Worthing Portrait Artist of the Year 2019

Friday March 22nd
Starts: 16:45   Ends: 23:00
St. Paul’s, Worthing


The Gallery @St. Paul’s invites you to join us for an exclusive evening of live portraiture, hosted by Hazel Imbert from Here & Now and Worthing Artists Open Houses.

Get up close and personal as you observe 12 artists at work, creating a unique piece of art in just 4 hours.

Bring your sketchbook and be inspired.

Fine wine & buffet; with an GRAND RAFFLE.


  1. £20 voucher towards a life drawing session with 2018 Runner Up, Wendy Barratt
  2. One year membership to Cellar Arts Club
  3. £25 from HereAndNow
  4. Portrait of Richard Burton by 2018 Runner Up, Frank Ferrie
  5. Original artwork by 2018 Winner, Steve Mort-Hill
  6. A commission portrait of your choice by internationally renowned artist, David Freud

Free Entry

4:30 – 11pm All donations gratefully received

Introduction: 4.45pm

Prizegiving: 10pm

For more information and key dates please check the TERMS & CONDITIONS

Our judges for this year’s competition are:

Caroline Woodward – a multi-media artist and Head of the Creative and Expressive Arts Faculty at St Andrew’s High School for Boys. She was one of the winners in the “Sussex Community” category at the 2007 Worthing Photography Open.

Phil Tyler – a practising artist who has a track record of exhibiting work both nationally and internationally since the mid 1980s. With over 30 years of teaching experience he currently works at the University of Brighton, and the GBMet.

This year we are delighted to have three outstanding sitters for the competition:

Caroline Nicholls DL, High Sheriff of West Sussex 2018-2019 – will be in office until 22nd March 2019, so this year’s event will bring a prestigious and fitting end to a year of service in the community.

Simon Fanshawe OBE – started his broadcasting life when he was a comedian and won the top Comedy Award “The Perrier” at Edinburgh Fringe in 1989.  Simon received his OBE in 2013 for services to higher education and in that same year, received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Sussex for his services.

David Henty – is now considered the world’s best art forger/copyist, having mastered the techniques and idiosyncrasies of some of the most iconic artists, from Michelangelo and Caravaggio through to Pablo Picasso. David produces his highly collectable paintings for enthusiasts and private collections around the globe.

With thanks to our sponsors:

  • Subway EPS
  • Faith through Action
  • HereAndNow
  • Seawhite of Brighton

Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult

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