Spring IS around the corner, though it doesn’t always feel that way this month. So while gardeners get busy planting, creative people get busy with ideas. Here are some seeds of inspiration. 



Our World in Our Words
Exhibition // 2 – 28 February // Viewable in windows and online

In 2020, Shoreham -based Apron Collective sent packs of art materials to young people and invited them to express their experiences of the pandemic. The result is an outpouring of words and images that contain hope for the future even while young people are feeling burdened with anxiety and fear. Messages of hope, support, understanding and humour help us all to get through, and they will be on show in our gallery windows right through February, plus you can see more on Instagram.


Creative Commissions 2021

You have the whole of February to get your application in for a Creative Commissions grant! Up to £700 is on offer to locally based artists for new projects that people in Adur and Worthing can enjoy and participate in. Watch our YouTube video for more details or click the link below.

Deadline 28 February.

Arts Council England

You have until 18 February to apply for Developing Your Creative Practice which is aimed specifically at individual artists and creative practitioners who want to change direction, gain new skills or make new work. Six awards totalling over £52K were made to projects in Adur & Worthing in the last round!

This video intro tells you more.

Proposal for the Gabions


In our first Covid summer, outdoor exhibitions were a real success and Worthing Borough Council invested in building five stone-filled gabions on the seafront as a new public gallery space. Since October the gabions have hosted the winning images from the Photo Fringe Open20Solo award and now we are looking ahead for future exhibitions. There is no hire fee planned for 2021, but you will have to meet the costs of installation and for production of images.

Details are being finalised, so for an informal chat please contact richard.manders@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Future Fest
Online // Any time // Free

If you have had enough of the present, why not take a look at the future? NESTA have taken their biennial live festival online and you can register for free to access talks, performances and interactive experiences that promise to challenge, empower and inspire us all for the future. 

SOL Design Collective: Creative Coffee Morning
 3 & 10 February // 10.30 – 11.30 // Free

SOL Design Collective run regular events for artists and makers to get together online. Striking a balance between running a friendly session and making sure you have something useful to take away, topics this month include finding your audience and pricing your work.

Free digital fixes

Take ten minutes to improve your digital skills with our ‘How to…’ videos which aim to get you started with Instagram, Smartphone Photography and Shopify. Explore further with the Digital Culture Network range of practical guides for the cultural sector.

Did you know?

Small businesses and charities can reclaim the cost of paying up to two weeks Statutory Sick Pay to employees who have to self isolate – even if they are part-time, zero hours or agency workers. Check out all the financial support available on Adur & Worthing Councils website.