“I predict an explosion of creativity in the arts and business sectors when the pent up energy held back by the pandemic is released – a cultural and economic renaissance.”

These are the words of Karen Simporis, Chair of Adur and Worthing Trust whose gaze is set firmly beyond lockdown and towards the wonderful, creative and life-affirming things that we are all looking forward to doing again.

Adur & Worthing Trust is the local charity behind Colonnade House and the successful partnership with Worthing Borough Council that has brought this creative hub to life. An important part of their work as a charity is to help get ideas and new creative businesses off the ground, and that’s where the Creative Commissions come in.

Running for the fourth time, the Creative Commissions launch this month and offer grants of between £300 and £700 to local creatives in Adur and Worthing who want to get a project off the ground.

Karen says, “We’re looking for new work that flags up the vibrant creative community we live in and we’ve made it a simple process.”

Last year the scheme had to be pulled due to Covid-19, and so this year it is back bigger and better and the trustees are looking forward to getting proposals for projects from across all areas of the arts.

As the exciting plans for the expansion of Colonnade House into a creative digital hub will soon be submitted for planning permission the Trust are also looking ahead to their continued role in the development and management of the hub. With that in mind, the Trust are actively looking for new trustees with experience, expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas:

Fundraising, Project development, Strategic thinking, Education for all ages and levels, Digital innovation and economy, Policy analysis, Marketing, Financial planning and analysis, Legal, and all areas of the arts and heritage.

For an informal discussion or expressions of interest please contact: k.simporis1@ntlworld.com

About the Trust:

Adur & Worthing Trust was formed in 2015 and is a registered charity and Company Limited by Guarantee.

The Trust aims to stimulate the economy, employment, regeneration and infrastructure in the local creative and digital sector both physically and virtually. It actively supports Adur & Worthing Councils strategy A Commitment to Culture by encouraging inclusive cultural activities, expanding opportunities to participate in the arts and raising the profile and reputation of Adur and Worthing for cultural excellence and innovation.