Creative Hub for Worthing, Colonnade House, beautifully refurbished
Colonnade House in Worthing’s town centre has been aesthetically transformed into a creative hub for the town.
The studio spaces are home to a variety of creatives such as David Dutton, a visual artist working in paint and mixed media; Doug Bishenden, a multi-disciplined graphic designer; Holly Ann Schofield, a mixed media artist; Julie Ingham, a designer working within the fields of printed textiles and illustration; Mad Robot Comics, an independent publisher/creator of Comic-Books and Comic art; Sara Dare, a painter and installation artist; Sara Edmonds, an illustrator and designer and Susie Warner, a jeweller.
One of Worthing’s most iconic architectural landmarks, Colonnade House is located in the heart of Worthing’s vibrant café quarter. Built in the early 1800s and opened as a library and post office, the building was partially destroyed by fire eighty years later and remodelled in the 1930s. Now Colonnade House is transformed into a unique creative work space and hub that fosters cross-disciplinary inspiration and collaboration.
The regeneration and ongoing management of Colonnade House has been made possible by Worthing Borough Council working in partnership with the Adur & Worthing Trust and has received significant investment from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.
Adur & Worthing Councils are committed to developing a high-quality cultural offer and have worked with the local arts community to develop the ‘Commit to Culture’ strategy. Colonnade House is a significant step in this process.
The Gallery and Studio on the ground floor are available for hire and there is an array of classes, workshops and exhibitions occurring regularly. An example of one such is on the 28th January when illustrator and art teacher Michelle Dawson is holding a workshop on how to draw architecture – see above drawing by Michelle – details at www.michelledawson.co.uk.
Visit http://colonnadehouse.co.uk for further information about Colonnade House.