Space to Make is a project to test the concept of a makerspace for Worthing.

Space to Make will run from 18 – 30 January 2020 and will give people a chance to try out digital tech, to find out what people are making and doing with it, to share ideas and promote collaboration.

Colonnade House is expanding in the next two years into a creative digital hub with ultrafast broadband connection and more space for people who work in the creative industries. Since opening in 2016, Worthing’s creative community has made great use of their creative hub – whether as a place to work, a place to exhibit, a place to network with others or a place to develop skills and knowledge.

We are excited about the opportunity to do more in a new building, and in particular to explore the potential benefits that a makerspace could bring to this community.

Space to Make is a programme of events and activity by and for people in Worthing – from the perspectives of the public, professionals and the community. Through this we are testing the idea of a makerspace: what do people want to make? what kinds of equipment should it have? how can it be made accessible? what kinds of benefits could it bring?

To test this out, we are working with community organisations and creative industry professionals and partnering with Tech Resort who will be facilitating some of the activities, skilling us up, and providing their technical expertise and equipment.

By the end of this project, we will have evidence of demand for a makerspace, and will have opened up dialogue with organisations and individuals across Worthing about what it could look like – and how we can make it happen!

‘Work in Progress’ sessions

We have been working with creatives based at Colonnade House and with people working with digital tech in the wider community in Worthing. They have been expanding their skills and they will be sharing some of their projects at practical open ‘Work in Progress’ sessions at Colonnade House including:


Monday 20 January // 13:30 – 17:30 – POSTPONED

Ginny plays with a Photon to turn a light on. Ginny is a director of Persistent Peril, an animation studio based at Colonnade House and the Photon is a tiny Wi-Fi IoT device for creating connected projects and products for the Internet of Things. Visit this Work in Progress session to find out more.

Monday 20 January // 17:45 – 19:00

Sam from Transition Town Worthing explores how they can use micro controllers to create responsive automatic irrigation systems, for people growing their own veg, or looking for a way to keep their house plants alive while away from home!

Wednesday 22 & Tuesday 28 January // 14.00 – 17.00  

Sussex Printmakers exploring how a laser cutter can be used as a tool for printmaking.

Thursday 23 January // 10.00 – 13.00

Martin from Freedom Power Chairs explores how they can make adaptations to mobility aids using coding and electronics and in this session will be making proximity sensors for power chairs.

Thursday 23 January // 19.00 – 21.00

WorthingDigital is a local meet-up group for anyone with an interest in technology and digital culture. Founded in 2012, we meet once a month for a social and host regular free talks and activities throughout the year. In this open session we will be reviewing our activities in 2019 and making plans for 2020. This session is open to anyone. Come along and help shape the future of Worthing Digital in 2020.

Join the event here.

Monday 27 January // 15.00 – 17.00 & 18.00 – 20.00 (Two part session) – POSTPONED

Adam, videographer and creative event producer, from As Described taking up the challenge as an artist and non-coder of building an AI object-recognition system. Adam explores the potential of machine learning object recognition on Raspberry Pi. Building on the popular Geminate project he is teaching the Raspberry Pi to recognise objects in order to transform them into new types of creative digital projection. Visit this two part ‘Work in Progress’ session to find out more.

Tuesday 28 January // 19.00 – 21.00

John from WorthingDigital is this session we’ll take a look at how the Amazon Alexa voice assistant works. We’ll also explore how you can make your own Alexa Skill. No coding experience is required and this session is suitable for both beginners and developers.

Join the event here.

Wednesday 29 January // 10:00 – 12:00

Animator and Colonnade House tenant Laurie Rowan will be 3D printing constructed toys using 3D software.

Wednesday 29 January // 12:30 – 13:30

Arun Singh from The Peer Group looking at Augmented Reality – the state of play and what’s coming next.

Thursday 30 January // 10:00 – 13:00

          Shake it up Creative will be running a collaborative hack day to make improvements to a local community organisation’s website

          Thursday 30 January // 13:00 – 17:00

Men in Sheds, will be testing out the laser cutter and looking at how new technologies and traditional craft can work together.

Free weekend sessions for children and adults to explore digital tech together:

Saturday 18th January – 3D Printing

In this session, learn to use software to create your own 3D models and then see our printers in action. You can make anything you like…within reason…and our trusty elves* will help you with the design and to optimise it for 3D printing.

Suitable for age 8+

Limited places: each child must be accompanied by an adult. Book Here

Sunday 19 January – Build a scribbling machine

Get hands-on with a motor and some bits and pieces to build an autonomous art-making machine. At the end of the session you can take your machine home to wow your family!

Suitable for age 8+

There will be two sessions: 10:30 -12.50 and 14:00 -16.20 and we will have places for 3 parent/child pairs every 20 mins (each scribbler takes about 40 mins to make). No advance booking – just come along and wait for your turn (if it’s raining we can take your name and there are some nice cafes nearby where you can wait).

Saturday 25 January – Lego Robots Coding Challenge

Rise to the coding challenge and programme an autonomous Lego robot to navigate a track without knocking over the obstacles. No experience necessary and our friendly elves* will be on hand to help you tinker with Lego EV3 roboteering!

Suitable for age 8+

Limited places: each child must be accompanied by an adult. Book Here

Sunday 26 January – Games Making in Scratch

Scratch is the perfect coding environment for making your own games. Join us and explore your inner games designer. We’ll have some starter games for you to work on or you can create your own with the help of our game-making elves*.

Suitable for age 9+

Limited places: each child must be accompanied by an adult. Book Here

*the elves are from our project partners Tech Resort

Space to Make is a Craft Council Make:Shift:Do project—exploring new models for co-creation in makerspaces.

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Space to Make is also supported by West Sussex County Council, Adur & Worthing Councils and Adur & Worthing Trust.

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Space to Make is working in partnership with Community Works and Tech Resort CIC

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