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Performance Art Marks Timber In Sea Anniversary

A performance artist plans to mark the first anniversary of the Ice Prince sinking which saw thousands of tons of timber washed along the Sussex coast before being driven onto Worthing beach by 'releasing' some timber he found at the time.

Dan Thompson collected a dozen small splinters from the huge timber planks, and has kept them frozen in ice since January 2008. On Monday 19th January 2009, the rough chunks of ice with their splinters of pine will be released into the Sussex sea, on the part of Worthing beach where most of the wood was washed up.

The next day, he will walk the beach to see if the splinters have returned to the same spot – or been lost in the sea off the Sussex coast.
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Two New Festivals In West Sussex

The Artists and Makers Festival is taking a break in 2009 – but there are still opportunities for artists, makers, musicians, writers, film-makers and theatre practitioners to take part in a new arts festival Made In Worthing, and artists and makers across Horsham District will take part in Horsham Open Studios.


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Musicians Get That Sinking Feeling

Stormy seas that sank a ship, five thousand tons of driftwood and Worthing beach are set to inspire some cutting-edge music  in a day run by Revolutionary Music and national organisation Contemporary Music-making for Amateurs.

Popularly known as CoMA, the new music organisation has teamed up with the music wing of the Sussex-based Revolutionary Arts Group to run a day long workshop, ending in a concert. Musicians and singers will take their inspiration from the sinking of the Ice Prince, which saw thousands of tons of pine timber washed up on Worthing beach in January.

Leading the workshop will be the director of CoMA's Sussex ensemble, Adam Swayne, who teaches at Chichester University, the Junior Royal Academy of Music and Lancing College. He will be joined by professional composer Patrick Harrex, co-founder of Brighton's Soundwaves Festival and composer-in-residence at Worthing High School.

And artist Dan Thompson (pictured) will provide images and recollections of the Ice Prince timber on Worthing beach to start the workshop.

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Fresh Artists And Funky Makers In Popular Christmas Art Fair

Affordable arts and contemporary crafts in a stunning setting have made the Revolutionary Arts Group's annual Christmas exhibition a popular event on the South Coast's art calendar.
The exhibition takes place inside St Matthew's Church, an arts-and-crafts style church with a dramatic boat-style wooden roof, red brick walls and chalk arches round the windows. Every year, about twenty artists fill the space, and the whole exhibition is brought together with quirky design touches, unusual displays and a small forest of artificial Christmas trees.

Work ranges from handmade Christmas cards and decorations, via jewellery, to paintings, prints and hand-stitched quilts. And this year, alongside the Revolutionary Arts Group's own members, special guests have been invited to exhibit. The Revolutionary Arts Group have attended events like Brighton Art Fair and searched crafts website like to find unusual, interesting and inspiring work to complete the show.

“We attract a great crowd that ranges from serious collectors and art school kids to yummy mummys,” says organiser Dan Thompson, “and we include the kind of quirky stuff you'd usually find in Brighton or London alongside some top-quality traditional crafts.”

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Worthing Artist's Big Dig

Roman pots and toy guns, big yellow diggers and archaeologists with trowels, portacabins and the remains of Iron Age roundhouses – they've all been captured by artist Dan Thompson, working on an archaeological  dig in Worthing.

The Titnore Lane site will be used by St Barnabas to build a new hospice, but an eight week dig taking place before building work can start has found evidence of much earlier buildings on the site. And Dan Thompson, working as artist-in-residence with AOC Archaeology Group, has captured life on the site in drawings, photographs and writing.

“This has been less about drawing the finds,” says Dan, “and more about capturing the people working on the site, and the processes they go through.”

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Now They Now How Many Holes It Takes To Close An HMV

'It would take more than a hole in the roof to stop us selling music!' That's the cheeky message from staff at Worthing's independent music store after hearing that HMV have delayed their Worthing opening because of a leaky roof.

Revolutionary Music is a tiny independent in the tradition of legendary stores like London's Rough Trade, packed full of hard-to-find CDs, rarities and music memorabilia – and run by a small staff passionate about music.
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Warwick Street - Shelley, Krafty Kuts, Motorhead and The Caravan Gallery

Warwick Street has been the home of local business for 200 years – and to celebrate, shops and cafes in the area are throwing a birthday party.

On Saturday 2nd August, there will be events along the street, and in Warwick Lane and Stanford Square, including a visit from The Caravan Gallery.

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Speakeasy During Artists and Makers Festival

Secrets but no lies are on offer at 'The Speakeasy', a true story-telling night as part of the Artists and Makers Festival.

A one-off unique event held at Worthing Library on Friday 11th July hand offers a chance for people to come along and listen in to other people's tales and, if the mood takes them, join in with tales of their own. The event leads on from a series of popular nights held at The Iron Duke Pub in Hove which culminated in a succesful appearance as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival earlier this year.

"Everyone has a story to tell, a tale lurking inside them, and this is an opportunity to come along and listen in to some small chapters in other people's lives," says host Pete Fijalkowski, "and the stories we get are wonderfully diverse - from the poignant to the funny; the spooky to the downright weird. The only two rules are they must be no longer than 5 minutes, and they must be true."
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From Tibet To Worthing In Artists and Makers Festival

Photos from Tibet, textiles from Devon and watercolours from Brighton join the work of artists from Worthing and Horsham in this year's Artists and Makers Festival open houses and studios.

Twenty venues across Worthing, Horsham, Cowfold and Partridge Green will exhibit work by 75 artists, and there will be a special exhibition at Reflections Nursery, Worthing of work by children aged two to 12 years old. All the venues will open from 2-6pm on Saturady 5th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July.

Highlights include a topical exhibition of photographs of the people of Tibet by Joanne Rowlings. Rowlings has been worked with acclaimed photographer Steve McCurry, and will be exhibiting at 26 Raleigh Way, Worthing.

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A Caravan, A Dolls House and A Very Small Stage for Artists and Makers Festival

An art gallery in a caravan, an evening with a TV 'talking head', music on the smallest stage in the UK and over a hundred artists exhibiting in shops, houses and studios make up this year's Artists and Makers Festival, which runs from 4th-20th July.

The annual arts festival takes place across Worthing and Horsham District, with events kicking off on Friday 4th July, with a free poetry event at Worthing Library at 12 noon.

That evening, Andrew Collins launches the new paperback of 'That's Me In The Corner', a wry look at his life. He has worked as an NME journalist, Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music DJ, film critic for the Radio Times, and Eastenders scriptwriter - but is perhaps best known as a regular 'talking head' on any number of Top 100, Greatest Ever and Britain's Favourite countdowns and documentaries. The event happens at Methvens, South Street, Worthing from 7.30pm.

On Saturday 5th, a 'Words and Pictures' event will see authors and illustrators appearing at Methvens in a programme of signings, talks and readings. Guests include David and Ronda Armitage, the husband and wife team behind the famous 'Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch', and John Higgins, an artist who has worked for 2000AD, Marvel and Dr Who magazine as well as on the classic 'Watchmen'. And Mogzilla - the publisher behind 'Count Milkula' and the 'Spartapuss' series - will be at Toys Will Be Toys, Stamford Square, Worthing.

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, the popular artists' open houses and studios open from 2-6pm, with twenty venues exhibiting everything from photography to painting and stained glass to sculpture. Venues open across Worthing and Horsham, including Plummers Plain, Cowfold, and Patridge Green. All venues open again on the 12th and 13th July