WELCOME ABOARD BRIGHTON & HOVE BUSES
This year our headline sponsors Brighton and Hove Buses are fully on board and fully embracing the spirit of Artwave. On 1st September, The Floral Bus, a replica Regency Route bus made entirely of flowers, will appear in the precinct right in the heart of Lewes Town. Residents and visitors will be invited to pick a flower from the bus for a chance to win hidden prizes.
Edi Mandala, will be also be on board one of their buses as their resident artist. If you are travelling to Lewes on 28-29th August, you may just catch sight of him as he travels to Lewes to work on a mosaic commission.
Artwave would like to encourage visitors to leave the car behind and discover new routes and venues. Download or pick up a brochure at one of our TICs where details of how to reach venues by public transport have been added to our map. Hop aboard and enjoy the scenery, there are some beautiful bus routes in our district.
Now in its 24th year, Artwave is one of the largest and most popular arts events in East Sussex. This year around 500 artists will be showing their work all across the Lewes District. Artwave is a great day out for visiting new places, meeting new people and picking up some locally produced art to take home. If you are visiting Artwave this year, why not stay a little longer and make a day of it? We have some great eateries, attractions and places to stay in our district. Here are some of our top tips and suggestions for a fantastic day out or weekend away.
This is just a taster of some of the events and exhibitions taking place across our district. Full listings can be seen on The Artwave website and the brochure is availiable from our Tourist Information Centres in Lewes and Seaford.
NEW THIS YEAR - ART ON FILM
This year was a great year for film in our district. With the opening of the new Depot cinema in Lewes town and lots of art house and international films being screened across our district, Artwave have decided to celebrate with a series of special screenings.
DEPOT CINEMA LEWES: Final Portrait
WHEN: 18 -24 August (Time TBC)
HILLCREST CINEMA NEWHAVEN: Frida
WHEN: 26 August 6pm
SEAFORD COMMUNITY CINEMA: Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern Garden: MONET TO MATISSE
WHEN: 2 September 7pm
THE SEAFORD TRAIL
Seaford beach is one of our district’s favourite places for a super, summer day out. Unspoilt beaches, independent shops and a museum all make for a perfect family day trip. To find out more about what to expect in Seaford VISIT
GETTING THERE: Brighton & Hove Buses 12 & 12a
Seaford does have a railway station, but please check the availability of the service before you travel.
We are Mountains and friends will be exhibiting photography, prints and more at the iconic fisherman’s cottages on Seven Sisters Cliffs, Cuckmere Haven.
WHEN: 1st two weekends of the festival
WHERE: 6 Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere Haven, BN25 2AR
The garden at Driftwood is an Artwave favourite and a finalist in Gardeners’ World Magazine in the Garden of the Year Awards 2016. Their beach themed, seafront garden is used as a back drop to display art, ceramics and sculpture. They also serve tea and cakes in vintage china and visitors simply love it, so much so that they were awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
WHEN: Open every weekend throughout Artwave excluding bank holiday Monday.
WHERE: 4 Marine Drive, Seaford, BN25 2RS
This venue can be reached by travelling on the Brighton & Hove buses “Coaster” 12/12a bus route
STAY LONGER IN SEAFORD
Seaford is surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK, and it is well worth staying a little longer if you fancy a short break. For accommodation VISIT for our current selection of listings. Why not visit the quirky and unique Seaford Museum, situated on the seafront, it is small but jammed packed with historical artefacts and novelties.
Situated high on the cliffs of Seaford Head, The View boasts stunning 360º panoramic views over Seaford Bay, Seaford Town, the Seaford Head Golf Course, Seaford Beach and the Sussex Downs countryside. The View is also a restaurant, serving everything from breakfast through to afternoon teas. Keep an eye on their events page for their regular Jazz and comedy and regularly updated special offers.
To find directions and see their full menu VISIT
Southdown Road,Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JS
New to Seaford, this unique sculptural seating is the perfect spot to sit and admire Seaford’s magnificent cliffs and sweeping bay. The brain child of inspirational gardener, Gabby Tofts, and local sculptor Christian Funnell, The Shoal will grow to fill splash point as more fish plaques are sponsored and added.
The Shoal, Splashpoint, Seaford BN25 1BW
A variety a local artists display their work for sale, in this eagerly anticipated arts event. 45% of the profits go towards the work carried out by local community owned football club, Lewes F.C. Here you get a chance to buy prints, photography and sculpture by some of the finest artists working in our district.
WHEN: 18 – 20 August
Friday 18th – 11am to 5pm, Saturday 19th – 11am to 5pm, Sunday 20th – 11am to 3pm
WHERE: Fitzroy House, Cliffe Precinct BN7
Voted as last year’s ‘ Artwave Favourite Artist’, wood engraver Keith Pettit is once again exhibiting his intricate artworks inspired by local landscapes and nature.This year he will be joined by lamp bead maker Rebecca Holden and Wolfram Lohr with his bespoke, leather work.
WHEN: Every weekend of the festival
WHERE: 2 Fisher St, Lewes, BN7 2DG
SUSSEX ARTS COLLECTIVE
Voted BEST VENUE during Artwave 2016, the Sussex Arts Collective will be returning to Lewes House for an even bigger exhibition this year. Over forty of their members will be exhibiting, giving you the opportunity to see a wide body of works. From fine art painting to basket making, sculpture to wood turning, there’s sure to be something to catch your eye.
WHEN: 12-21 August, 10-4.30pm
WHERE: Lewes House, 32 High St, School Hill, BN7
STORIES SEEN THROUGH A GLASS PLATE
Artwave are pleased to announce that Edward Reeves Photography are once again showing their internationally acclaimed exhibition – Stories seen through a Glass Plate, 1914-1918 Lewes Remembers.Over 80 light boxes displaying images from Edward Reeves’ photographic archive, will be displayed in 65 windows across the town. This year the exhibition also has an audio trail online and some new images of historic Lewes. From vintage cars, shopkeepers and ordinary folk, this is well worth a visit day or night. Leaflets detailing the position of the light boxes will be available form the Lewes Tourist Information Centre.
Edward Reeves Photography, 159 High St, Lewes, BN7 1XU
STAY LONGER IN LEWES
Visit a photographic exhibition by Carlotta Luke and stay for a film. Carlotta spent 2 years documenting the renovation of this former brewery site and its transformation to a three screen state of the art cinema. Carlotta and cinema director Carmen, are also doing a free talk about the exhibition on 22 August at 6pm in the Studio at the Depot
WHERE: Depot, Pinwell Rd, Lewes, BN7 2JS
WHEN: Showing from 19 August to 3 September
Pelham House Hotel in Lewes is a beautiful 16th century town house hotel that has been exquisitely restored to create a stylish venue, which combines elegance and history. The hotel offers 36 boutique hotel style bedrooms, each of which has been individually designed for maximum comfort.The stunning architecture of the building is complemented by beautiful hotel gardens, which have an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
Why not try their £99 special offer which includes a room for two, with dinner and breakfast in their historic dining room. VISIT for further details.
Close to Lewes railway station, on the edge of town,you will find more than twenty acres of land on the banks of the River Ouse. This is a prized nature reserve with plenty of birds, wild flowers and places to take a shady walk. Here you will also find an award winning, sustainable building, the Linklater Pavilion, which was built at the entrance to the reserve and is now both home to the Trust and a thriving hub for environmental interests and activities. During Artwave they will be exhibiting works by local artists, many of which will have been inspired by these surrounds.
WHEN: The exhibition runs every day from 26 August -3 September – 11am – 5pm
WHERE: Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes BN7 2FG
Brand new to Lewes, Ooh Art, shows contemporary paintings, textiles, sculpture, jewellery, graphic arts, calligraphy and poetry by local artists and designers. To find out more about their opening times and future events visit their Facebook or Twitter pages.
Ooh Art Lower ground floor, 23 High St, Lewes, BN7 2LU
EDITOR’S CHOICE: Dawn Stacey Swans, Dominique Taleghani – Strange Maps, Janine Shute – china dog.
The Old Forge is the home of sculptor Christian Funnel, who will be opening his house and garden to exhibit the work of over 20 artists and makers. Photography, ceramics, leather, furniture and lighting will all be on display to admire and buy. They also serve excellent cream teas in their delightful garden.
WHEN: Every weekend throughout the festival from 12am – 5pm
WHERE: The Old Forge, Heighton Road, South Heighton, BN9 0JH
Exhibiting at her home studio, Rebecca Kent will be showing some of her abstract paintings. Inspired by her local surroundings, each painting tells a story with a juxtaposition of colours and textures.
WHEN: Every weekend of Artwave
WHERE: 62 the Fairway, Newhaven, BN9 9XX
TAKE A FERRY TO FRANCE
If you really want to push the boat out, why not take a day trip to France? Newhaven is the closest ferry port to London in the UK. DFDS Ferries operate a ferry service three times a day between Newhaven & Dieppe and in under just four hours you can travel from Sussex to Upper Normandy. If you’re feeling really adventurous, Dieppe has fast and convenient links to Paris.
CASTLE HILL NATURE RESERVE
With stunning views over the sea and hidden glades of wildflowers, if you want to lose yourself in nature, this is the place for you. Located on the cliff tops next to Newhaven Fort, this stunning reserve offers spectacular views over the Ouse Estuary, Seaford Head and out to the sea. It’s a steep walk, but you won’t be disappointed when you reach the top.
Castle Hill Nature Reserve, Fort Rd, Newhaven BN9 9DS
The Big Park is a great place to take kids of all ages. Completed in March 2015, it boasts a large play facility for toddlers and an adventure playground for the older kids complete with a carved dragon, acorn tower and giant swing. There is also a state of the art skate park and an ecologically sound cafe serving fresh coffee, lunch and snacks. Here you can also see the totem gateway sculptures by Artwave artist, Keith Pettit.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Buses – No. 12 and 12A Brighton and Hove Buses Eastbourne – Seaford – Newhaven – Peacehaven – Saltdean – Rottingdean – Brighton
Cloaked in mystery and protected by its impressive ramparts, Newhaven Fort has been keeping secrets safely hidden for almost 150 years. Venture inside this extraordinary Victorian Structure to discover its fascinating and surprising past and help to celebrate and forge its exciting future. Journey deep into the vast network of tunnels, venture on to the ramparts and gun emplacements to soak up the stunning views, and unlock the secret stories of the people who lived and worked at Newhaven Fort. Explore hundreds of genuine military artefacts housed in the casemates lining the Parade Ground and reveal their hidden history. Don’t miss the realistic air-raid recreation in the Blitz Bomb Shelter and the fascinating Home Front exhibition.
HOW TO GET THERE: Newhaven Fort, Fort Road Newhaven, BN9 9DS. The Brighton & Hove Buses Coaster service (Number 12) runs regularly between Brighton and Eastbourne and buses stop throughout the town centre, approximately 0.7 miles (1.1km) from the Fort.
Fancy a swim, or need your daily fix at the gym? Wave Leisure have centres in Lewes, Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford. They also run a series of summer clubs and activities across the summer. VISIT to find our more.