St Paul’s Art Centre, serving the community

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St Paul’s Art Centre – serving the community

I popped into St Paul’s Art Centre in Worthing the other week for a bite to eat and a latte and was pleased to see a guitarist on the stage playing classical pieces during lunchtime.

That sort of epitomised St Paul’s; it’s a friendly, slightly bohemian, aesthetic space with a good café and a good attitude to the community. It also has a great mixture of performances and events. Having just hosted Ginger Baker at the end of the summer, more marvellous performers are lined up for the autumn such as Nik Kershaw, Turin Brakes and comedian Gary Delaney, while the centre also hosts the Worthing Beer Festival in October. A little in the future in December, the centre hosts John Bramwell from I am Kloot, in February 2015 the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and in March 2015, somewhat of a coup for St Paul’s, the centre hosts American singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters, her only gig in the south east on her UK tour. Gretchen is being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014.

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes

Also this October, for Halloween, Westendstars Performing Arts Company will be performing their annual show, entitled Tales of Tim Burton, exploring the quirky Hollywood director’s magical world from Alice in Wonderland to Corpse Bride and many more. If you have a budding young performer aged 5-16 years in the family, call Tania on 07905 299382 and they could be part of this original production. No experience is necessary and no audition is required, just a passion to perform.

Tales of Tim Burton

Tales of Tim Burton

St Paul’s also has three great spaces to hire: The Vestry offers a small intimate space for one-to-one or small conferences, The Herridge Room provides a large open space for the likes of dance, yoga or larger conferences and the Main Hall is an amazing venue for live music, theatre, weddings etc. To book or view what’s available call Ed on 01903 368967 or email ed@stpaulsworthing.co.uk. Also, if you are an artist, the centre is keen to support local artists and can offer exhibition space at reasonable rates. Send a few examples of your work to ed@stpaulsworthing.co.uk.

Other community activities include a Weight Watchers group, pregnancy yoga, pilates, Melody Bear and Tutu Tales (introductory ballet classes for 2 to 7 year olds and 3 to 8 year olds) and Worthing Wordsmiths creative writing group. There is also the monthly Burlesque Fit Class offering a unique and exciting way of keeping fit and staying in shape; Worthing Farm Drop make a regular appearance with some delicious locally sourced and locally crafted food and groceries and artist exhibitions are always prominent. And we mustn’t forget Bartie’s Boutique, a contemporary indoor handmade market that regularly features handpicked artists and makers. The next few Bartie’s will take place on the 11th October, 8th November (Christmas Show) and the 13th December.

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Visit www.stpaulsworthing.co.uk for further details about all the centre has to offer.

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