There’s no such thing as a silly question…

Do I have to pay?
No, it’s free to join. In the future we may introduce a nominal fee to cover our admin costs, but for now it’s completely free. In the meantime we do accept donations, but only if your current financial situation allows it.
Can I make a donation?
Yes of course. Hastings Creatives is awesome for lots of people, but we need amazing people like you to help keep it available for everyone in the community. A small donation is all it needs to help keep the servers ticking, thanks.


Please only make a donation if your current financial situation allows it.

If you want to help in ways that doesn’t involve your bank account, then getting the message out there is a huge help too! There are many creative individuals in the local area who still don’t know about Hastings Creatives, so we need awesome people like yourself to help spread the word!

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 – 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 group at, a free, easy-to-use email group service. Please take a moment to review this message.

To learn more about the group, please visit

To start sending messages to members of this group, simply send email to

If you do not wish to belong to, you may unsubscribe by sending an email to

To see and modify all of your groups, go to


The 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 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).