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Lancing Exhibition

Lancing Art Club have an exhibition at The Parish Rooms in the High Street, Lancing this week until Saturday 23rd. 10am until 8pm. Admission is free.
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Wish You Were Here - Postcard Competition

Arts & Crafts‘Wish You Were Here’ is the message two Worthing arts companies will be sending to Tony Blair this month.

RAG and Newnum Arts believe that the town is set to challenge Brighton for the county’s cultural crown, and are using a range of postcards, designed by artists, to spread the message. The postcards were chosen from entries to a competition launched in May, and will be sent to prominent figures including the Prime Minister this month.

RAG’s Dan Thompson explains. “Brighton’s always been good at blowing its own trumpet, and we felt it was Worthing’s turn for the limelight.”

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Wish You Were Here

Back in May, RAG and Newnum Arts teamed up for the Worthing Postcard Competition ... a great new initiative promoting arts and artists from this seaside town.

We were looking for the best art inspired by the town. We got bold paintings, digital work, colourful collage and black and white photography ... all inspired by Worthing.

We chose the seven most original and interesting submissions and have turned them into postcards to promote the town's growing arts scene. The winning artists were Erica Sturla, Allison Beaumont, Christiane Kersten, Adrian Crick, Sam Fenton, Kim Kallend and Jane Brackin.

Postcards will be available at RAG's Artists & Makers events and at monthly arts club Roundabout.


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Making News

"In the next five years Worthing will be massive in terms of art. It will be bigger than Brighton." The Scene

Here at RAG HQ, we aim to raise the profile of contemporary arts and crafts - and our great relationship with the media helps us to achieve this. Already this year, we've generated nearly 100 arts stories in papers and magazines, as well as gaining radio and internet coverage for our artists, writers and musicians. And it's only August.

Read on for more about painter Bob Brighton (pictured) and other RAG artists who've been making news in 2003...

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Exhibitions In 2002

Exhibitions Across The South-East In 2002

Neck of the Woods celebrated the Start Contemporary Gallery's second birthday- and RAG's first Brighton exhibition. For the Brighton Festival Fringe, RAG and Start worked together to showcase 16 artists and makers from Sussex. Neck of the Woods ran from 14th May-15th June at Start Contemporary Gallery, 8 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1US, with RAG artists Dan Thompson, Nathan Bean, Olga Kohutek, Alison Milner-Gulland, Sally Harris and Tracey Thompson.

RAG BONE took the same six RAG artists to the Chromos Gallery in Canterbury. This busy space, in the Chromos Arts Shop, 77 Stour Street, played host to RAG from 1st-13th June.

"Thanks for a very interesting show, full of quality exhibits and showing much talent. Hope you can come again next year!" From all at Chromos.

Ragtag & Bobtail ran from January to April 2002 in The Studio at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, gain showcasing artists and makers from RAG. This exhibition entertained, enlightened and enraged in equal measures, with the Worthing Herald dedicating a front page to the show with the headline "Is This Art?". The public obviously thought so...

"Very stunning and varied collection of work"
Antoinette Kelly
"Contemporary arts in Worthing - whatever next?"
Hamish McKenzie
"As Oscar Wilde said 'All art is quite useless' - and this is more useless than most - well done!"
Dirk Beaumont
"I am impressed by the very beautiful use of colours and also the rich textures"
Dario Stefanou

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Worthing Fringe 2003

"Great effort for getting the art movement going in Worthing. Well done - you deserve success" Mike Rome

The Worthing Fringe, which ran alongside the Worthing Arts Festival throughout July 2003, was a great success.

Thanks to all the artists, musicians, poets and the trusty RAG team, without whom none of this celebration of the Worthing arts would have been possible - to the local press for their support for all we do with contemporary arts & crafts and music - to the BabyLamb gang for this great Artists and Makers website - and to the enthusiastic visitors to contemporary arts & crafts exhibitions, artists open houses & to the first Roundabout who made the whole month so worthwhile!
Read on for more visitor's comments...

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Art Trail Open Houses

Described by the press as 'The biggest hit of the Worthing Fringe', the Art Trail was founded by Dan and Tracey Thompson to give the public a chance to meet artists in their homes and studios, and see work in venues across the town.

In 2000, Dan and Tracey persuaded just a dozen other artists to join them. By 2003 the Art Trail had nearly 100 members and was the most popular event in the Worthing Fringe.

Picture - From Adrian Crick's open house

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Portraits - Tracey Thompson

An exhibition of portraits by Tracey Thompson is the first event in this year’s Art Trail, which was described last year as “the biggest hit of the Worthing Fringe”.

Tracey, who works mainly in acrylics, will be exhibiting at Worthing Library from 14th - 28th June. Alongside portraits of children will be paintings of young people from Durrington, with local graffiti screenprinted in the background. Tracey, who trained at Northbrook College for a degree in fine art, is a founder member of the Art Trail, which now has over 90 members.

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Ultimate Guide to the Worthing Fringe

"The biggest hit of the Worthing Fringe" said the West Sussex Gazette last year - and the success of The Art Trail looks set to continue in 2003.

With nearly 20 open houses across the town, and exhibitions at The Acacia Guesthouse & Gallery, The Barn at Field Place and other venues, The Art Trail provides the biggest art exhibition in the town.

Add top-quality events from RAG, an exciting and eclectic international music programme from Duende, and the launch of new music and spoken word club Roundabout, and you've got the biggest and best ever Worthing Fringe, running alongside the Worthing Arts Festival.

And with listings, news and reviews for all these groups and more on this site, is the ultimate guide to the Worthing Fringe

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Wish You Were Here

Two companies leading the arts in Worthing have teamed up for the first Worthing Postcard Competition, a great new initiative promoting art and artists from the seaside town which will be unveiled during the Worthing Fringe in July.

RAG and Newnum Art, the town's only dedicated art suppliers, have teamed up and are looking for the best art which has been inspired by Worthing. They want work in every media, every shape and every size, which takes its inspiration from the town. And they will be choosing the seven most original and interesting submissions and turning them into postcards to promote Worthing's growing arts scene.

"We're not only showing our commitment to local art in a real way," said RAG spokesman Dan Thompson, "but also promoting just what a great town Worthing is to a national audience."