June at Colonnade House

Bank holidays, bunting, BBQ’s and indecisive weather are on a lot of people’s minds this month, but let us distract you with a great selection of exhibitions coming to Colonnade House throughout June.

Be sure to read to the bottom of this month’s blog to check out the upcoming Creative Commission projects too!

Until 5 June // 10.00 – 17.00

If you’ve ever struggled to maintain consistent creative output, then you’re not alone. Artists Amanda Booth, Angeline Pantall and Nicky Dawes have each had their own obstacles to producing a body of work – until now. Crediting each other with the inspiration and drive to keep going, the group now hope those who visit their eclectic exhibition will be motivated to pick up a pencil or brush themselves.   

Curious Threads: A Sense of Place
7 – 11 June // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

Returning to Colonnade House this month we welcome back talented textile group Curious Threads.  Comprising seven artists, each member will exhibit their latest interpretations of recent group challenges. The titles to respond to have been A Sense of Place, Recycle and Verbiage. Visit the gallery later this month to see how each artist approached this range of topics. 

Curious Threads
Figment Arts: Looking Out
14 – 26 June // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

Artist led Figment Arts Studio is a group of autistic, learning disabled and neurodiverse creatives. Like many studios their recent work has been made remotely, but for their latest exhibition Looking Out the artists have worked together to create a giant kaleidoscope (made in collaboration with Superstar Arts), illustration, poetry performance, photography, performance art and screen based work. 

Figment Arts: Looking Out
Nora Young: Befriending Frazzles
14 – 26 June  //  10.00 – 17.00

Nora Young describes her process for this exhibition as a “journey of mindfulness practice that helps me manage the repeated circular thought patterns that are best described as ‘frazzle’.” The meditative ‘Frazzles’ are an attempt by Nora not only to assist with her inner thoughts, but to connect with others and ask about the viewer’s own well being, from frazzle to frazzle. Now with over 50 pieces this latest exhibition is as much a sharing as it is a reflection of Nora’s own journey.

Nora Young

28 June – 3 July  //  10.00 – 17.00 // Free

An exhibition of collage, painting and printmaking by local artists Daniela Maria Gargiulo and Anna Vartiainen. They first met ten years ago in the playground in Worthing’s Homefield Park, and their work shares a preoccupation with interrogating the local landscape. In this show, their first together, each offers a distinct perspective on a shared sense of place.


Daniela Maria Gargiulo: Teville Gate Rewild
Chris Prince: My Wild Side

28 June – 9 July // 10.00 – 17.00 // Free

For the last 15 years Chris Prince has been behind the lens of his camera taking photos of wildlife. Initially around Britain, then spreading his wings around the globe. He began many years ago bird watching with his family, which has gradually progressed into studying wildlife of all types and a keen interest in conservation.


Chris Prince: Kingfisher

Creative Commissions in June

The Adur & Worthing Trust have recently awarded funding for nine local creative projects from across Adur & Worthing;

Sight Support Worthing have been getting ready for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Along Rowlands Road and at Steyne Gardens, see the banners, flags and crowns made by the participants all bank holiday weekend.

– Join artist and shepherd Katie Gander at Fen Farm in Sompting on 3 June for an introduction to Weaving Wool Together – A Community Craft Project. Find out about the project, meet the flock and see the sheep shearing in action. There is also the opportunity to sign up for free family wool craft workshops in the Summer. Full details here.

– The Queens are coming to Coast Cafe for one night only. Hosted by Jacob Chilmaid a.k.a Isabelle End, experience a night of comedy, dance, lip syncs and death drops. Bringing together young LGBTQ+ talent to Worthing for the very first time, book your tickets here.

– Visit Cellar Arts Club on 18 June for a screening of short skateboarding films made by young skateboarders at South Coast Skate Club. Entry is free, all ages are welcome and there are prizes to be won. Full details here.


Mary Kinsella