News from the creative sector in Adur and Worthing during the coronavirus restrictions.

Monster Trees and Other Stories

Anna Vartiainen’s exhibition Monster Trees and Other Stories is on the walls of the gallery – but we can’t let anyone in! So instead of a private view at the gallery last night, Anna held her own virtual private view on Instagram. If you go to her Instagram page you’ll be able to experience the event (until 6pm on 20th March when it will expire), and you can also see images and details of the work for sale. Of course – if you are passing, you can still see it through the windows!

We will be planning more virtual experiences in the coming weeks, and sharing information about other opportunities to take part in online experiences that are offered by local creatives. If you have something that you would like us to share in future newsletters, please email us.

This unprecedented situation is forcing us to make radical changes to our lives. As well as the financial impacts, many people will be meeting the challenge of self-isolation, and families will have children at home with the prospect of how to fill the coming weeks. What is inspiring is the way that people manage to adapt in difficult times, and the incredible generosity and creativity that rises to the surface, alongside the practical steps we need to take to ensure our wellbeing. I hope that by sharing news from the creative sector it will make a contribution that will bring some relief in these difficult times.

Drink & Draw – The Daily Draw

Take part in free daily drawing challenges with Nicky Bell and Shona Macdonald’s Drink and Draw on Instagram or Facebook

Nicky is also hoping to run classes in a safe environment, and her Etsy shop is full of ideas.

MoonInk Poetry

Poetry can be a great escape, especially if you are on your own. If you have never heard of, or tried Japanese Tanka Poetry, then head over to this free resource from Moonink and open up a world of inspiration.

Old Cartshed Studio // Instagram @oldcartshedstudio // Facebook @OldCartshed 

This new venture from Peon Boyle and Shona Macdonald was due to have its launch next week. For now, they are offering vouchers for future workshops at Old Cartshed Studio, and also rent of their portable press on a weekly basis for any home printmakers for £50 per week including a small pack of printmaking paper and ink, a roller and mat also.

Vouchers can be bought in multiples of £20 and are valid without expiry. In the future they are also hoping to offer live printing demos.


If 3D is your thing, from Saturday onwards this online festival will feature top 3D animation talent – including Colonnade House studios member Laurie Rowan. Line-up and activity will be announced here.

Live-streaming – A Guide

If we have to move much of our lives online, how do we make the best of the tools and platforms that are out there? Arts Council England shared this handy guide from Supercool.



Initiated by Matthew Burrows Studio, this campaign is going viral already. 

The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work on Instagram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping.) Every time they reach £1000 of sales they pledge to buy another artist’s work for £200. If you’re an artist make a pledge and post your work with the #artistsupportpledge and follow the # to see everyone else’s work. Repost and tell your friends, colleagues and collectors. Let generosity be infectious.