Professional Development September 2023

As part of an ongoing series that aims to help you develop your creative business, each year Colonnade House hosts several Professional Development Weeks that encompass a variety of events designed to share and build skills.

This January, Colonnade House is hosting a range of informative and engaging sessions that aim to provoke conversation and advance creative careers.

See all of our events, talks & sessions below;


Jack Latham at Colonnade House 2018

Get ready for your exhibition

Monday 15 January 2024 // 13.30 – 14.30 & 17.30 – 18.30 // Free

Are you planning an exhibition at Colonnade House or at other venues around Worthing? 

The team will run through our checklist on how to get ready for your next exhibition. Whether you’ve exhibited before or it’s your very first time; this session will take you through the steps on how to plan, curate, promote & evaluate your exhibition.

This session is open for everyone in Adur & Worthing.

Book your free space on the morning session here & the evening session here.

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Funding Surgery for Creatives in Adur & Worthing

16 January 2024 // 10.30 – 12.00 // Free

Join local investment officer Sam Gritt from Adur & Worthing Councils, for a guided tour through local grant funding that can be accessed by creative businesses, arts organisations and artists. Including how to get the best out of the free Grants Online resource and tips on what makes a good funding bid.

Spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

You can book your place here.

Arts Council England

How to Apply for Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants

16 January 2024 // 13.30 – 15.00 // Free

Want to learn more about National Lottery Project Grants? How can you apply to Arts Council England? 

Musicians, playwrights, sculptors, dancers, project coordinators and for any individuals & community organisations developing arts and cultural projects. Join this introductory session with staff from Arts Council England at Colonnade House, Worthing.

Book your free place here.

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Creative Commissions 2024

Launches on 16 January 2024

The Adur & Worthing Trust are excited to announce the launch of the next round of Creative Commissions small grant funding, with grants of £500 – £1000 up for grabs. The Trust wants to commission more works of art – these could be in any shape or form, for example a painting, a comedy performance, a community participation dance project, a piece of new music, a film, a literary work or a new exciting event. The Trust funded ten exciting projects in 2023 and are inviting applications from across Adur & Worthing.

Applications open on 16 January, with a virtual & in-person launch at Colonnade House, featuring live Q&A with the Chair of the Trust. 

Book onto a free launch event here.

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Tax & self-employment for creatives with Carpenter Box

Wednesday 17 January 2024 // 11.00 – 12.30 // Free 

Running a creative business or thinking of setting one up?

It’s time to start thinking about your tax return. With the deadline of 31st of January looming, join Lisa Neale from Carpenter Box as she goes over everything you need to know about tax and self employment for creatives in this free session.

You can expect to hear about;

– Relevant deadlines

– Types of expenses that can be claimed

– Record keeping

– Available allowances

– Making tax digital

Book your free space here.

Owen Davey: Lord of the Halflings

Portfolio Chats for local Illustrators

Wednesday 17 January 2024 // 13.00 – 17.00 // Free 

Initiated by local illustrator Owen Davey, his virtual portfolio chats have matched illustrators from around the world with mentors, with the aim being to encourage diversity in the sector. These sessions are for people from marginalised and oppressed backgrounds. If you are working, studying or a budding illustrator working in any field – bring your portfolio and sign up for a free 1 to 1 portfolio chat.

Each FREE half-hour chat is a one-to-one conversation with somebody in the industry. Talk through your portfolio, get advice on professional practice or chat through some ideas.

Please look at each mentor’s bio to understand each person’s knowledge and experience level and ensure they are right for you to chat with. Find out who will be joining Owen here.

As part of our January series of Develop, sign up to this dedicated Preparing for Worthing Festival 2024 day. Hear from the Festival Team about organising and planning your event, tips on creating your website listing, marketing and promoting your event, as well as a chance to ask questions and network with other organisers and venues. 

Don’t forget to bring your pen & paper.

Book your places here.

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How to run a successful event in Worthing

Thursday 18 January 2024 // 10.30 – 12.00 // Free 

Looking for top tips on how to plan, promote & run events in Worthing?

Adur & Worthing Council Events Team are dropping into Colonnade House to host this engaging talk with Q&A on how to get your next big event up & running.

Book onto the session here.

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Get ready for Worthing Festival 

Thursday 18 January 2024 // 13.00 – 14.00 // This is now a single session.

Thinking of getting involved in this year’s Festival, either as an event organiser or a prospective venue? Find out about how you can get involved in 2024. 

The Time for Worthing Team will be on hand to talk through how to register an event or a venue and will guide you through the resources and support which are available, as well as ideas on how to promote your event.

This will include an opportunity to ask questions.

Book tickets here.


Worthing Festival Networking

Thursday 18 January 2024 // 17.30 – 19.30 // Free

If you are looking to get involved in the Worthing Festival, join us at Colonnade House for an informal get-together to meet other local creatives, businesses & venues.

For those unable to attend the workshops earlier in the day, there will be a brief overview of the sessions with links to resources. 

Chat to the Worthing Festival Team, including the music coordination volunteers (new for 2024).

This is a free event with refreshments.

Book tickets here.

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Marketing, Branding & Social Media with Gary Martin

Friday 19 January 2024 // 14.00 – 15.00 // Free 

Join Colonnade House Studio Member Gary Martin as he talks through his tips & tricks of creative marketing for your business. Gary has been a creative director at some of the best-known advertising agencies in Britain as well as in-house European creative director for both TK Maxx and SKy.

He’ll take you through simple marketing 101, from how you describe yourself to your consumers to the best way to use organic social media to sell your product or service.

Book your free ticket here!

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Creative Talks!

Saturday 20 January 2024 // 11.30 – 15.00 // Free 

Got something you want to say? Studio Members at Colonnade House are hosting ‘Creative Talks’. Whether you’ve spoken in public many times or up for giving it a go – each speaker has 15 minutes to talk about their projects, practice & process.

Come along and talk about all things creative.

Here’s the first of our speakers;

Gary Martin, Sarah TrowsdaleLucy Rowan

Get in touch to join our schedule – and get talking!

If you do not want to talk, you are welcome to join, listen & ask questions to our speakers. You can book your place here.