My Cool Sixties exhibition to open in Hailsham

Jenny West, Barry Norman and Felicity Price Smith
Jenny West, Barry Norman and Felicity Price Smith

A FANTASTIC COLLECTION of photos and paintings called ‘My Cool Sixties’, depicting the dazzling 1960s decade, is being shown for the public to enjoy at Gallery North in Hailsham.

The exhibition previews Tony Norman’s new autobiography, ‘My Cool Sixties - Lennon, Jagger & The Rest’ being published by Steampacket Publishing this April.

Jenny West, director of Gallery North, said the exhibition appealed to her as it was connected to a book launch.

She added: “The gallery is here to present different aspects of the arts and this event combines the work of a talented writer with photographs and paintings from artists who were part of the London scene at that time.

“We are delighted to be hosting it.’

Photographers Barry Norman, Chris Walter and Dave Kindred recorded history as it happened.

Many of the stunning 60s photos have never been shown before, according to the exhibitors.

Stars on view include John and Yoko Lennon, The Who, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, Kinks, Donovan, Walker Brothers, Eric Burdon, plus Cathy McGowan of TV’s Ready Steady Go! and Tony Blackburn of Radio Caroline. My Cool Sixties artists exhibiting include Graham Binks, Brian Dunford and Tony Spencer, who exhibited with David Hockney and Peter Blake in London.

Mr Binks said: “These days art tends to be pigeonholed into specific areas.

“Back in the Sixties, photography, art, music, books were all just one thing happening together.Whatever field you were expressing yourself in, it didn’t matter,everything worked as one.

“That’s the feeling I’m getting from this new exhibition. It’s like we’ve been in a Time Machine.”

Tony Norman said music was another aspect and he has recorded six original songs, inspired by the 60s subject, which will be playing at the gallery.

‘My Cool Sixties’ exhibition is showing 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, at Gallery North in Hailsham High Street from February 22 until March 16. Entrance is free-of-charge.