Two empty shop windows in the town centre, a disused seafront shelter and a brand-new open air art gallery on the beach, are among several spaces that will feature in an outdoor and gallery photography trail in Worthing this Autumn.
Photo Fringe: Worthing
3 – 31 October // Various locations // Free

It’s a photography takeover this month! 

We have partnered with Photo Fringe to bring four key exhibitions to Worthing, creating new accessible outdoor exhibition spaces on the seafront and hosting the Map6 photo collective at Colonnade House. Photo Fringe is an open access festival which takes place every two years, and this year their energising theme of Take/Make has been the rallying call for local, national and international photographers. From 3rd October you will be able to access the full programme on their festival website, including an extensive range of digital and independently organised exhibitions across Sussex.

Read on for more information about what you can see here in Worthing.

MAP6: Finland: The Happiness Project
29 September – 25 October // 10.00 – 17.00 // Closed Mondays

Dive into Colonnade House to explore the lifestyle of the happiest country in the world. What secret does Finland have that keeps it at the top of the UN’s World Happiness Report? Following the festival theme, you might take something from this show to make a difference in your life.

Barry Falk: Undiagnosed
From 3 October // West Buildings Shelter // Free entry

What did you do in lockdown? Worthing photographer Barry Falk went out photographing his friends and neighbours, capturing the sense of unease as we entered uncharted territory. Taken between March and May 2020 these images are a chance for us to reflect on where we’ve been, and where we’re going. 

Photoworks Festival 2020: Propositions for Alternative Narratives
24 September – 25 October // Montague Quarter / Montague Street // Open 24/7

Not just one, but two photography festivals are visiting Worthing this month. Take a stroll through the centre of town and discover a curated selection of international photographers filling shop windows on a grand scale. Photoworks are bringing this global roster of artists to poster sites and billboards from Brighton & Hove to Worthing for the first time. Along with their events programme Photoworks also offers you the opportunity to curate your own Festival in a Box with high quality prints and information which they will deliver to you to display at home or at work, or use as a learning resource for schools or colleges.  

OPEN20 SOLO Award Exhibition
From 28 September // West of the Lido, Worthing // Open 24/7

Photofringe continues on the seafront with the shortlisted photographers for the OPEN20 SOLO award. Displayed on Worthing Borough Council’s newly built outdoor exhibition space they reflect the wide variety of subjects and techniques of contemporary photographers. You can also explore the work by competition winner Studio Lenca online.

OPEN20 Young Photographers
From 10 October // Pavilion Atrium windows, Worthing Pier // Open 24/7

Closing on September 30, this competition is for young photographers aged 14-18 who are being invited to send in their responses to the festival theme Take a photo/Make a difference. The winning image by Faye Song from 2018 is pictured below and we are excited to see what this year’s entries will bring. There is still time to enter if you’re quick…!

And finally…

This work forms part of “And Then …”, the Councils’ short, sharp programme of interventions and assistance to help the communities of Adur and Worthing bounce back from the impact of lockdown.

See below this handy map to find all the exhibitions in Worthing town centre and seafront;