Colonnade House is the home of local art in Worthing, showcasing work by painters, printmakers, sculptors and photographers.
On the ground floor there are two gallery spaces, and on the upper three floors are ten studios available to rent to people working in the creative industries.
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.
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 followed by a successful application from Worthing Borough Council to the Coastal Community Fund to transform ‘Colonnade House’ into a Creative 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 2016 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.
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.
• 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
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
Colonnade House is delighted to be working with Men in Sheds Worthing, a collective who share their practical skills with us and whose community workshops help to combat loneliness and isolation.