Do I have to pay?
No, it’s free to join. We may introduce a nominal fee to cover our admin costs but for now it’s completely free.
How do I enter my details on the Directory?
Go to the Directory page or use the button below to add your listing.

Create a Directory Listing

Have your biography text [100 words] and three images ready [File can be no bigger than 1MB, images must be 600 – 1200px wide and 400 – 800px high]

Fill in the relevant details, including captions for the photographs (these are visible when a cursor hovers over the image)

Agree to the Terms and Conditions and submit your listing.

You will receive an email saying that your listing is pending approval, and another email will follow to confirm that it is live.

How do I join the email list?
Click ‘sign up to the email list’ on our homepage – this sends an email to groups.io – you will then receive a note to say that you have requested to join, and you will need to confirm your email address. You will then receive a welcome email that will sound very much like this:


Welcome to the hastingscreatives@groups.io group at Groups.io, a free, easy-to-use email group service. Please take a moment to review this message.

To learn more about the hastingscreatives@groups.io group, please visit https://groups.io/g/hastingscreatives

To start sending messages to members of this group, simply send email to hastingscreatives@groups.io

If you do not wish to belong to hastingscreatives@groups.io, you may unsubscribe by sending an email to hastingscreatives+unsubscribe@groups.io

To see and modify all of your groups, go to https://groups.io


The hastingscreatives@groups.io Moderator

If you click the link to learn more, you will be taken to the main page for the group and can fiddle around with settings. For example, if you go to ‘Subscription’ (in the left hand menu column), you can choose if you receive individual messages, a full featured digest of up to 12 messages together as one email, a daily summary, or special notices.

Who moderates the email list and the directory?
The site and email list are moderated by Erica Smith, Caf Fean, and Jonathan Ingram.
Where is the email list hosted?
The list is hosted on groups.io which is a new group email platform designed by Mark Fletcher who created ONElist in 1998 (which became Yahoo Groups two years later) and then left to follow other ideas, and is now creating an up-to-date version. This is a self-funded platform and integrates well with other services like Dropbox, Instagram, etc.

They are testing the service and amending it all the time.

Can I promote my political party on Hastings Creatives?
No, we do not entertain political discourse here – only creative conversations are allowed.
Can I sell my mattress / kitchen sink / duvet / dog on Hastings Creatives?
No, we are not a sales platform. Please use other sites such as Next Door or Facebook for this.
What kinds of discussions take place in the email group?
We talk about events, activities, job opportunities, funding, skills needed, projects and studio spaces available for rent. (This is our one concession to sales, as it’s important to support the creative community by providing space for us to work, and letting others know about it).