Colonnade House is the home of local art in Worthing, showcasing work by painters, printmakers, sculptors and photographers.

Comprised of two gallery spaces, the exhibitions change regularly so there’s always something new to see. You can also come and chat  to the artists about their inspirations and processes, and you might even catch them making some new work.

Colonnade House also hosts networking events, talks and workshops for local creatives to connect, share skills and be inspired.

Our Story

One of Worthing’s most iconic architectural landmarks, Colonnade House is located in the heart of Worthing’s vibrant cafe quarter. Built in the early 1800s and opened as a library and post office, the building was partially destroyed by fire eighty years later and remodelled in the 1930s.

In 2014, the ‘Commit to Culture’ project was born following a successful application by Worthing Borough Council requesting Coastal Community funding to transform ‘Colonnade House’ into an Arts and Culture Hub.

The idea was to establish a Creative Hub right in the heart of Worthing town centre which would provide affordable workspaces for the Creative Community and offer a central focus for business support in an environment suitable for collaborative working. In 2016, Worthing Borough Council established a partnership with Adur & Worthing Trust to manage the project.

In 2017 Colonnade House accepted its first tenants and hosted its first exhibitions and events. Now Colonnade House is transformed into a unique creative workspace and hub that fosters cross-disciplinary inspiration and collaboration.

 

Vision

To stimulate the creative and digital sector in Worthing, making it visible, connected and recognised as a top location for artists and creative industries on the south coast.

 

Mission

  • To provide workspace and exhibition space that is affordable, digitally enabled and managed to a high standard
  • To support people working in the creative and digital sector by building a community through networking and sharing of skills and knowledge
  • To increase the visibility of the local creative sector through the range and quality of exhibitions and projects presented in the gallery
  • To add value in the local economy by supporting local businesses and contributing to the visitor economy.

Partners & Funders

 

Adur & Worthing Trust is an active partner in the Commit to Culture Partnership which encourages inclusive cultural activities, expanding opportunities to participate in the arts, raising the profile and reputation of Adur and Worthing for cultural excellence and innovation.

 

 

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.

 

Worthing Borough Council supports the creative sector by building on creative work space at Colonnade House as part of the Adur & Worthing Economic Strategy.

 

 

 

 

Colonnade House supports WAOH 2019 as a Community Partner and participates as a venue.

 

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