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Courageous Art In RAG's 5th Birthday Exhibition

Twenty first century art takes centrestage at an exhibition marking the 5th birthday of a West Sussex arts group.

RAG’s 5th birthday exhibition, titled ‘COURAGE’, will highlight digital art, photography, installation and video work. Around a dozen artists will take part in the exhibition, which takes place in the dramatic setting of St Matthew’s, Tarring Road, Worthing.

The exhibition includes video art by controversial artist Nathan Bean, who will curate the show, and an installation by Dan Thompson.

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Congratulations Sarge and Gaynor!

<p>Sarge and Gaynor Barber were married at Centenary House registry office at 11.00am Thursday 1st September 2005. Many will remember the happy couple as the crew for the Tsunami Appeal concert in January. They also provided security at the '2' exhibition in the Fringe Basement in Brighton. The bride and groom were attired in motorcycle leathers for the ceremony and rode off to the Sussex Yeoman on 750cc bikes, escorted by a gang of ex-Hell's Angels from the happy couple's chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. I'm sure all RAG members and supporters will join me in wishing them well for their future!</p>
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Big Chill Recordings at Artists & Makers Festival Finale

The Artists & Makers Festival reaches a breathtaking finale when the Big Chill Recordings roadshow rolls into Worthing.

The Big Chill is a multimedia festival, bar, and record label - and offers a highly evolved, all-round experience, with a wide variety of music and performance, art, dance and film. Discovering that artist-led organisation RAG (which is behind the Artists & Makers Festival) took a similar approach to mixing it all up, Big Chill Recordings’ label manager thought a coming-together seemed logical and the event was booked.

Three Big Chill Recordings acts will headline the evening, with a mix of art, poetry, literature and dance completing a packed five hours of entertainment in the quirky surroundings of Field Place, West Worthing.

Intimate and powerful, headliner Eva Abraham’s voice takes the listener on a bluesy journey through the full range of late-night emotions. Portishead's Niven Garland has produced her album, and bolsters the raw sound with moody strings and eerie instrumentation.

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RAG Artists In Smirnoff Experience Commission

From old-school cassettes to state-of-the-art digital illustration, artists from RAG have responded to an unusual commission from the organisers of the Smirnoff Experience in very different, but equally eyecatching, ways.

Three artists have been commissioned to produce artwork for shop windows in Brighton’s North Laine district, to promote the eclectic musical line up of the Smirnoff Experience, a one-off event which takes place at Brighton Racecourse on Saturday 23rd July.

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Postcard Competition - Winners Announced

Six striking views of the town have been chosen as winners in the annual Worthing Postcard Competition.

Newnum Art teamed up with RAG to bring together innovative art, inspired pictures and unusual views, which have been inspired by Worthing. The work, in every media, every shape and every size, all takes its inspiration from the town and was on show at the town's Art Market and then at Newnum Art’s studio. Both events took place as part of the Artists & Makers Festival. 

The public voted for their favourite entry in the annual competition, and a team of staff from Newnum Art and artists from RAG chose a further five winners. All the winners will see their work printed as postcards.

The winners include Elaine Ansell, with a striking view of Worthing fishing boats with the familiar Dome in the background, and Russell Bell, who also featured the cinema under storm clouds in a dramatic photo.

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Kaleidoscope of Threads

Thanks to Worthing Arts Council, the Artists & Makers Festival has brought together a whole wealth of arts activities, exhibitions and performances this year; and the annual 'Kaleidoscope of Threads' from the Textile Arts Forum was the highlight for fabric fans.
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How Far Would You Go?

Just how far would you travel for art? As the annual Artists & Makers Festival moves into week three, it’s clear that the events are attracting record numbers of visitors – including one who travelled from Tabernacle, New Jersey to Worthing to see an event.

The ever-popular open houses and studios saw visitors from across the UK on their first weekend (including Hertfordshire, Reading, Guildford and Wiltshire); but also holidaymakers visiting the UK from Norway, the US and Canada.  But an American graphic designer has trumped them, travelling all the way from his home outside Philadelphia - just to see Bill Drummond perform in Worthing.

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Open House Blog

For the second year, artist Dan Thompson is keeping a blog during his Artists & Makers Festival open house.
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Week Two of Artists & Makers Festival 05

After a spectacular opening weekend, which included literature, poetry and performance events, week two of the Artists & Makers Festival sees the visual arts take centre stage.

One of the most popular events - artists’ open houses and studios across Worthing and Horsham - is back for the fifth year.

The best artists, makers and designers from across the region will show and sell their work at venues from Warnham to West Worthing, from Steyning to Shipley and from Pulborough to Plummers Plain. Around 100 artists in 30 venues will exhibit everything from contemporary crafts to video art, with venues open from 2-6pm this Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th and again on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July.

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Ottakars Onboard For Artists & Makers Festival

It’s now even easier to find out about the Artists & Makers Festival, thanks to the support of Ottakars, Worthing’s newest bookstore.

Ottakars will be hosting a striking window display about Worthing’s annual arts festival, and be letting all their customers know about the programme of events which includes open-air Shakespeare, artists opening their houses and studios to visitors, an evening with musicians from Big Chill Recordings and West Sussex Writers’ Club’s annual ‘Day for Writers’. From July, the Montague Street store will also host a year-round ever-changing exhibition of artists work, organised by RAG.

RAG artist Sheila Guyatt will design the Artists & Makers Festival window display, in store from Saturday 2nd July. Trained at St Martin’s School of Art, Sheila’s creations have previously graced windows in London’s Oxford Street and major stores in Brighton.

Sheila, who has designed exhibition stands in Germany and Dubai, will open her house at 28a Mill Road, Worthing as part of the Artists & Makers Festival open houses and studios event. Her cottage is one of over 30 houses and studios that will open their doors, between 2 – 6pm on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th July.

The Artists & Makers Festival brings together all the key arts groups in Worthing under one banner.