Worthing seafront remembered by artistic exhibits at festival

Christine Cooper pouring a cup of tea in her vintage tearoom
Christine Cooper pouring a cup of tea in her vintage tearoom
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THREE unique artists exhibited work dedicated to seaside memories as part of the Worthing and Adur Food and Drink Festival in Steyne Gardens on Saturday, July 6.

The project, called ‘The Happenings’, was organised by Worthing Theatres as a cultural experience for the community. It focused on the town’s seafront and showcased the work of Christine Cooper, Geoff Bartholomew and Lewis Gibson.

Christine’s, ‘A Seaside Holiday’, was a one-on-one, storytelling piece, set in a vintage tearoom. Christine recalled memories she had collected from members of the public and encouraged her audience to share their own.

She said: “The idea was to encourage more storytelling. It can be empowering for people to tell their stories. It was lovely to speak with older people.”

‘Sitting here together forever: The drift’ was a sound theatre piece by Lewis Gibson. Lewis’s audience listened individually to recordings of local people and locations while looking out to sea.

He said: “The people I spoke to said it transported them to another place and they found it very moving.”

Geoff’s untitled piece was a giant pinhole camera that the audience could step inside. It gave a view of the sunken garden and coastline beyond.

Gemma Nethersole, press officer at Worthing Theatres, said: “We received excellent feedback from viewers and participants on the day and are looking forward to doing something bigger and better next year.”