Nine local arts projects have received funding from the Creative Commissions grant scheme run by Adur & Worthing Trust. 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.

Now in its fourth round of grant-making, this year’s Creative Commissions attracted the highest number of applications yet. Karen Simporis, Chair of Adur & Worthing Trust said:

“We were thrilled to have so many high quality applications! They demonstrate that the pent up creative energy in our area can’t wait to be set free!”

The aim of the Creative Commissions is to highlight the diversity of talent that exists in Adur and Worthing, to support innovative ideas that the public can enjoy and to support locally based creatives including people who haven’t received funding before. 

In making the final decisions the Trust considered the range of art forms and locations of the projects as well as the opportunities for the public to enjoy and participate in the work. An additional consideration this year was for projects that would be achievable within Covid restrictions.

This year an additional award was made available by the Sunny Worthing Arts Group – SWAG – which has brought it activities to a close and donated its remaining funds to the Trust. The project that has been given the SWAG award is Joe Bunn’s 24 Hour Novel project.

The full list of projects to look forward to this year is:


Dan Flanagan / DadLaSoul

“Maybe I’m just like my father” – a 5 part audio series that will explore the relationship between artists and their fathers and its effects on their creative outputs. Episodes will be released during the year.


Kate Sollohub

“Immersed” – a project about cold water swimming and wellbeing. Kate will be photographing, painting watercolour studies, and recording conversations with at least 66 sea swimmers in Shoreham between March and August. 


Graham Luckhurst 

A location-based music walk from East to West Worthing along the seafront featuring a bespoke soundtrack by Greymatter/GOLDSLANG and available on the GetLemonade app. Available from June. 


Wild Gathering

“Land and Light” – a series of four events for groups of individuals from the local community to celebrate the solstice on 21 June by creating ephemeral land art that over time will return to the land.


Alice Mara

“The Lancing Story Buildings” – miniature ceramic versions of local buildings that have a story to tell installed from June – September at Brooklands plus film and audio on Instagram.


Tana and Lee Jackson

“Tanka sketches of Adur and Worthing” – Tanka poems about the wildlife, scenery and the people who live in the Adur and Worthing will be installed on the West Shelter on Worthing seafront during August and September. 


Joe Bunn

“The 24 Hour Novel” – the self-styled Bard of Worthing challenges the local writing community to complete a novel in 24 hours with a marathon event at Colonnade House on 2-3 October.


Creative Waves

“10 Years of Creative Energy Waves” – free creative workshops at Colonnade House 5-10 October for the public to help create a growing ‘Wave’ themed collection of artwork as part of this 10-year anniversary exhibition


Slavka Jovanovic

“Angels All Around” – launching on Carers’ Rights Day 26 November, twenty four 3D “icons” will be created in workshops with carers and be installed in an online gallery and locations around Worthing in the run-up to Christmas