inspired by Karen’s philosophy of life - to ‘wear your happy!’.

This is a free event book your space below


8.15 AM TO 7 PM


FREEDOM BUS: Warrior Square to Africa Fashion

All aboard the BLACK 2 HASTINGS Freedom Bus to the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Afri-Co-Lab invites Black and People of Colour folks and their families in St Leonards, Rother & Hastings on a community road trip to the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum).


We invite you to enjoy the freedom and confidence of feeling comfy and welcomed in YOUR national institution!

This is a free event, book your space here

BLACK 2 HASTINGS Community Trip


Collage & Chill

It does exactly what it says on the tin! Join us for an eve of creative reflection through the art of collage. Using magazines, fabrics, wallpaper, banana leaf and whatever paper-like materials we can find. Cut and combine images and textures to reflect the world as you feel it.

The last Thursday of the month.  7pm-9pm

£10/£5 Concessions

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Mondays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm & 7 pm to 8 pm

Dance class for all abilities, advance booking recommended. Get your joy on with movement director and choreographer Darragh O’Leary. Pop routines to sweat and laugh too. 

Mon 6th March 5.30 pm & 7pm
Mon 13th March 5.30 pm & 7pm
Mon 20th March 5.30 pm &7 pm
Mon 27th March 5.30 pm  & 7pm
Mon 3rd April 5.30 pm & 7pm 

£10/£5 Concessions*
4 Class Saver Bundle £32



Sunday 9th Oct 4:30-6:30pm

Collage & Chill: Playing the Race Card Edition!

A picture is worth 1000 words.  What words will your artwork produce?

What does Playing The Race Card mean to you?

Let’s piece together the answers through discussion, games, and experimentation in art. 

This workshop is for Black and People of Colour aged 14-18. The workshop is free, drinks and snacks are included


Good Stuff In St Leo's

Wednesday 5th October 7pm-9pm
Thursday 27th October 11am-2pm

UpCycle Your Life free creative workshops with Good Stuff In St Leo's

Team Afri-Co-Lab invites you UpCycle Your Life using a traditional Ugandan material - Bark Cloth

This ancient fabric has been around for over a thousand years and yes it is made from a tree!

Come discover, play and weave yourself something new using something borrowed and ancient too!

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Friday 23rd September

 @whatsarahreadnext in conversation with award winning author Kate Sawyer. 

"The Stranding is a story about the hope that can remain even when the world is changed beyond recognition. "

Join Sarah from @WhatSarahReadNext in conversation with The Stranding author Kate Sawyer about her amazing debut novel.

Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa First Novel Award & Winner of the East Anglian Award for Fiction 2021. 

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Breathe | Play | Laugh

August 27th 1pm-6pm

An afternoon of imaginative play:a radical act of community care for Black & People of Colour  who are artists, creatives, community organisers and facilitators.

Join us for an afternoon of relationship building, guided breath & body work and image making exercises, all curated to offer a space to breathe, dream and open your imagination as a radical act of community care for Black & People of Colour who are artists, creatives, community organisers and facilitators. There are no expectations, no specific outcomes, no specific experience or practices needed- just intentionally held space for you to explore. We’ll do the planning, holding, organising all you need to do is book and we will take care of the rest.

There will be drinks and snacks available throughout the session and a sharing of food from 5pm


11th June 2022 10am - 10pm

Twelve hours, eight sitters, one venue! The number of pictures produced? Well, that’s up to you!


Whether you're an artistic newbie, an old master, or a free spirit, come and draw your heart out in the comfort of your local creativity lab and raise funds for The Refugee Buddy Project and Hastings Supports Refugee Community Group in our Life Drawathon..

£10 £5 Concessions available

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Hastings Last Thursday


Nature stops for no one.

Like the millisecond between an inhale and an exhale.

An Audio Piece, A Theatrical Experience, A Community Creation

Click below to find out more about this project.

Afri-Co-Lab is a community interest company based in
St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex, headed up by fashion designer makers Anna & Lilly.

Combining their Ugandan cultural heritage, British seaside home and sustainability to create workshops, educational programmes, creative events and artistic interventions for seasoned and newbie creatives alike!


Hattie Spice shop front takeover. January 2021


facilitating creative exploration.

Past Projects

discovering your inner maker.


Making Things Happen





Never too young to create.      




  Uganglish Style.        

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