Artwave’s bumper bank holiday weekend


Following the explosive first weekend of Artwave, there’s a definite festival feeling to bank holiday weekend as communities get together to celebrate creativity in different ways across the Lewes district.

Organised by Lewes District Council, Artwave celebrates its 25th year of bringing together artists and makers and this year it features special colour themed events including family workshops, Art in Nature walks and an Art and Film Three Colour Trilogy.

On bank holiday Monday Newhaven Fort hosts the community run Festival of Belonging, a one-day free family event with live music, craft workshops, food and drink stalls and tours around the Fort. At the heart of the event is contemporary artist Morag Myerscough’s multi-coloured Belonging Bandstand installation.

You can come and Colour The Town on Saturday by chalking the pavements in striking colours through Newhaven town centre. Meet by Newhaven Library at 10am.

Following Artwave’s two packed opening lectures about the Theory of Colour by Dr Alexandra Loske and a sold out screening of Three Colours: Blue at the Depot in Lewes, there is a chance to hear Alexandra again this weekend giving an introduction to Three Colours: White screening at the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven on Saturday evening. The Hillcrest Cafe is serving delicious home-made food before the film. Book online at

Visit Blue at Depot, a pop-up blue house and exhibition at the Lewes cinema, featuring a selection of blue-inspired work produced by artists of all ages and levels of experience.

There’s a Festival of Talent at Isfield Village Hall from 11am until 6pm from Friday to Sunday when artists and makers from the village and surrounding areas show a variety of work, or you can take your pick from open houses in Ringmer including the popular Artists and an Orchard collective and artist and designer Anna Hayman who opens for the second time showing her own home textiles and wallpaper.

The Attic Art Club in Ditchling celebrates its 80th birthday and will be showcasing a mix of inspiring 2D and 3D works from 30 talented Sussex artists. Other homes and studios in the village will be open over the weekend with an array of art, sculptures, photographs, jewellery and silverware.

On the Seaford trail, you will be spoilt for choice over the weekend with a range of multi-artists venues and gardens including a preview opening of the new Studio-Gallery in Church Street where there will be the chance to sign up for hands on practical courses in life drawing and photography.

Over the three weekends of Artwave, work will be showcased from 600 artists and makers and all venues are free to visit. You can meet some of the creators, talk to them about their practice and buy direct.  Many venues offer home-baked food and drink too.

For details of all events and timings, visit or follow on Twitter and Instagram @artwavefestival


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