There are four temporary exhibition spaces which includes one outdoor space for sculpture. Each of the three indoor galleries are programmed to change up to three times per year. We focus on interpreting the museums collections in the Norwood gallery which is the smallest of the temporary spaces. The Studio gallery is a light and airy ground floor gallery with plenty of natural light due to the Edwardian glass roof so this particularly suits contemporary crafts such as ceramics and glass, as well as other contemporary arts. The main art gallery is the largest space and often includes exhibitions of mixed disciplines, historical displays and group exhibitions.

The main gallery hosts our popular biennial Open exhibition, when we encourage anyone who lives or works in West Sussex to enter up to 3 art works for selection in the final exhibition. We take proposals in for consideration all year round and we consider work based upon various criteria including quality, variety, interpretation and public interest. We actively seek funding to work on collaborative projects and also host touring exhibitions. Generally, the galleries are programmed up to 18 months in advance.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal we’d like to get a good sense of the context of your work as well as visual information. Ideally this should be emailed to museum@adur-worthing.gov.uk and addressed to the exhibition team.

Archaeology – Walks

Archaeology - Walks Join our archaeologist and historian James Sainsbury for the second year of walks in our beautiful local countryside - with stunning views guaranteed (weather depending!). James will be bringing along archaeological items from the museum...

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Open 18

Open 18 - Date: 3rd November 2018 to 30th March 2019 The popular WMA biennial OPEN returns for another year. It offers all those within our community an exciting opportunity to exhibit within a distinguished gallery space. Submitting work to this exhibition is open to...

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A Leaf on a Sea Breeze

A Leaf on a Sea Breeze: a touring exhibition from Leasingstede Museum - Date: 7th July to 24th November 2018 Way over in the West Country, there’s an idiosyncratic folk museum in the fictitious village of Leasingstede, which happens to have a shared history with this...

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Safe European Home? (past, present, future)

Safe European Home? (past, present, future) - Date: 12th May to 13th October Art and installation by Delaine and Damian Le Bas and Alex Michon, photo-installation by Julia Horbaschk. “I’m literally putting Gypsies on the map”, Damian Le Bas would say of his...

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Dress to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men’s Fashion

Dress to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men's Fashion - Date: 28th April to 25th August 2018 Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion is a British Museum Partnership Exhibition, which explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo...

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Tank Girl

Tank Girl - Nadia and Nessy, founders of Creative Waves, are working with Alan Martin on New Amusements funded by Arts Council England. As well as an exhibition on Worthing Pier, featuring Tank Girl, Alan has curated pieces from his collection of comic ephemera for an...

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On a Night Like This

On a Night Like This: Gary & Bambi Goodman - Date: Saturday 10th February to Saturday 30th June 2018. Gary and Bambi, father and daughter, artist and artist. After two successful exhibitions at WishLess Gallery in Tokyo and a show at Studio One Gallery in London, Gary...

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Costume Trail

Costume Trail  - Date: Ends Summer 2018. Worthing Costume Trail is a wonderful way to discover the treasures hidden within Worthing Museum & Art Gallery’s costume collection. The trail features garments made and worn over the past 200 years, showcased at nine popular...

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