Worthing Festival at Colonnade House & beyond

We are excited to be part of Worthing Festival 2023. Why not start your journey at Colonnade House?

Visit us for free creative inspiration & be inspired by the innovation of artists, makers in our town. There is plenty to get involved with across Worthing.

Visit the Worthing Festival website to see the full line-up.

Glenn Phur: Signature Art, Icons, Landscapes – Art for your Heart

30 May – 11 June 2023 // 10.00 – 17.00

After a successful show in 2022, Worthing based artist Glenn Phur is back at in Gallery One at Colonnade House. Glenn has been painting for over 40 years & covers a wide range of subject matter. He will be exhibiting a new range of ‘Icons’ featuring well known celebrities such as; David Bowie, Amy Winehouse & Marilyn Monroe.

With portraiture being his speciality, Glenn also takes commissions. So pop in & have a chat about getting yourself or loved ones immortalised in oil.

A Walk in the Woods

Pauline Murray: Zinnia

6 – 11 June 2023 // 10.00 – 17.00 

Witness printmaker Pauline Murray’s delicate collection of collages in epic scale. Pauline’s beautiful layered designs are influenced by her love of nature. Each piece is unique as a real zinnia, bringing explosions of colour & decoration to Gallery Two.

Frankie Cluney: Eye Shell

Worthing Film Club: Worthing Cinema: Past, Present & Future

Connaught Theatre, Fraser’s Bar  // 10 – 13 June // Colonnade House // 14 – 18 June

After receiving funding from the Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions 2023 small grants scheme, Worthing Film Club is collaborating with ScreenWoLFF to celebrate the past, present & future of Worthing Cinema. Visit the Connaught & Colonnade House for an interactive exhibition featuring local filmmakers & be part of this project.

There will also be an opportunity for YOU to share your stories and be a part of this fascinating Worthing archive.

The Club are also screening two classic films with a ‘Worthing Twist’ on the 12 & 14 June in the Connaught Studio.

Book your tickets.

Worthing Film Club

Life Drawing, The Surrealists & Other Strange Phenomena

The Venue // 11 June // 14.00 – 17.00 // £10.00

A large-scale life drawing event is coming to Worthing for the very first time. During Worthing Festival, artist & event organiser, Wendy Barratt is hosting an exciting life drawing event at The Venue, Worthing, accessible for both seasoned & budding artists.

Expect a Surrealist-themed life drawing extravaganza. Set in the amazing space, The Venue, life models will be creating poses to inspire, amaze and get your pencils moving.

Book your tickets here.

This project received funding from Adur & Worthing Trust Creative Commissions 2023.


Life Drawing, The Surrealists & Other Strange Phenomena

Storytime with author and illustrator John Bond

Worthing Library // 17 June // 11.00 – 11.30 // Free

Colonnade House studio member, John Bond will be reading aloud from his latest book Much Too Busy, published by HarperCollins, as part of Saturday Storytime at Worthing Library. The event is free, but spaces are limited.

This will be followed with a step-by-step draw-a-long of one of the characters!


John Bond: Much Too Busy

The Stations

West Buildings Shelter // Open til Summer 2023 // Free

Stroll along Worthing’s historic promenade at any time, day or night, and you will encounter a new exhibition at the West Buildings Shelter entitled ‘The Stations’

The exhibition, featuring photography by artist and campaigner Marksteen Adamson, is a unique project tracing the journey of refugees, provoking reflection and calling for a response from those more fortunate.


The Stations: West Buildings Shelter

Shake It Up Creative: The Art of Marketing

Worthing Museum // 15 June 2023 // 12.00 – 14.30 // Free

Join Rachael Dines from Shake It Up Creative for a free marketing workshop for creatives. Are you an artist looking to get discovered and build your social media engagement?

This workshop will help you understand how to:

> Create a compelling message about your products / services / experience

> Set your offer apart and stand out from the rest

> Understand the basics of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to help get your website found

> Get discovered and build your social media engagement

> Create customer advocates and win repeat business

Plus, we’ll be joined special guest Helen Jane Campbell who will share her tips on selling and creating advocates and inspire you all.

Find out more and book your tickets.

shake it up creative

Worthing Artists Open Houses 2023

All over Worthing // 17 – 18 June, 24 – 25 June & 1 – 2 July

The Summer edition of Worthing Artists Open Houses is back! Grab your sunglasses & pick up a map from Colonnade House and head on a creative journey around Worthing. With 41 venues & 100s of artists to meet.

We have four exciting exhibitions running across the three weekends in June & July ranging from film, textile, watercolour and collage.

14 – 18 June // Worthing Film Club: Worthing Cinema: Past, Present & Future
20 – 25 June // Sara Cook: Bojagi: Light in the Landscape
20 June – 02 July // Amanda Beck: Watercolour Wanders
27 June – 02 July // Daniela Maria Gargiulo: I Know Where I’m Going


A photograph of Amanda's sketchbook capturing figures along the seafront
Worthing Festival 2023