As part of an ongoing series that aims to connect growing business and individuals in Worthing, each year Colonnade House hosts several Professional Development Weeks that encompass a variety of events designed to share and build skills. This May, Colonnade House is collaborating with local businesses to host a range of informative and engaging digital session that aim to provoke conversation and advance creative careers.

Some events are free of charge but please follow the links for more information and tickets.

Monday 11/05/20


Sol Design Collective: Bringing the world to your work; a guide to marketing arts & crafts

19.00 – 21.00 // £15

Sol Design Collective is a community of more than 1000 artists and makers, and have been running face to face and online workshops for more than 2 years helping hundreds of artists take action, amplify their presence and move their practice forward. This Zoom workshop is for artists, makers and creators who are looking for ways to increase the visibility of their creative practice. With a focus on how to present your work, and templates to help you plan and save time, this is a must for any creatives who are looking to sell their work.

Marketing, Social Media and Press for Small Creative Businesses

An Online Workshop with Anne-Marie Shepherd

19.00 – 21.00 // £15


Anne-Marie has worked in the arts industry for over 16 years and understands how important it is for creative businesses to get themselves in front of the right audience – whether that be via editorial, emails, print, online or social media.

In this Zoom workshop, she will be sharing her knowledge of marketing and how you can make the most of the different marketing platforms to get your message across, so if you are wondering how to prepare your business for a return to the new world, this is for you.

DRIVA arts DRIVA: Data, disease and innovation – what are we learning?

14.00 – 15.15 // DRIVA arts DRIVA website

WEBINAR: This response to this global pandemic is driven by data. But how do we innovate and what are we learning? 

Joined by guests Dr Sam Knowles from the University of Brighton and Paul Brewer, Director for Digital & Resources at Adur & Worthing Councils.


Wednesday 13/05/20

Instagram for Complete Beginners session with Colonnade House: Instagram zero to hero!

View on Youtube // Premiere at 16.00

Digital and social media skills are now needed more than ever. It’s time to transform you from an Instagram zero to hero!

As part of Colonnade House’s Professional Development Week, we have put together an easy to follow film on how to get kick started in the Instagram world – filled with all sorts of tips and tricks to get you social media savvy, so you can promote your artwork or creative business.

This session is aimed for absolute beginners so we will run through simple steps on how to get your Instagram started from scratch.

Our video will premiere at 16.00 on 13/05/2020 on our Youtube channel. Be sure to join in then as there will be a live chat where you can ask questions.

Friday 15/05/20

Live Q & A with One Bum Cinema Club and special guests Laurie Rowan & Persistent Peril

View on Youtube // Premiere at 20.00

One Bum might be the world’s smallest cinema but it has big plans and an impressive line-up of animation talent to share. This Worthing venture has been growing fast at a time when animation is just getting more and more exciting. Join Colonnade House with Matt and Paulie for this live Youtube Q&A to talk about all things animated featuring special guests Laurie Rowan and Persistent Peril.


We will be taking questions during the interviews but to make sure your burning question is asked please at 

Other creative events and opportunities:

#ShakeItHUB Free 1-2-1 Zoom sessions.

Get help with websites, PR, WordPress, design, marketing, SEO and social media. They are open to all. Simply get in touch with us to book a slot. Email:

Inspired: Draw a Dog! 🎉COMPETITION TIME🎉

Hello everyone, how are you doing? We hope you’re not going too stir crazy and you and yours are safe and well!

Now…. you know how much we LOVE our four legged friends at Inspired, and we really miss the shop and the dogs that visit every day! So we thought we’d have a bit of fun… we invite you guys, BOTH YOUNG AND OLD, any ability, to DRAW A DOG from our DOG WATCH STORIES… when we reopen we’ll display our favourites in the window  and shop dog Morse has said she’ll pick her favourite kids picture and they will win a little prize!!! .

Please make sure the pictures are no bigger than A4, that way we can fit lots in the window!

The picture can be in any style or medium!  It could be 3D… maybe a use for all those loo rolls 😂… collage, drawing, painting, linocut, appliqué… the worlds your oyster!! .

DM or email your pictures and use the hashtags  #inspireddrawadog and tag @inspired_worthing so we can put them on our stories straight away! We’ll get you to bring your drawings to the shop once we reopen… when that is, who knows 🤷‍♀️


Drink & Draw: The Daily Draw

 Join on with local artists Nicky Bell and Shona Macdonald’s daily drink and draw challenge! The theme is announced daily on their Instagram and Facebook pages at 6:30pm.


Dad la Soul: Virtual Playdate

Saturday 11-1 pm // 2, 16, 23, 30 May & 13, 20, 27, June

Last Saturday we hosted the first Dad La Soul Virtual playdate saw 22 dads and 25 kids from across the UK, France and Spain spending two hours together on Zoom.

We had Lego challenges, families in different countries got to play together, we made the dads dress up in their most embarrassing clothes and did some graffiti/drawing. We also shared private conversations and stories of what it is like to live with Autism.  

Most importantly we had a quiz and a scavenger hunt that included some of the difficult questions of the day like ”How many loo rolls, have your parents stockpiled’?…

Why not join in at home? 

It’s completely FREE!    

More information and tickets are here.

Watch this space for more information!