Imagine being allowed to personally pick four paintings from an art collection to hang on the walls of your office.
For the Mayor of Worthing, it’s one of the first duties in the new job.
Upcoming mayor, Councillor Hazel Thorpe, has already chosen the four works she wants hung in the Mayor’s Parlour for her year in office starting on May 17th.
The chosen work – which includes two women artists and paintings which have a Worthing connection – comes from the art store at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery.
In an oil painting from 1950, Herbert Lodge is portrayed conducting the Worthing Symphony Orchestra The artist is a bit of a mystery and only known as ‘March’. The Museum would love to hear from anyone who has further information (see picture below).
Liverpool Terrace and Gardens in the 1960s is portrayed in a watercolour by Rosemary Kirlew, whilst Worthing Library and Art Gallery, as it then was in 1930, is portrayed in a pen and ink drawing by artist Vera Down.
Finally there is an oil painting of white poppies by the Hungarian artist Gyula Sajo, a refugee who came to live in Worthing in 1956 where he had a studio and taught local artists.
The paintings were recently hung in the Mayor’s wood-lined office by Emma Walder and Sarah Hobson of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.
Cllr Thorpe, who represents Tarring Ward and is a former draughtswoman, said:
“It’s going to be a joy to look at these paintings. I chose them for their connection to Worthing, but also to honour women artists and diversity in the town. A fifth painting will be an abstract by Louise, a member of the Superstar Arts, which is a wonderful local group which offers creative projects for young people and adults with learning disabilities.”