“Capturing local stories and elevating them to an art installation”

With funding from the Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions scheme, local award winning ceramic artist Alice Mara is bringing miniature ceramic replicas of iconic Lancing buildings to Brooklands Park this summer with ‘Lancing Story Buildings’.

The ‘Lancing Story Buildings’ project captures local stories and elevates them to an art piece which will be displayed in various locations around the park. The sculptures are viewable all summer long from 4 August.

During lockdown, Alice collected stories from Lancing residents, with the result being a recognisable, tangible and durable set of ceramic buildings that represent local Lancing residents and their experience of life in Lancing.


Alice says; “I hope that the little buildings that I create will really resonate with the Lancing public.”

The buildings included are;

– Luxor Cinema

– Lancing Sailing Club

– The Empire Club

– Goring House (was Yew Tree Farm House)

The locations for the miniature buildings will be marked out on an online map which will be viewable on the Colonnade House website during the project.

Alice will formally launch ‘Lancing Buildings Stories’ on 4 August at 17.00 in the car park next to the Bird Box Café. This will include a  ‘Walk & Talk’ with the artist to find about her creative process and inspiration for the project, and this will be repeated on September 4 from 13.00 – 14.00.

About Alice Mara

Alice Mara is a ceramic artist with over twenty years’ experience and is widely acclaimed for her skilled craftsmanship and innovative designs. She is confident and ambitious in her work and has won industry awards including the Ella Doran Award for Best New Designer, the Queensbury Hunt Award for innovative use of ceramics, and the Royal Academy of Scottish Art Award for Best Female Sculptor.

About Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions

In 2021, the Adur & Worthing Trust offered grants of £300 – £700 to residents living in Adur & Worthing to produce a new piece of work in any artform – visual arts, performance, music, film, photography, dance, digital, literature, craft and more.

Nine local arts projects received funding from the grant scheme this year. The projects will take place throughout 2021 and include a 24-hour novel writing event, a soundtrack for Worthing seafront streamed via a location-based app and mini-installations that celebrate the work of carers.