Two creative exhibitions come to Worthing seafront
Worthing seafront is hosting two pop-up creative exhibitions this summer - the latest in a series of efforts to support local businesses to get up and running again post COVID and provide attractions for people to visit the town centre and seafront.
Two seafront shelters - at Steyne Gardens and at the West Buildings - have been temporarily transformed into art galleries, to showcase the work of local artists.
Local artist sisters, Stella and Gem, otherwise known as the Two Faced Twins, have taken up a summer residency at the seafront shelter at Steyne Gardens where they will be exhibiting their signature bold and bright artwork, which includes a number of well-known Worthing landmarks. The art gallery will be open from Saturday 25 July.
The West Buildings shelter is hosting an photography exhibition entitled ‘By the Sea’ which has been supported by Worthing’s creative hub, Colonnade House. The exhibition presents the work of six local artists:
- Christopher Pledger who photographs seaweed in the style of Victorian botanical illustrations
- Stuart Hutchinson and Len Brook who capture Worthing’s award-winning pier and seafront landmarks in changing light and changing weather.
- Mandy Williams who photographs people through the weathered and scratched glass in a seafront shelter.
- Nicky Bell who regularly photographs the sea from her studio and on her daily walks.
- Rebecca McCardle who creates imaginary sea creatures from repurposed objects.
Clare Halstead, Creative Hub Manager at Colonnade House said:
“The arts and creative industries have had a difficult time during Covid, with exhibitions closed and freelance work drying up. This is a great opportunity to bring the work of photographers who have exhibited at Colonnade House and Worthing Museum to a wider audience.”
Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“We’re delighted to be able to put to good use the shelters to support local artists to showcase their work and add vibrancy to our seafront this summer, creating other locations, to the already popular East Beach Artists Quarter, to support creative businesses as we ease out of lockdown.”
Worthing Borough Council is continuing its longer-term plans for the development of both sites as part of its seafront regeneration programme.