Queer Creatives Art Market & Exhibition

In collaboration with People’s Proud Picnic, and with support from Adur & Worthing Trust and The Rainbow Fund, in July, Colonnade House is hosting a week celebrating the creative LGBTQ+ community of Adur & Worthing.

The programme will include an Art Market & Exhibition, Networking, Creative Workshops, Artists Talks, Film Screenings & more!

If you would like to support the People’s Proud Picnic you can donate & support via their crowdfunder campaign here.


Journaling For Creative Practitioners, with Helen Jane Campbell // 2 July // 9.15 – 10.30 // Free

Join accredited coach Helen Jane Campbell (she/her) who will guide you in this inclusive workshop, sharing journaling techniques for grounding and creativity. Book your tickets here.

Exhibition Opening & Networking // 2 July // 17.00 – 19.00 // Free

Join us in the gallery for the launch of the exhibition. Come and meet the artists for the chance to network and hear all about the upcoming show and events that will be taking place throughout the week.

The People’s Proud Poetry Workshop // 3 July // 18.00 – 19.00 // Free

This poetry workshop is for any and all LGBTQIA+ folks who’d like to write poetry, be it for fun, for self expression and/or for protest.

Book here.

Film Screening: QUEENDOM // 4 July // 18.00 // £3 – £5

Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, stages radical performances in public that become a new form of art and activism – and put her life in danger. Find out all about QUEENDOM at our screening in the gallery.

Book your tickets here.

Writing for Performance with Savage Heart Theatre Company // 5 July // 10.15 – 11.30 // Free

Try your hand at writing a dramatic speech or scene, drawing inspiration from Worthing’s LGBTQ+ artists at Colonnade House!

Book your tickets here.

Make a Flag! // 6 July // 11.00 – 13.30 // Free

In celebration of Worthing Pride Week we’ll be hosting a make a flag workshop. No booking required – just drop in!

Artist Talk: Ladypat: Perhaps I Should Explain Myself // 7 July // 14.00 – 15.00 // Free

Sussex based artist, Ladypat, is on their way to Worthing to finally explain themself! Book your free tickets here.

Meet the artists;

Bryony May (They/Them)

Bryony May will be exhibiting a series of LGBTQIA+ flag illustrations with written descriptions of their symbology.

Heidi Swigon (She/Her)

Heidi Swigon is an artist and creative workshop facilitator based in Worthing. Having studied Visual Culture at the University of Brighton, she enjoys forming new and unexpected meanings using found imagery.


SOLD – Shoreham Opportunities for Learning Differences is a training hub based in the SOLD high street shop in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Amelia Ace Armande (They/Them)

Poet and storyteller Amelia Ace Armande explores the character of Caeneus in this reading of their poem.

Jen Cleary (They/Them)

Jen, a queer photographer based in Worthing, works solely with 35mm analogue film, and tries to capture the essence of people and places with a unique lens.

Mars Chicca (She/Her)

Inspired by outsider artists and those on the fringes of society, Mars channels difficult life experiences, mental illness, and questions about identity and sexuality into messy, chaotic drawings and collage.

Skylar Mulholland (She/Her)

Skylar experiments with materials, both natural and manmade. Many found abandoned, and gathered whilst walking. Her work is an attempt to reveal the beauty to be found in decay and brokenness.

Cassidie Alder (She/Her)

Cassidie uses her comprehensive training and skills in traditional wood carving to create new bespoke pieces – blending modern and classical forms, and enabling ancient craft to endure, and inspire new work.

Keira Thomas (She/Her)

Following Keira’s ‘Out of the Artist’ exhibition in collaboration with Worthing Museum in 2023, which created space for local LGBTQIA+ artists to share their individual voice – Keira uses the written word to further explore the theme of ‘Voice’ through the depths and challenges of freedom of identity.

Alexandra Medwell (She/Her)

Alexandra Medwell is the general manager of The Airbrush Company, Lancing, which distributes top brands of airbrushes and hosts airbrush art classes.


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