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We Love You - Valentine's Live Art Festival

'We Love You’ – that’s the message that performance artists from the Revolutionary Arts Groop will be sending out this weekend.

In a series of what artist Dan Thompson describes as ‘tricks, pranks and interventions in everyday life’, the group will be looking at what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding. While some events will be very public, others will happen more quietly around the town.

Did you receive one of Dan Thompson's handmade Valentine's cards, mailed to the 50 most influential people in Worthing? Or did you get handed a We Love You postcard by one of our artists? If so, please post a comment below - or email Dan here - thank you.

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Artists & Makers Festival 2006

"An independent spirit and plenty of creativity ... an ever-growing showcase of contemporary arts and crafts, live performance and web-based artwork from Warnham to West Worthing, Steyning to Shipley and Pulborough to Plummers Plain." West Sussex Gazette

Bookings are now open for the annual Artists & Makers Festival, described by Country Homes & Interiors as showing "some of the finest artistic talent around the country" and as "a lovely start to the 'open house' season."

The Artists & Makers Festival sees a packed programme of music, poetry and performance ... and previous years have seen Bill Drummond's myDeath.net project, Big Chill Recordings, the Textile Arts Forum, West Sussex Writers' Club and much more. 

At the heart of the festival is a trail of artists' open houses and studios across West Sussex.

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Creative Quarter Plans Progress

Plans to lead Worthing’s regeneration by establishing a Creative Quarter have received a boost.

‘Coasting Along’, a study of regeneration in south east coastal towns by nef (the New Economics Foundation) has recommended a cultural quarter be established, after identifying that the cultural industries are important to Worthing’s economy.

Meanwhile, a consultation document released by Worthing Borough Council also identifies the need to encourage the growth of the creative arts and cultural sector, and that a dedicated quarter would do this. And the report suggests that a Creative Quarter would add to Worthing’s tourist attractions, too.

And Worthing Evolution – the town’s new masterplan which is currently under development – is also expected to suggest locations for a Creative Quarter.

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Artists & Makers - 2005 Reviewed By You

2005 was a record-breaking year for RAG, with more exhibitions, new members and - with our highest sales yet - more people buying contemporary arts and crafts ... and more money going to artists and makers.

While it all goes quiet on the RAG front in January, keep watching this site for improvements including better navigation, new pages and much more. Meanwhile, here's what people said about us in 2005:

"Why doesn't Brighton have something like RAG??" Alan (Fred) Pipes, writer on art & design, and cartoon illustrator.

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Public Art Comes To Worthing

A major sculpture by a Sussex artist will be spending the winter in Worthing’s Beach House Park.

Artist Chris Blade sketched the initial idea for ‘Murmurations’, an eye catching sculpture, on the back of an envelope two years ago. After exhibiting the piece on an A27 roundabout during the Arundel Arts Festival, Chris approached Sussex arts group RAG to see if they could help find a suitable temporary location for the work.

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Best Artists & Makers in Christmas Show

“The best artists and makers from the South Coast” The Herald

There’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, your friends and your family this Christmas at the annual

Artists & Makers at St Matthew’s.

Sumptuous textiles, exclusive contemporary paintings and prints by up-and-coming artists, designer jewellery, beautiful frames and mirrors, handmade Christmas cards, stockings & decorations ... and other affordable - but unique – gifts fill the warm & comfortable interior of the church, with its distinctive ‘boat built’ wooden roof.

Over fifteen of the south's best artists and makers are set to exhibit at St Matthew’s, Tarring Road, Worthing.

“Packed full of affordable art” Latest 7

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RAG vs Brighton Art Fair

It’s like David versus Goliath when RAG’s little art fair (featuring over 150 affordable but unique works of art) takes on the mighty Brighton Art Fair (BAF) this weekend (24th – 27th November)

RAG are a group of professional artists, makers and designers, offering affordable paintings and prints for contemporary interiors, alongside a 21st century take on traditional crafts like rag rugs, jewellery and quilting.

The self-styled Revolutionary Arts Groop have packed over 150 original works of art as well as prints, cards and much more into the 50 square metres of Brighton’s Start Contemporary Gallery, in a show that goes head-to-head with the massive Brighton Art Fair which takes place at the cavernous Corn Exchange just a few doors away.

 

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Artists & Makers Celebrates 500th Story

35 years ago The Pink Fairies played at the Phun City Festival just outside Worthing: and sang in their biggest hit "Don't think about it man - all you gotta do is do it ... Don't talk about it - all you do is do it."  Across the years, their DIY anthem has obviously filtered into Worthing’s collective consciousness and RAG (based in the Sussex town) have been ‘doing it’, rather than just talking, for five years.

This website has been key in the process, providing a gateway to events organised by RAG as well as by over 50 other artists and groups from the South of England. And this is a landmark - the 500th story to appear on the site.

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RAG Exhibition Is Brighton Art Fair Fringe

There’s a  perfect opportunity to treat yourself, your friends and your family this Christmas …as RAG showcase sumptuous textiles, exclusive contemporary paintings and prints, designer jewellery, handmade Christmas cards and other affordable - but unique - gifts.

RAG are a group of professional artists, makers and designers, offering affordable paintings and prints for contemporary interiors, alongside a 21st century take on traditional crafts like rag rugs, jewellery and quilting.

The self-styled Revolutionary Arts Groop (and no, that’s not a spelling mistake) takes over Brighton’s Start Contemporary Gallery from Thursday 17th – Sunday 27th November, to coincide with the massive Brighton Art Fair which takes place just a few doors away.

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Artists & Makers in Brighton & Worthing

For five years, one group has consistently shown work by the best artists and makers from the South Coast. And this Christmas, exhibitions in Worthing and Brighton offer two chances to catch the fastest rising stars of the contemporary art scene.

RAG, formed around a group of practicing professional painters, potters, performers and photographers in late 2000, has grown to include everything from contemporary textile arts to conceptual installation. No other group shows such a diverse range of work, and that’s one of RAG’s strengths. Another is the accessible way that the work is shown to an ever-growing audience of admirers, art fans and collectors.

Alongside exhibitions in gritty contemporary gallery spaces (like the Brighton Fringe Basement, June 05), RAG regularly show work in community spaces. In late November, the group take over Brighton’s Start Contemporary Gallery (to coincide with the massive Brighton Art Fair, which takes place just a few doors away) – and in early December, RAG stage their annual festive arts event, Artists & Makers at St Matthew’s, Worthing. For one night and one day the dramatic church, with its vaulted wooden roof, becomes part exciting art space, part contemporary craft fair.