Poles are on track in town

LARGE portraits hanging from the ceiling in Eastbourne Railway Station are part of a project about members of the town's Polish community.

The 20 photographs of Polish people are part of Eastbourne Festival and the project is called Polska by the Sea.

Award-winning photographer Lisa Barnard has snapped the individuals and Mark Hewitt, artistic director of Lewes Live Literature, has been talking to Eastbourne Poles and compiling their stories.

Parts of Mark's interviews are available on a series of free postcards available in the station.

Miriam Miklaszewska from Polskie Eastbourne, which was involved in the project, said, "Seeing this installation has made me feel sentimental, funnily enough not about Poland, but about what a great place Eastbourne is to be.

"That is thanks to all the people of Eastbourne who have made me feel so welcome and happy here."

The project will be on display in the station until April 26.

For more information about events for Eastbourne's Polish community visit www.lewes livelit.co.uk or www.polskieeast bourne.org.uk.

• Eastbourne artists are also holding Open Houses as part of the Eastbourne Festival.

Full details are available from the Festival programme, from the Big Sleep Hotel, or see www.eastbournefestival.co.uk

Events include:

Elda Abramson, at 12 West Terrace, on April 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 11am-5pm;

John and Helen Warren, 49 Prideaux Road, on April 18 and 19 from 11-5pm;

Eastbourne White House, April 18-19 and 25-26, from 11am-5pm – there will be artwork by 12-year-old Rowan Fitzgerald on show, as well as other well-known local artists;

Art @ da Vinci Hotel, 9-10 Howard Square, with artists including Mary Beaney, Ben Ecclestone and Kate Sayers, April 18-19 and 25-26, from 11am-5pm.