New exhibition on Worthing Beach

Released: Thursday, 18 May 2023

Stroll along Worthing's historic promenade at any time, day or night, and you will encounter a new exhibition at the West Buildings Shelter entitled 'The Stations'.

The exhibition, featuring photography by artist and campaigner Marksteen Adamson, is a unique project tracing the journey of refugees, provoking reflection and calling for a response from those more fortunate.

Drawing on the emotional suffering represented by the traditional 14 'Stations of the Cross' it encapsulates the experiences and stories of refugees throughout their harrowing journeys.

After being exhibited in venues across the country, local resident Rod Thick worked with the Catholic Parish of Lancing and Worthing to bring the intimate black and white portraits to Worthing for the very first time. Rod said:

“I support refugees and asylum seekers, and hope this exhibition will highlight the stories of individuals, desperate situations and the long journeys people take in search of a better and safer life. We are really happy to see this exhibition in Worthing.”

In this exhibition, against the backdrop of Worthing's beautiful coastline, the viewer gets a personal insight into refugees' experiences and surroundings, and gains a sense of hope, fear, and fortitude in the face of upheaval. All of the photographs were taken in Lebanon and Calais, France, which capture the daily lives of refugees and their families.

Councillor Rita Garner, Worthing Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure said:

“Firstly, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Rod and Colonnade House for bringing this exhibition to Worthing.

“The touching, thought-provoking portraits and accompanying information raise issues we can all engage with. We want to send out the message that refugees are welcome here.”

The exhibition will be on show in Worthing until Summer 2023.

Photo: The intimate black and white portraits are now on display on Worthing seafront

PR23-060 - The intimate black and white portraits are now on display on Worthing seafront

Photo: Local resident Rod Thick pictured with the exhibition

PR23-060 - Local resident Rod Thick pictured with the exhibition

Photo: 'The Stations' exhibition is now on display at the West Buildings Shelter in Worthing

PR23-060 - 'The Stations' exhibition is now on display at the West Buildings Shelter in Worthing

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