Art becomes part of Worthing’s history

One of Lucy Ames' paintings
One of Lucy Ames' paintings

AN ASHINGTON artist’s work has taken its place in seafront history.

Lucy Ames’ paintings are among 100 pieces by 60 different artists which have been printed on vinyl panels and built into the central walkway of Worthing Pier to celebrate the landmark’s 150th anniversary.

The community project, run by Creative Waves Community Arts, launched on Sunday (March 11) and is designed to showcase the artistic talent of people across the area.

It was funded through a £1,925 Community Initiative Fund grant from the Worthing County Local Committee (CLC) which the group successfully applied for last October.

It will also be included as a venue on the Worthing Open House trail in June.

Vanessa Breen and Nadia Chalk, from Creative Waves, asked local artists to submit work for the exhibition towards the end of last year.

Nadia said: “Worthing has a large creative community and we hope this exhibition will promote our artists and town, whilst enhancing our wonderful pier.

“The quality of the work was fantastic and the feedback has been very positive.”

Lucy’s paintings are of Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre and some of the Regency houses in the town.

She said: “I know Vanessa and Nadia from my involvement in Worthing Open Houses and the Artists’ Open Shop.

“They emailed local artists asking them to submit paintings for their pier project, and I did.”

The 43-year-old, who lives in Posthorses, has painted a series of work on the theme The Hidden Beauty of Worthing. She paints iconic images such as the pier and The Royal Arcade in “glorious seaside colours reminiscent of summer days eating ice-cream on the prom”.

The paintings also have newspaper cuttings about the town subtly dotted about the image to add more context.