We Are Worthing campaign will celebrate Covid heroes

Just over a year since the first lockdown was announced in the UK, Worthing Theatres and Museum are reaching out to the local community, asking them to nominate and submit photographs of their local lockdown heroes.

Amanda O'Reilly
Amanda O'Reilly

The photographs will become part a unique outdoor photography exhibition filling the windows of the Pavilion Theatre on Worthing seafront. The exhibition will also become part of an online digital catalogue, with all content generated by the community,

We Are Worthing looks to capture the faces and stories of the people that shaped the past year.

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Worthing Theatres and Museum are asking the public from across Sussex to submit photographs of the people who have impacted their lives during the pandemic, along with a short description of why the person matters to them or made a difference to the community.

CEO Amanda O’Reilly said: “The last year has been full of unprecedented challenges and we have learnt that sometimes the smallest things can make the biggest difference.

“We are excited that the We Are Worthing project offers a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the people who matter to them, whether they are friends, family, neighbours or colleagues. We want to hear your stories.

“So if there is someone in Sussex who has impacted your life in a positive way during lockdown – it could be someone who amazed you with their dedication and hard work protecting and caring for the community, someone who cheered you up on a weekly Zoom call, a neighbour who dropped off your shopping or inspired you by taking up couch to 5K – this is your chance to say an extra special thank you and let them know how important they are to you by nominating them as your pandemic hero.”

Head of curation and engagement Gerry Connolly added: “It is wonderful to be able to involve the community in this outdoor exhibition at the iconic Pavilion Theatre in the heart of Worthing.

“We are excited to be able to capture moments and memories from an extraordinary last year and celebrate the amazing people that make up our community and their stories from lockdown.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday April 30.

Photographs should be front-facing passport style and the highest quality possible accompanied by a short explanation (30-50 words) of why you are nominating this person. Successful submissions will then form part of the exhibition at the Pavilion Theatre as well as being included in an online digital catalogue. For more information or to nominate your pandemic hero, visit www.wtam.uk/weareworthing.

This exhibition will form part of WTM’s Walk A Mile project that also encapsulates the In Their Shoes exhibition at WTM Museum and Gallery and a walking tour around Worthing town centre. Worthing Museum will reopen from Saturday, May 22 for Saturdays (10am-5pm) and Thursdays (10am-8pm).