Creative Commissions 2023

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

The Creative Commissions 2023 grants programme launches this week with an exhibition at Colonnade House and a live introduction to the scheme from Karen Simporis, Chair of Adur & Worthing Trust.

You can apply for grants of between £500 and £1000 for your project. Final decisions about awards will be made on the basis of the criteria here and also in the judges’ view the best use of our limited funds.

Take a look at the projects that were funded by Adur & Worthing Trust in the last round of Creative Commissions in 2022 – the exhibition at Colonnade House will be on view from 24 January – 4 February. 

Adur & Worthing Trust hope to support at least ten creative projects in Adur & Worthing in 2023. To be able to apply you must be based in Adur or Worthing and your creative project must be shared with the public in some way. Find out more about the application process by joining the launch, or visiting the exhibition.

Worthing Festival 2023

Worthing Festival Award

The Adur & Worthing Trust are interested in supporting the inaugural Worthing Festival. In 2023, the Trust has set aside £500 – £1000 for a new project, to take place at Colonnade House. The project must meet the criteria and take place during Worthing Festival 2023. The Festival takes place 10 – 18 June 2023. 

The Worthing Festival Award includes a waived hire charge of both gallery spaces. Successful applicants must provide Public Liability Insurance (up to £5m) and sign a hire agreement but we are happy to meet and explain any aspect of the hire. Must be available for install on 12 June & de-install on 19 June.

Full details of the hire process can be found in our Hirers Guide.

Creative Commissions 2023 Virtual Launch

Online Launch and Q&A24 January // 16.00 – 17.00

Please book via Eventbrite and we will send you the meeting link. 

Please note, this meeting will be recorded (with options for participants to be anonymous)

Book here.

Creative Commissions 2023 Colonnade House Launch

In-person Launch at Colonnade House24 January // 18.00 – 19.30

Join our first launch in Worthing as we celebrate the nine projects completed in 2022 and find out about how to apply in 2023. Please book via Eventbrite.

Book here.

Creative Commissions 2023 Fabric Launch

In-person Launch at Freedom Works – FABRIC, Lancing –  30 January // 18.00 – 19.30

Join us to celebrate the nine projects completed in 2022 and find out about how to apply in 2023. Please book via Eventbrite.

Book here.

1-to-1 Support26 & 27 January (Mornings Only) 

If you would like additional support for your application, please contact to book a session.

If you would like to request an alternative application format because of a disability or digital access requirements please email to arrange an alternative way of making a submission of interest via phone, post or video application.

For an informal chat about your application please contact Karen Simporis, Chair of The Adur & Worthing Trust, by email

Applications open on 24 January 2023.

Submit your application by email to

Or post it to Richard Manders, Colonnade House, 47 Warwick Street, Worthing, BN11 3DH

If you are applying in an alternative format please check with about the most suitable way to submit your application.

The Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions scheme is actively looking to support and align with individuals who are, and organisations who represent: LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people living with disabilities and people on low incomes.

Deadline for submissions is midnight 5 March 2023. Applicants will be notified of the outcome w/c 13 March 2023.