A festive winter pop up

In collaboration with People’s Proud Picnic, and with support from Adur & Worthing Trust and The Rainbow Fund, in July, Colonnade House is hosting a week celebrating the creative LGBTQ+ community of Adur & Worthing.

The programme will include an Art Market & Exhibition, Networking, Creative Workshops, Artists Talks, Film Screenings & more!

If you would like to support the People’s Proud Picnic you can donate & support via their crowdfunder campaign here.

Helen Jane Campbell
Queer Creatives Exhibition Week Breakfast // Journaling For Creative Practitioners, with Helen Jane Campbell // 2 July // 9.15 – 10.30 // Free

Join accredited coach Helen Jane Campbell (she/her) who will guide you in this inclusive workshop, sharing journaling techniques for grounding and creativity. Journal together with other creative people within the LGBTQ+ community, and enjoy a herbal tea and light breakfast snacks.

Helen is a member of Proud Wellness and co-founded the first Hay Pride in 2022. She’s an accredited life coach and author of Founders Freelancers & Rebels.

This inclusive event is suitable for adults of all genders and members of the LGBTQ+ community are particularly welcome.

No journaling experience is necessary.

Herbal tea, kindly provided by Bird & Blend and light breakfast snacks provided by Colonnade House.

Book here.

 

A selection of honey, candles and other products from pollinator pioneers
Exhibition Opening & Networking // 2 July // 17.00 – 19.00 // Free

Join us in the gallery for the launch of the exhibition.

Come and meet the artists for the chance to network and hear all about the upcoming show and events that will be taking place throughout the week. 

No booking required & refreshments provided.

 

People's Proud Poetry Workshop
The People’s Proud Poetry Workshop // 3 July // 18.00 – 19.00 // Free

This poetry workshop is for any and all LGBTQIA+ folks who’d like to write poetry, be it for fun, for self expression and/or for protest.

Book here.

QUEENDOM
Film Screening: QUEENDOM // 4 July // 18.00 // £3 – £5

Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism – and put her life in danger. 

Find out all about QUEENDOM at our screening in the gallery.

Book your tickets here.

 

Writing for Performance
Writing for Performance with Savage Heart Theatre Company // 5 July // 10.15 – 11.30 // Free

Try your hand at writing a dramatic speech or scene, drawing inspiration from Worthing’s LGBTQ+ artists at Colonnade House!

We’ll use the Pride exhibition on display at the gallery as a springboard for creating characters, themes, and narratives. You can create autobiographical material or let your imagination run wild. This is a fun and supportive group workshop for people new to writing, or writers who’d like to explore playful ways of working. We’ll cover aspects of character, objectives, relationships, and basic theatrical structure, before diving into some writing. This workshop is for the LGBTQ+ Community and Allies.

The workshop will be led by playwright Rachel Mae Brady, who is currently in residence at Theatre 503, London and was on-attachment with Oxford Playhouse in 2019.

Book your tickets here.

 

Make a Flag!
Make a Flag! // 6 July // 11.00 – 13.30 // Free

In celebration of Worthing Pride Week we’ll be hosting a make a flag workshop. Drop in on Saturday to have a go at designing and making your own flag that you can take away with you. The workshop is free and all materials will be provided. 

No booking required – just drop in!

Alf Le Flohic: The Hotel Roger Dee
True Story Time: Gays Invade Angmering! // 7 July // 12.30 – 13.30 // Free

Are you sitting comfortably? In 1972 the Hotel Roger Dee opened in Angmering-on-Sea. Run by a 60s cabaret artiste and his boyfriend, they set about creating a fun safe place for gay guests to enjoy. It was one of the first explicitly gay hotels in the UK.

Come and hear their story, and of course the drama! They fought with Worthing Council and the English Tourist Board. After bricks through windows and fights in the bar, they put out an advert for the hotel (or was it a call to action): Gays Invade Angmering.

This story is one of three uncovered by all new research in the book: The Magic Farm and other queer tales. It is told by author Alf Le Flohic, through the voices of the people involved and those who knew them.

Book your free tickets here.

 

A selection of prints by John Bond
Artist Talk: Ladypat: Perhaps I Should Explain Myself // 7 July // 14.00 – 15.00 // Free

Sussex based artist, Ladypat, is on their way to Worthing to finally explain themself!

To round off our Queer Creatives week, join Ladypat to hear about their maverick ‘Queerodivergent’ arts career & reckless genre-hopping across technologies in an artist talk at Colonnade House, Worthing.

Find out all about Brighton Pride collaboration, exhibiting Fuzzy Felt pop art, 100 Music Videos, GIFS & Snapchat, Live Visuals, Mingland clothing line and more!

Book your free tickets here.

 

A selection of honey, candles and other products from pollinator pioneers
Bryony May (They/Them)

Bryony May will be exhibiting a series of LGBTQIA+ flag illustrations with written descriptions of their symbology.

A series of illustrations on the radical intersections of queer politics illustrating the overarching statement that “None of us are free until all of us are free.” a modern paraphrase of a quote by 19th century Jewish American activist and poet Emma Lazarus.

As well as a variety of jewellery made from resin and recycled materials such as bottle caps and sushi sachets.

Heidi Swigon (She/Her)

Heidi Swigon is an artist and creative workshop facilitator based in Worthing. Having studied Visual Culture at the University of Brighton, she enjoys forming new and unexpected meanings using found imagery. Collage is her preferred medium thanks to its association with Surrealism and Dadaism – art movements that embrace nonsense, irrationality and intuition.

IG @swigandweave

Bee house
SOLD

SOLD – Shoreham Opportunities for Learning Differences is a training hub based in the SOLD high street shop in Shoreham-by-Sea. 

They offer purposeful and meaningful work experiences to adults with learning differences in a realistic shop setting. Their aim is that the adults who train with them furnish themselves with a whole range of work related skills they can take onto future placements and ultimately achieve the goal of paid employment. 

All of their trainees have their own talents, which they love to support and help them grow their own skills in what they are passionate about. 

www.soldshop.org.uk

 

Queer as Folklore: LGBTQ+ Figures in Myth and Legend
Amelia Ace Armande (They/Them)

Poet and storyteller Amelia Ace Armande explores the character of Caeneus in this reading of their poem. Caeneus is a hero from Greek mythology who is granted a sex change following sexual assault from Poseidon. This poem explores how stories change depending on who tells them, and what that means for the narratives about queer and trans lives, so often spoken about by others.

IG: @theydyamelia

A selection of prints by John Bond
Jen Cleary (They/Them)

Jen, a queer photographer based in Worthing, works solely with 35mm analogue film, and tries to capture the essence of people and places with a unique lens. Their work focuses on the intersection of identity and environment, and the temporal nature of both queerness and climate.

They are particularly interested in how each influences and shapes the other across Sussex landscapes and communities. Through the subtle grain and rich texture of film, Jen creates evocative images that invite viewers into the history and unseen aspects of the world around us. Their photography is not just a record of what they see, but a reflection of their journey and perspective, offering a glimpse into diverse lives and spaces with authenticity and compassion.

IG: @jen_cleary_official

 

Lucy Rowan's woven pots
Mars Chicca (She/Her)

Inspired by outsider artists and those on the fringes of society, Mars channels difficult life experiences, mental illness, and questions about identity and sexuality into messy, chaotic drawings and collage.

A photograph of Sarah's textile work hanging on her studio wall
Skylar Mulholland (She/Her)

Skylar experiments with materials, both natural and manmade. Many found abandoned, and gathered whilst walking. Her work is an attempt to reveal the beauty to be found in decay and brokenness. Searching for ways to describe the fragility and the strength that lies within it. For although life leaves its permanent scars and visible marks, and tears at our very fabric; there is beauty to behold in those unique stains, scars, tears and at their core is robust strength.

IG: @mulholland_artist

Tangerine Landscape
Cassidie Alder (She/Her)

Cassidie uses her comprehensive training and skills in traditional wood carving to create new bespoke pieces – blending modern and classical forms, and enabling ancient craft to endure, and inspire new work.

www.traditional-woodcarving.co.uk

Keira Thomas
Keira Thomas (She/Her)

Following Keira’s ‘Out of the Artist’ exhibition in collaboration with Worthing Museum in 2023, which created space for local LGBTQIA+ artists to share their individual voice – Keira uses the written word to further explore the theme of ‘Voice’ through the depths and challenges of freedom of identity. 

Stained glass flowers by Ellie Bond
Alexandra Medwell (She/Her)

Alexandra Medwell is the general manager of The Airbrush Company, Lancing, which distributes top brands of airbrushes and hosts airbrush art classes.

www.airbrushes.com

The Magic Farm
Alf Le Flohic (He/Him)

Alf has just published a book of queer oral history called The Magic Farm and other queer tales. It tells the true tales of three LGBT+ spaces in the south-east created in the 1970s and 80s. Told through the words of the people involved and those that knew them, it includes some 40 images, half in full colour.

One of the stories is of a gay bar in the zoo in Bognor Regis, another concerns almost festival sized queer discos on a fruit farm in Kent.

The third tale is about the Hotel Roger Dee, one of the earliest explicitly gay hotels in the UK, which opened in Angmering-on-Sea in 1972. It was set up by a 60s cabaret artiste in a white catsuit and his boyfriend who was a dresser for Danny La Rue. Together they took on Worthing Council to make it clear they welcomed gay customers.

www.gayhistory.co.uk

Open Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 July // 10.00 – 17.00 & Sunday 7 July // 10.00 – 16.00